Long Live Arts EU Conference

Painting a positive picture of culturally active older people

In our fast ageing world, the growing presence of older adults creates new opportunities for both individual and societal development. Well-being and health in old age can be expanded by being culturally active: cultural participation is a proven potent tool for older people to live with dignity and realise their full potential. In order to actualise this tool and to stimulate a positive intergenerational perspective, we have to enable the sectors of arts and culture, health care, and welfare to act together. Long Live Arts is a European initiative that aims to encourage older people to participate in arts and culture.

Long Live Arts is founded by the Long Long Live Arts team (The Cultural Participation Fund, Fonds Sluyterman van Loo, Stichting RCOAK, the VSBfonds and the National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA) (The Netherlands), The Baring Foundation (United Kingdom) and The Department of Culture, Youth, Sports and Media (Flanders, Belgium).

The Long Live Arts program runs from September 2014 until May 2016 and consists of four elements:

Working Conference - October 2014 London
European Conference - May 2015 The Hague
Creative Dinner - May 2016 Brussels

By 2016 we intend for most European stakeholders from the sectors of arts and culture, health care, and welfare to have completely incorporated cultural participation by older people in their policies. We currently explore which type of future EU collaboration (e.g. a platform agreement or a convention) will suit the objectives of Long Live Arts best, in order to continue and further enhance the Long Live Arts program after 2016.

European Conference Long Live Arts
21-22 May 2015
The Hague, the Netherlands

Aims and objectives

The upcoming international conference Long Live Arts offers an important, inspirational and dynamic platform, to present the state of the art in cultural projects for older people and instigate long-term networks between the sectors of arts and culture, health care, and welfare, as well as between European countries. The conference will be held on May 21 and 22, 2015 in The Hague.
On national level, we intend to serve as a source of inspiration and explore how the given artistic examples can be applied in both policy and practice. On international level, we will present an overview of cutting edge developments, through which we can learn from each other. Overall the conference will create an active vibe, so that the audience can experience the arts for themselves.

Benefits of attending

The Long Live Arts conference provides an excellent opportunity to bring together leading experts, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and older people to exchange ideas and enhance knowledge about cultural participation by older people. Participants will gain new insights on the conference theme, adressed from the policy, practice and research point of view.
Assembling on such a large, European scale will prove to be the ultimate chance to broaden personal and corporate networks. By discussing cultural participation by older people on a global level, participants will be stimulated to implement acquired knowledge in their own organisation.

For you

A total of 250 conference delegates from all over Europe will attend. Delegates include policymakers from the arenas of health, housing, social care and welfare, practitioners from the cultural sector, researchers from the social, medical and behavioural sciences, as well as older people themselves.

As a precursor to the European conference in May 2015 in The Hague, these countries combined their powers during a working conference in London in October 2014. Together we researched questions like: how and where in Europe do the domains of health care, welfare and culture adapt to these developments? How can we strengthen each other? And which projects are examples of the future? By sharing experiences we are taking a big step forward. Read the Report Working Conference Long Live Arts London (in English) 
Visit the website of Long Live Arts
For more information contact Julia Terlunen

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