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The first ever festival to celebrate Coventry’s older residents is to take place – featuring exercise classes, dance workshops and expert talks and discussions.
The Coventry Life Festival is part of a campaign to make Coventry an age-friendly city and is being held at Fargo Village, on Far Gosford Street on 1st and 2nd of October.
On Sunday 1st October there will be a day for the public featuring a variety of activities including exercise classes, inspirational talks, dance workshops and much more. The event takes place from 11am until 4pm
On Monday 2nd October, there will be a day for professionals with talks from experts and discussions on what steps need to be taken to support older people in the city. .
The festival has been launched due to a new partnership between EIT Health, Coventry University, Coventry City Council, Age UK Coventry and Coventry Older Voices and is the first of its kind in the West Midlands.
European Union health organisation EIT health and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network has commissioned Coventry University to lead on the initiative.
Executive Director for the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, Professor Mike Hardy, said: "We are so pleased and excited to be able to welcome Coventry Life Festival in October. This is a big step in the City’s work to become an age friendly city and is a special opportunity to work across Coventry communities.
"There will be a wide variety of fun activities and events going on throughout the two days providing Coventry's older citizen’s opportunities to have fun, get more support for their needs and have a great day out with family and friends. We look forward to welcoming everyone on the day."
Chief Executive for Age UK Coventry, Moira Pendlebury, said: "Coventry Life festival will be an event unlike any other that has come to Coventry and will be a chance to bring communities together and celebrate life.
"We have a unique range of activities taking place on the days and encourage people to join us for a fun filled day celebrating life and the fact that we are all ageing."
Cabinet member for Public Health at Coventry City Council, Cllr Kamran Caan, said: "This is the first festival of its kind in Coventry and in the Midlands overall and we are so excited for Coventry Life festival to take place.
"The festival celebrates Coventry's older population as well as life itself and is open to people of all ages and we look forward to sharing more exciting details with the public."