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Living Well with Dementia Festival 2016


Dementia-friendly events and activities to take place across Chichester 11 April - 29 May

Chichester Cultural Learning Partnership is made up of seven local arts organisations, and each venue will host a number of events suitable for those living with dementia and their families and friends. Activities include:

  • Singing and movement sessions at Chichester Festival Theatre

  • Ancient craft activities at Fishbourne Roman Palace

  • Special guided tours of Chichester Cathedral, The Novium Museum, Otter Gallery and Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

  • Creative art workshops at Pallant House Gallery

Mind, Body, sing !at the Living well with dementia Festival Photography by Richard Gibbons

Sandra Peaty, Head of Learning and Community at Pallant House Gallery, said: 'At Pallant House Gallery we are committed to providing accessible creative opportunities for all members of the community, whatever their circumstances or needs. The Living with Dementia Festival in 2015 coincided with the introduction of our new dementia-friendly Art Views series and many of those who attended our events during the Festival have gone on to engage with our long term offer. As testament to the positive impact of the arts on those living with dementia, several people have started to pursue their own art interests with the support of the Gallery's pioneering Community Programme. We look forward to continuing to work with other local cultural organisations for this year's Festival.'

New to the programme this year are two Dementia Friends sessions where participants will learn more about the issues faced by those living with dementia, and discuss what we can all do to create dementia-friendly communities.

Louise Rigglesford, Community Partnerships Manager at Chichester Festival Theatre, said: 'The purpose of the Living Well With Dementia Festival is to increase opportunities for local people living with dementia, and we hope that the public Dementia Friends sessions will help to raise further awareness about the small changes that can be made to make Chichester a truly dementia-friendly city.'

The Living Well with Dementia Festival takes place at venues across Chichester from 11 April - 29 May. For more information visit

The Living Well with Dementia Festival is supported by Chichester In Partnership and Chichester District Council.