Deptford was awash with colour earlier this week as Lewisham Homes Independent Living residents showed off their homemade costumes in a procession from Deptford Lounge to the Albany, as part of the Festival for Creative Ageing.
The Festival, run by the Albany and Entelechy Arts, is designed to showcase and support the talents of older people in the borough, and the life-enhancing benefits of creativity. Residents made some noise and struck a pose as they made their way to the Albany for the afternoon’s entertainment, a 21st Century Tea Dance. They were joined in the procession by local children, Meet Me at the Albany participants and the Celebrating Age group.
Residents from some of our sheltered schemes took part in weekly costume-making sessions which allowed them to get creative and come up with their very own outfit. They also decorated umbrellas and even wrote their own haikus. We were given one which reads:
Red ruby silver ring
circles his soft brown finger.
Outside the rain falls.
We spoke to a group of residents of Lewis Silkin House, who as well as their extravagant costumes had also made their own flag which took pride of place in the procession. ‘This is a great day today, we are blessed’, commented one resident.
After the procession, it was time for the afternoon’s entertainment which took the form of sketches from the residents, song, dance, theatre, tea and cake compered by Ida Barr with live music from Jive Five.
The Festival of Creative Ageing is taking place from 13 September to 6 October 2019. For more information, click here.