Lancaster’s The Dukes will stage Creative Adventures in Dementia, a two-day festival celebrating three years of its pioneering work for people with dementia, on 17 and 18 May 2018.
Aiming to promote how the arts can improve the lives and mental well-being of people with dementia, Creative Adventures in Dementia will showcase some of the achievements The Dukes already has under its belt through their dementia projects and how lives have already been changed for the better.
The event will include an array of performances and workshops involving artists, practitioners, researchers and others who work closely with people with dementia in a variety of ways. The performance part of the festival will also see Still Me, the theatre’s homegrown multi-arts group for people with early-stage dementia, completely transform The Dukes Centre for Creative Learning into a village fete.
Alongside performances and workshops will be some keynote speakers offering different insights and expertise. Confirmed to be among those is actor John Middleton – who is best known for his portrayal of Ashley Thomas, a vicar with dementia, in Emmerdale – who will talk about what is was like to take on such a role and what he learnt along the way; Wendy Mitchell, author of the Sunday Times bestseller Somebody I Used To Know – a memoir of somebody living with dementia, and journalist and author Nicci Gerrard – co-founder of John’s Campaign fighting for the rights of family members to support people with dementia in hospitals.
Gil Graystone, Inclusive Film and Theatre Officer and festival organiser at The Dukes comments: “Staging a national event like this is an exciting development for The Dukes. Please join us to explore, share and discover how the arts are revealing new ways of entering the world of people living with dementia and helping them to continue enjoying richer fuller lives.”
Creative Adventures in Dementia is open to people living with dementia, their family, friends, health and social care professionals, researchers, artists and clinical commissioning teams. It will also provide a wealth of opportunity for all to discover some of the groundbreaking ways arts can assist in our understanding of dementia and the people it may affect.
There will also be photography exhibition running at the theatre’s gallery from 26 March – 19 May. This will reflect on some of the work The Dukes’ A Life More Ordinary project has done locally and nationwide over the last three years.
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed