We're quickly approaching the second version of An Album of Memories (which was the outreach project we created alongside our last show, but now has a life of it's own) as part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2016.
It's all sorts of exciting, and Interlude HK even interviewed me about it which was great. Sometimes you don't give yourself credit for something unless you talk to someone else about it - and I'm currently feeling very proud about the whole thing.
I've spent the last two months in conversation with our partners, with local businesses and with our IP team to dream up what this project could be which has been exciting to have so many excellent people involved. Camden Carers and Age UK Camden have been great partners again, bouncing ideas around, providing cakes and people for me to talk to which is so valuable. Over the last six weeks I've been producing the event - making sure all the right people know about it, and putting it in the places where they might come across it. Working with such a specific demographic can be a blessing and a curse, but it certainly does come with perks. Some of these perks have been what I've spent my last ten days doing. I've been to 'Singing for the Brain' workshops, Memory Cafes, Health events for the Over 60s, drop-in centres, day-care centres, hospitals and even a 95th birthday party to make sure I'm meeting the right people. It has given me so much joy to take part in some of these activities and events and to find out that there are so many things to do for people reaching the phase I fondly call 'Elderhood' , especially if you're living in London.
It's been beautiful seeing familiar faces, some who recognise me and some who don't, but all who sound excited about 'An Album of Memories' whether it's the first or fifth time I've told them about the event. This warms my heart greatly. My colleagues and I have worked very hard, and put in lots of preparation to make this event bigger, better, and more multi-sensory than the last. So much so that I'm even inviting my friends to the concert, because irregardless of whether you have Dementia or not, we're created a joyful, personal and high quality event. I'm looking forward to attending as much as I am hosting it.
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