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24 April 2015

Long Live Arts – ground-breaking European conference on older people and cultural participation

Join us in The Hague in May for an inclusive insight into arts and older people work from around the world.

We would like to inform you of the European conference Long Live Arts, a joint initiative between the Baring Foundation and a number of international partners. The conference will take place on 20, 21 and 22 May 2015 in The Hague (Theater aan het Spui). Inspiration and cross-borders collaborations regarding older people and cultural participation are key objectives.

Long Live Arts offers an exclusive view behind the scenes of innovative cultural projects for and by older people, and the ultimate opportunity to establish new guidelines for future research and policies. Experts in the fields of arts, culture, health care and welfare from eleven European countries, as well as Australia, Brazil and the USA, will be contributing to the programme.

Older people in the spotlights
The show Opening Night: Feel the Arts, with dazzling performances from older dancers, musicians and actors, will be staged in the presence of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and hosted by Hedy d’Ancona. The generation dinner The Circle of Life will be held afterwards, with Leoni Jansen as host.

Interactive programme
Several renowned speakers have already confirmed their attendance, including Susan Perlstein, Founder of the US National Center for Creative Ageing, Andreas Kruse, Director of the Institute of Gerontology (Heidelberg University), Pierre Luigi Sacco, Professor of Cultural Economics (Milan University) and Laurel Humble of the MoMA Alzheimer’s Project (New York).

Besides more than fifty inspirational presentations and workshops, the conference also offers ten excursions, to Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Dance for Health and more. In peer-to-peer meetings, professionals explore policy (City of The Hague), practice (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) and research (Boekman Foundation), related to older people and cultural participation.

Long Live Arts is a collaboration of the Dutch partners of Lang Leve Kunst (including the Ministries of OCW and VWS), the UK Baring Foundation, the Flemish Department of Culture, Youth, Sports and Media and the German institute Kubia.

Visit for more information and registration.

We hope to meet you at Long Live Arts!