May 5, 2010

I love older people, I love their stuborness, their stories, their bluntness. I often feel I’m drawn to them, their faces, their lines, their dress sense. I enjoy their company, their stories…sometimes I wish myself to 50 years time when I have earned my badge of honour with years gone-by. I’ve got my favourites, the ones with a bit of divilment in them. The ones with the smiley eyes and quick wit. The ones that pull you to a halt at the local shop to tell you “what a shame it is about Jerry Ryan” or “what do you think of this volcano?”. The ones not embarrassed by conversation with strangers.

Bealtaine is a month long festival celebrating creativity in older age, I’d heard about it briefly through another friend in passing, when she’d mentioned the Dust Your Old Trumpet Off concert. But thinking about Vidal Sassoon (previous post) I remembered to check it out.

Creativity does not stop as we age, and Bealtaine aims to engage older people in the arts again through active participation in music, theatre, art and other creative projects. The festival runs 1-30th May, and I for one can’t wait to check out some of the divilment.