Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Festival of Inclusion 2022 off to a great start with Autumn Medley of Age-Friendly Creative Activities

by Alison O'Hanlon
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The dlr Festival of Inclusion 2022 is jam-packed with age-friendly creative events, which saw a large crowd gather in the dlr LexIcon Library.

The Autumn Medley of Age-Friendly Creative Activities brought together artists and the public for an inspiring day of creative engagement for older people. The free event was organised by the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Age-Friendly Programme, dlr Libraries and the national Age-Friendly Programme in conjunction with Creative Lives and funded by Creative Ireland.

Councillor Mary Hanafin, An Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council pictured alongside dlr Volunteers.

Among the performers, artists and creatives on the day, were RUG’s – Rathfarnham Ukulele Group who provided plenty of upbeat foot stomping tunes. Dance Theatre of Ireland’s ‘Vintage Youth’ performed in Moran Park and great laughs and entertainment was provided by ‘The Raging Hormones’ – the award-winning community drama group from Loughlinstown with their hilarious piece taking place in the realms of a nursing home.  Horticulturist Aoife Munn’s workshop saw many participants go home with their own hand made herbal soap and dance artist Olwyn Lyons performed Jive & Salsa and a Dementia friendly print workshop was held with artist Caroline Hyland with the ‘Living Well with Dementia’ art group. Beautiful Autumn Wreaths were created under the guidance of Frida O’Neill and wonderful canvases were painted in John Carpenters Cabaret painting class.

Local craft work was on display by Dún Laoghaire Men’s Shed and Dún Laoghaire ICA and information and advice on creative opportunities available to all was provided by dlr Libraries and Arts Office, Southside Partnership, Living Well with Dementia, IADT and UCD as well as the ACORN Age-Friendly tablet demonstration.

Councillor Mary Hanafin, An Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council pictured alongside dlr Volunteers.

The dlr Festival of Inclusion is a community based social inclusion events programme that promotes the many groups, organisations and volunteers organising activities and events and offering supports in the community. The festival will continue across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown until the 5th of November.

‘Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’ is the overall festival theme this year with dozens of organisations and community groups hosting activities, coffee mornings, cultural programmes, entertainment, exhibitions, music, open days, performances, information sessions and talks, as well as free training, workshops and much more across the county. 

Join us and be part of the dlr Festival of Inclusion 2022! 

See full programme & event details here.

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