The London Irish Centre are running a brand new 10 Week Social Program of Arts & Culture for participants 65 and over, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The program is geared towards connecting older members of the London Irish community through workshops ranging across painting, story-telling, puppetry, music, theatre, and more.

By exploring such a wide range of artistic and cultural practice, the idea is that all of the participants will discover at least one medium which allows them to tell part of their own tale, be it a portrait of a character they once knew, recreating the sounds of crossing the Irish Sea for the first time, or the story of their first love in London.

The Theme for the project is "Our own stories", which has been put together by film and theatre director, William Walsh.

Explaining the meaning behind the theme, he said:

"A story is a very powerful thing. Not just because it can teach lessons or carry the history of people or places, but because it also needs to be shared. In the telling of a story we can’t help but put our own stamp on it, whether it’s our own story as yet untold, or a well known tale from mythology, it becomes an expression of the storyteller themselves."

The course runs every Tuesday from 1-4pm over 10 weeks from the 19th of February, and after a short break at Easter the group will reconvene and share their work with members of the day centre at Kennedy Hall and staff members from the Centre.

No experience is necessary so the course is suitable for absolute beginners as much as those who already have an artistic practice.

The course is free to all participants, however a booking fee of £25 will be required to secure a place on the course and refunded on completion.

If you, a friend, or neighbour would like to take part just drop us a line. Application closes 27th January.

If you’d like to take part part in the program or know anyone who’d be interested contact William via email: [email protected]