FESTIVALS are typically associated with the young, however a charity aiming to create an age-friendly society has plans to change that.

Older people are set to take centre stage at the Gwanwyn Festival, the nationwide creative arts festival held across Wales every May.

In its 13th year, the festival will include artists from across North Wales staging workshops ranging from arts and crafts to glass painting and weaving.

The festival is organised by Age Cymru, the charity which helps older people find ways to make friends, take part in social events and exercise, and carry out everyday activities such as travel and shopping.

The festival aims to provide chances for older people to become involved in artistic and creative activities and to celebrate the opportunities that older age can bring about.

The events include Tricksy Lowe’s weaving workshop in Llangollen and glass painting sessions in Ruthin and Mold.

Kelly Barr, Age Cymru programmes manager, said: “The festival invites community groups to bid for small grants to help fund their event, so that a wide cross-section of older people are involved in organising and participating in the festival.

“It also promotes the benefits of exploring creativity, developing a critical voice and participating in the cultural life of local communities, all of which is crucial to our well-being.”

For more information about the festival schedule, call 02920 31555 or visit the Gwanwyn Festival website.