Creative Adventures in Dementia: A Life More Ordinary Festival

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Event details

  • Thursday 17 May & Friday 18 May
  • Please refer to timetable below
  • The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
  • 01524 598500

A unique 2 day exploration of how the arts are touching the lives of people living with dementia in wonderful and remarkable ways.

‘A Life More Ordinary’ invites people living with dementia, family friends, health and care professionals, artists, researchers and, clinical commissioning teams, to share and discover some of the ground-breaking ways that the arts help us understand dementia better and play an invaluable part in how we journey through life together.

This event will include keynote speakers, performances and workshops by some of the most pioneering artists, practitioners, researchers and extraordinary people, working with people with dementia, in a variety of settings and in unique ways.

Please join us to explore, share and discover how the arts are revealing new ways of entering the world of people living with dementia and helping them to continue enjoying, richer fuller lives.

A Life More Ordinary is a 3 year project led by The Dukes, which aims to improve the lives of people with dementia and memory loss and their friends and families, by providing fun creative activities and film screenings in an adapted environment.

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Date Time
Thursday 17 May 10am – 10pm
Friday 18 May 10am – 6pm

Click here to find out more about A Life More Ordinary

9.30am       REGISTRATION    (Dukes Café-Bar)

10.00am               Welcome from The Dukes and Leo from Salford   

                            (The Rake)

10.20am               KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Nicci Gerrard, Author Journalist and Co-Founder of John’s Campaign 

                            (The Rake)

11.00am               Plenary discussion  (The Rake)

11.30am               REFRESHMENTS    (Dukes Cafébar)

 

12.15-1.15pm     WORKSHOP OPTIONS

                               Music Workshop with Julian West and Musicians from Wigmore Hall 

                               (The Round)

                               Poetry workshop with John Killick, Dementia Positive                           

                              (The Rake)

                              Dance and Movement Workshop with Dr Richard Coaten           

                              (Ludus Dance Studio)

                              Still Me/A Life More Ordinary: ‘The Jamboree’ Multi-arts                       

                              (Dukes CCL)

                             Collaborative Storywriting Workshop with Steve Fairclough                 

                             (Dukes Gallery)

                             Mapping Workshop (Walks to Remember) with Dr Louise Ann Wilson 

                             (The Gregson Centre)

 

1.20pm            LUNCH

 

2.30pm                 WORKSHOP OPTIONS

                                 Music Workshop with Julian West and Musicians from Wigmore Hall     

                                (The Round)

                                 Poetry workshop with John Killick, Dementia Positive                                

                                 (The Rake)

                                 Dance and Movement Workshop with Dr Richard Coaten                     

                                 (Ludus Dance Studio)

                                Cognitive Shift:  Shadow Play and Music                                                       

                                (Dukes CCL)

                                Theatre Workshop with Jen Mattinson/Theatre by The Lake                       

                               (Dukes Gallery)

                                Mapping Workshop (Walks to Remember) with Dr Louise Ann Wilson     

                             (The Gregson Centre)

 

3.30pm                 REFRESHMENTS  (Dukes Cafebar)

 

4.00pm                 SPEAKERS:  A Life More Ordinary (The Rake)

                                Professor Christine Milligan (Centre for Ageing Research Lancaster University)

                                Emeritus Professor Roger Clough, Co-Founder of A Life More Ordinary

                                ALMO Partner Venues

 

4.30pm                 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Sebastian Crutch  (The Rake)

                              Professor in Dementia Studies at UCL and

                             Director of Created out of Mind – Wellcome Trust

 

5.30pm                 FREE TIME/Films in The Gallery

 

7.30pm                 Nicci Gerrard in conversation with: (The Rake)

                             Wendy Mitchell Author of Somebody I Used to Know

                             John Middleton, actor who played Rev Ashley Thomas in Emmerdale

                            Sebastian Crutch, Professor in Dementia Studies UCL

 

9.00pm                 Music Events (Dukes Cafébar)

10.30pm               CLOSE

 

9.30am                 REGISTRATION  (Dukes Cafébar)

10.00am               Welcome from The Dukes and Mary Porter  (The Rake)

10.20am               KEYNOTE SPEAKER: 

                            Clive Parkinson: Director of Arts and Health MMU Dementia and Imagination   

                            (The Rake)                                      

11.10am               Plenary discussion (The Rake)

11.30am               REFRESHMENTS   (Dukes Cafébar)

12.15-1.15pm      WORKSHOP OPTIONS

                                     Reminiscence Workshop with Storm Patterson, Film London                   

                                      (The Gallery)

                                     Poetry workshop with John Killick, Dementia Positive                                 

                                     (The Rake)

                                     Dance and Movement Workshop with Dr Richard Coaten                     

                                    (Ludus Dance Studio)

                                    Still Me/A Life More Ordinary: ‘The Jamboree’-Multi-Arts                             

                                    (Dukes CCL)

                                    Dance Workshop with Anna Daly                                                                       

                                   (The Rake)                                           

                                  Mapping Workshop (Walks to Remember) with Dr Louise Ann Wilson   

                                  (The Gregson Centre)

 

1.20pm                 LUNCH

 

2.45- 3.45pm      WORKSHOP OPTIONS

                                  Reminiscence Workshop with Storm Patterson, Film London Archive       

                                  (The Gallery)

                                  Poetry workshop with John Killick, Dementia Positive                                   

                                  (The Rake)

                                 Dance and Movement Workshop with Dr Richard Coaten                       

                                  (Ludus Dance Studio)

                                 Cognitive Shift:   Shadow Play and Music                                                       

                                 (Dukes CCL)

                                 Dance Workshop with Anna Daly                                                                        

                                (The Rake)

                                Mapping Workshop (Walks to Remember) with Dr Louise Ann Wilson   

                               (The Gregson Centre)

 

4.00pm                 REFRESHMENTS  (Dukes Cafébar)

 

4.15pm                 DISCUSSION FORUM (The Round)

                                Hannah Robertshaw and Charlotte Armitage from Yorkshire Dance

                               Still Me Artists:  Alison Clough, Lee Affen, Helen Gould and Jon Randal

                               Mel Brierley, Conscious Bodies

 

5.00pm                KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Nicky Taylor, Theatre &

                            Dementia Research Associate, West Yorkshire Playhouse                           

                            (The Rake)

5.45pm                Arts & Dementia – Next Steps                                                                           

                            (The Rake)                                                                                             

6.15pm                 CLOSE

 

Other surprises in the Cafébar                     

NB: This timetable is subject to slight timing changes

John Middleton – Actor (Reverend Ashley Thomas, Emmerdale)

Nicci Gerrard – Journalist, Author and Co-founder of John’s Campaign

Sebastian Crutch – Director of Created out of Mind, residents of The Hub at Wellcome Collection and Professor at UCL, Dementia Research Centre

Clive Parkinson – Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University; the UK’s longest established arts and health unit.

Wendy Mitchell – Author of ‘Somebody I Used To Know – The first memoir written by someone living with dementia (Sunday Times Bestseller).  Wendy is part of the Three Nations Dementia Working group and is a ‘dementia blogger’ offering advice, encouragement and hope to others.

Dr Christine Milligan – Director of Centre for Ageing Research at Lancaster University and External Evaluator for A Life More Ordinary.

Roger Clough – Emeritus Professor, Lancaster University and Co-founder of A Life More Ordinary with UK partner venues of A Life More Ordinary.

Nicky Taylor – Theatre & Dementia Research Associate, West Yorkshire Playhouse

John Killick – Poet, ‘Dementia Positive’

Julian West – Creative Musician, Royal Academy of Music and musicians from Wigmore Hall

Dr Richard Coaten – Dancer and Dance Movement Pyschotherapist, currently working part-time with the NHS in West Yorkshire. National and international specialist in advocating the use of movement, dance and embodied practices for people living with dementia.

Dr Louise Ann Wilson (Walks to Remember) – Louise is a scenographer, visual artist and researcher who creates: socially engaged and therapeutic scenography that takes the form of multi-sensory site-specific walking-performance, books and artworks and sited-walks and installations in rural landscapes

Storm Patterson – Outreach Officer at Film London for London’s Screen Archives (LSA) led by Film London

Anna Daly – A Life More Ordinary resident dance artist.  Anna is a creative movement specialist.

Steve Fairclough – A Life More Ordinary resident theatre practitioner. Steve has been a freelance creative practitioner for 20 years with a broad range of skills; performing, writing, directing and teaching. He has experience of working with all ages and abilities in regional theatre, community and schools settings.

Cognitive Shift – Visual Artist/Designer Alison Cough and musician Leo Nolan explore shadow puppetry and music

Still Me – The A Life More Ordinary participatory, multi arts group, present the outcome of 30 weeks of art making, theatre, dance and improvised play.

Food options

The Borough

 Our ‘Borough Pale’ Beer Battered Fish and Chips

Thick cut chips, minted mushy peas and tartare sauce

Cumbrian Chicken Breast

Fondant potato, asparagus spear, Lancashire cheese sauce and a bacon crisp

The Classic Borough Burger

Ribble Valley 8oz beef burger with grandma singletons Lancashire cheese, salad stack, pickle and mayo. Served with skinny fries

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chilli

Herb and citrus quinoa, toasted seeds and coriander sour cream

Pizza Margherita

Italian Buffet

A selection of Mediterranean pizzas, breads & salads.

Includes tomato & mozzarella salads ,crunchy coleslaw, crisp mixed salads and dressings.  Salt & black pepper wedges. Freshly baked breads & dough sticks served with olives, oils & a selection of hummus. A range of Antipasto meats with Artisan breads.


 

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On Saturday 19 May, The Dukes welcomes Theatre Re with their amazing performance of The Nature of Forgetting. 

Following a sell-out performance at the 2017 London International Mime Festival, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe, Theatre Re presents a powerful, explosive and joyous piece about what is left when memory has gone.

Tom is 55 today.  As he dresses for his party, tangled threads of disappearing memories spark him into life, unravelling as a tale of friendship, love and guilt.

“Profoundly moving …An action packed celebration of life” FrontRow – BBC Radio 4, John Wilson

For enquiries and booking tickets contact The Dukes box office on 01524 598501 or e-mail:  tickets@dukes-lancaster.org

In person:  The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE

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