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19-23 August 2024

Tuesday, August 20, 2024

The power of age-friendly communities and the arts

Time: 10:45am to 12:15pm

In partnership with Healing Arts Scotland and the Scottish Older People’s Assembly

Healing Arts Scotland

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£7.50 full price and £5 concession

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Event description

With one million people across the UK describing themselves as ‘chronically lonely’; the issue of social isolation affects all generations. However, radical new intergenerational communities are springing up across Scotland and creating new spaces and opportunities for people of all ages to live, work and play together.

Hear about the benefits of this social cohesion and the role of the arts in bridging social divides, building trust, and combatting ageism and inequality.  

Chair: Christine Grahame MSP, Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body


Festival of Politics panellists

Marie Oliver is the CEO of the Third Sector Interface in South Ayrshire and leads a team of over 100 volunteers and 25 team members carrying out a range of tasks and services to the local community. Marie has worked in the Third Sector for over 25 years and is passionate in ensuring local people have a strong voice and play an active role in planning for the future. She introduced South Ayrshire to the Age Friendly Communities concept and ensured that older people are included in forward planning.

Dr Jill Sonke, PhD, is director of research initiatives at the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida, director of national research and impact for the One Nation/One Project initiative, and co-director of the EpiArts Lab, a National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab at the University of Florida in partnership with University College London. She is a dancer, musician, and mixed-methods researcher, and is the recipient of over 350 grants and awards for her programs and research at the intersection of the arts and health.


All Scottish Parliament event locations:

  • are accessible by lift or level access, and venues are accessible to wheelchair users
  • welcome guide dogs or other assistance dogs

Some venues are fitted with induction loop facilities.

Please contact us in advance if you have any access requirements.  

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Other events that day

Tuesday, August 20, 2024

In partnership with The Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics

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