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As party of Bealtaine 2009, Kildare County Council Arts Service will host 'Creative Connections' a celebration of artistic work by older people from Kildare and West Wicklow on Thursday 7 May 2009 in Kerdiffstown House, Naas.

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On Thursday 7 May, Mayor of Kildare, Councillor Senan Griffin launched Creative Connections, a celebration of artistic work by older people, in Kerdiffstown House, Naas.  Hosted by Kildare County Council Arts Service and HSE Health Promotion Service, Creative Connections showcased the creativity of older people attending groups and day care centres, and residing in long stay facilities.

Following the success of the 2008 event, twenty five groups and centres attended, exhibited and shared their creative work and projects. Participants also performed work across art forms including music, drama, poetry and song. The programme featured Haiku poetry written in Naas Day Hospital, the music of melodeon player Mary Mulligan and Moving Memories, an animation film produced by older people in Rathangan, Allenwood and Carbury Day Care Centres.  The event concluded with a drumming and percussion workshop for all 130 participants led by musician David Day and staff of St Vincent’s Hospital, Athy.

Creative Connections was held to mark Bealtaine, the national month-long festival celebrating creativity in older age. Taking place each May, Bealtaine is the world’s first nationwide festival for older people and one of Ireland’s biggest arts festivals. Bealtaine is coordinated by Age & Opportunity – the national organisation working to promote greater participation by older people in society.  Further information: www.olderinireland.ie/bealtaine

For further information about Creative Connections contact:

Caroline Peppard
Senior Health Promotion Officer Older People/Physical Activity
HSE Health Promotion Service Dublin Mid-Leinster
Tel: 01 4632800 or email: caroline.peppard@hse.ie   

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