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It’s time to feel good about ageing

The Age Proud Festival is over!

Leeds Older People’s Forum was very proud to create the first ever Age Proud Festival in Leeds!

The Festival ran between 6th and 17th September 2021 at a range of venues across the city as well as lots of virtual events to allow people to take part, even from the comfort of their own homes.


We brought together a wide range of activities and events for older people to experience and enjoy after the particularly challenging times that lockdown brought. We wanted to give people an opportunity to try something new, embark on some self-improvement or just watch something that interested and entertained them and brought joy!


The festival was  a platform to showcase the city of Leeds as a great, community focussed city with lots to offer older people.  A place where people can feel involved and valued.


From Art to Zumba or anywhere in between, the festival showed that Leeds really does have something for everyone.


Thank you so much to the audiences, communities, artists, supporters, groups and organisations from across Leeds who made our festival inspiring, ground-breaking and joyful.


Watch this space….we hope this festival was the first of many!

Age Proud Festival 2021

Age Proud Festival 2021

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There were 3 days of festival activity at Leeds City Museum on the 9th, 10th and 11th September 2021.


It’s time to feel good about ageing

Connect - supporting people to make and sustain connections with others


Be active - body and mind are linked - activities that get people moving, even if just a little!


Keep learning - new skills or rediscovering old ones - be curious!


Take notice - appreciating where we are, the moment and the environment


Giving - helping others, volunteering, simple acts of kindness

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Leeds City Council has developed a Best Council Plan 2020-2025 which includes an ambition for Leeds to become the Best City to Grow Old In where older people feel valued, feel respected and appreciated, and are seen as the assets that they are. Time to Shine at Leeds Older People's Forum shares that ambition and wants this city-wide festival to help the whole population to recover well from enforced distancing, reconnecting with friends, families and communities in a fun, safe and fulfilling way.


Interested in running you on festival for older people in your city or town.


Why not download our essential festival toolkit and find out what we learned along the way, what we would do again and how we would do things differently



If you have any enquiries about the festival or you would like to know more about taking part - please just complete the form and we'll be in touch as soon as we can.

Thank you - we will be in touch as soon as we can.