Chapter celebrate Dementia Awareness Week with day of dementia friendly film screenings and activities

Posted on: 28 Apr 2017

Chapter will be helping to celebrate Dementia Awareness Week through a day of dementia friendly film screenings and activities on Wednesday 17 May, titled ‘Tinted Lens: A Festival of the Mind, Memory and Ageing’.

The day will include dementia friendly screenings of films including Their Finest (10.30am), Calamity Jane: Singalong (2pm) and Mad to be Normal (7.30pm), that will be shown without adverts and have slightly brighter lighting in the auditorium, for people living with dementia to enjoy a film in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Also being shown will be the premiere of Forget-me-not Chorus: The Documentary (6pm), a short film about the Forget-me-not Chorus, who offer weekly singing sessions to help combat the loneliness and isolation of living with dementia. The Forget-Me-Nots will be performing live in the Cinema Foyer prior to the event (5.30pm) and will be joined by award winning Welsh choir, Only Men Aloud, who recently chose Alzheimer’s Society Cymru as their charity of the year.

The day will also include workshops, a Virtual Reality experience from researchers at Cardiff University designed to put you in the shoes of someone living with dementia, a photobooth, guest speakers, performances from Everyman Theatre Company and Re:Live, information sessions, stalls and lots more.

The day is being coordinated by Ellie Russell, Chapter’s Dementia Project Officer, who comments:

“I’m so excited to be working with so many incredible partners on this day, and to have the opportunity to play a role in breaking down some of the barriers that can prevent people with dementia leading full and rich lives. I believe that cinema should be accessible to all, and that promoting inclusivity and embracing diversity has the power to enrich the lives of everyone in society.  I’ve seen how isolating a dementia diagnosis can be, both for the person living with dementia and for their families and friends, and I hope the day will not only raise awareness of dementia, but provide a relaxed, supportive and inclusive environment for people to come together to enjoy some really fantastic films and activities.”

The day is a collaboration between Chapter and Cardiff University. Katie Featherstone, Reader from the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University, comments:

“This is part of a long-term collaboration between Chapter and Cardiff University - my National Institute for Health Research funded research is focussed on improving the quality and humanity of care people with dementia receive in hospitals. An important part of that work is collaborating with carers and people with dementia to ensure the research reflects their needs. It also means we cannot ignore the wider social exclusion and invisibility they experience - this festival is part of our wider commitment to challenge this social exclusion and to extend access to the arts.”

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Image: Forget-me-not Chorus

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