How can you attend a festival if you can’t leave your house? Michael Eades describes a project bringing the festival experience to people with dementia.
Festivals are collective experiences. They are meant to bring people together. But what if you get left out? Can you go to a festival even if you can’t leave the house? What about if you have problems with your memory and sometimes get lost on streets that you’ve known all your life? Are you still invited to the party?
These are questions at the heart of a project that I’ve been working on over the past two and a half years. In 2013 I received one of 70 research grants allocated as part of the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Cultural Value Project. Working with the Bloomsbury Festival and Age UK Camden, my co-investigators and I received funding to investigate the impact of the arts on people with dementia.
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