How can creative workshops involving lots of play and physical contact between young and old be reimagined for COVID times? This is exactly what PER TERRA IL CIELO (the sky on earth), an intergenerational theatre workshop project in the North of Italy, has achieved over the past 6 months. The theatre workshop is the creation of actor Anna Fascendini.
“Showing affection and closeness between different generations thanks to a daily radio programme has been one of the most comforting and rewarding experiences of my professional life”. These are the words of Pablo Ortiz, a Language and Literature teacher at the “Padre Manjón” School, who has been an active participant in the “Radio Fuerza” [Force Radio] intergenerational initiative. This is one of many examples of IG actions which are counteracting the negative effects that COVID-19 has had in Spain. Read more in this blog written by Ángel Barragán and Ignacio Chato.
In this blog Dutch children’s book author, Nathalie van den Thillart describes how writing a story about dream granny ‘Omi’ was the key to her recovery from a burnout.
Older peoples’ role as guardians of knowledge, traditions and skills is central in vibrant learning societies, and is recognised in one of the TOY Goals. Young children too have a role in preserving cultural histories. In this blog post, Greek oral historian Kyriaki Fotiadou writes about a project, which connected young and old through an oral history journey.
‘If you can talk, you can sing!’ This is the motto of a new and innovative choir in Ireland that is doing a lot more than just creating a beautiful sound….
In a rural and sparsely populated area of north west Ireland, an intergenerational choir: ‘Choir of Ages’ or in the Irish language ‘Ceol le Cheile’ (Coming Together to Sing) has become a big success in the last year.