Brighton and Hove Ageing Well Festival

The full programme of events and information on how to book for AWF 2022 is coming soon…

Back in 2013 we celebrated the contributions older people make to our city, coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons. We did this by staging 16 different interactive events over 2 days, which proved to be a roaring success.

Building on this initial success, we have continued to celebrate this important day by growing into a two-week festival and changed its name from the Older People’s Festival to the Ageing Well Festival in 2019 to better reflect its nature and our aim.

An ever increasing number of organisations, businesses and individuals take part each year. This year, with COVID-19 restrictions now minimal, we plan to hold our biggest Ageing Well Festival yet.

We will offer an eclectic range of events so that there will be something to suit everyone’s tastes, and so that people will be able to meet like-minded others, make new connections, and enjoy celebrating all of the above.

It is important that whilst many of us will be working for longer through choice or necessity, we strive to get a healthy work and life balance.  It is our belief is that ageing well is about quality and quantity, and in adding life to the years as well as years to life. We hope this year’s Festival helps you to do this. 

LAST Year’s Theme

Creative Ageing

Brighton and Hove is renowned for being a City that generates and celebrates creativity, and leads on arts and culture. Many people aged 50+ contribute to this and we wanted to ensure that even more could take part and enjoy all that this offered. We wanted to harness the phenomenal creativity and innovation that many had developed and embraced over the last couple of years in order to remain well, keep in touch with the outside world and forge new connections.

In 2019 Brighton and Hove joined seven other European Cities in a Creative Ageing Programme. The group work together to bring new ideas, share successful projects and ensure that arts and culture are available and enjoyable for all.

We brought all of this together in last year’s Ageing Well Festival to celebrate and encourage Creative Ageing.


‘Arts-based approaches can help people stay well, recover faster, manage long-term conditions and experience a better quality of life’
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Ageing well festival 2022

It is important that whilst many of us will be working for longer through choice or necessity, we strive to get a healthy work and life balance.  It is our belief is that ageing well is about quality and quantity, and in adding life to the years as well as years to life. We hope this year’s Festival helps you to do this.

The Ageing Well Festival 2022

We have planned this year’s festival to include some of the most popular events from previous years alongside some new events, including some developed specifically for our 2022 Festival.

Last year, we heard that –  for many – attending a Festival event comprised their first steps out after two years of COVID-19 restrictions. People used the opportunity to enjoy meeting others, learn or try something new, re-connect with friends, in addition to making new connections with like-minded others. We are now excited to bring you a full programme for 2022 and will look forward to hearing about what you have enjoyed.

New discoveries

Meeting like-minded people, taking part in activities or pursuing an interest all contribute towards people’s health and wellbeing. This Festival brings over 100 opportunities to do this, all whilst providing the opportunity to have a great time and enjoy being around other people. We wholeheartedly advise you to check through our programme and seize the opportunity to make the most of life in our city!

The Festival is produced by Impact Initiatives, made possible by way of a successful collaboration with Brighton & Hove City Council, voluntary sector organisations and local businesses We work with some brilliant and generous people: the fabulous design team at Osomi, our amazing photographer Maria Scard, videographer Aaron Wood, and many others who generously donate their time and resources.

We hope you find events that interest you and that you can look forward to trying something new, or simply enjoy what our city has to offer. A place you can connect with like-minded people, and above all have a great time.

Especially after the challenges of the last two years, we hope that you can look forward to and confidently enjoy all of the benefits that being around other people brings.

Each year the Festival is widely promoted on our social media channels, so please like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Festival Programme is distributed from the beginning of September, so do look out for it around the city.

Brought to you by Impact Initiatives | 01273 322940 | info@impact-initiatives.org.uk | www.impact-initiatives.org.uk

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