Living with Dementia Festival set to begin across Chichester: Here’s what’s going on and how to book your place

Mind, body and sing fun at Chichester Festival Theatre. Picture by Richard Gibbons
Mind, body and sing fun at Chichester Festival Theatre. Picture by Richard Gibbons

A HOST of events begins this month all over Chichester when the very first Living with Dementia Festival gets underway.

A huge number of activities will be going on all throughout April, May and June at a variety of locations.

Guided tours of Chichester Cathedral start on April 20 and are free of charge. To book call 01243 813595.

The Novium Museum has interactive sessions to explore history through objects and pictures on April 13 and May 25.

There is also the chance to watch the traditional Indian dance of Kathakali with all the family on April 25, and a dementia friendly tour on May 4 and June 1. To book any of these call 01243 775888.

Chichester Festival Theatre has mind, body and sing sessions starting on April 17 at the neighbouring St Paul’s Church, as well as a guided tour on May 14. To book these call 01243 781312.

Fishbourne Roman Palace has a number of special exhibitions, starting with artefact handling - mosaics on April 15. Call 01243 785859 to book.

Pallant House Gallery has a number of special workshops, exhibitions and tours, starting with care for art on April 14. Call 07788489536 to book.

And The Otter Gallery in Chichester is also holding a free tour on June 3, call 01243 816098 to book.

The festival is designed to engage people living with dementia, their families and carers with a wide range of events.

It is being run collaboratively by a number of organisations, including Chichester Cultural Learning Partnership (CCLP) and Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT).

Luna Russell, community and education manager at the CFT, and member of the CCLP, said: “Engaging with local people through our arts events and activities is already very important to the theatre and everyone involved in the partnership.

“Anything that enables people living with dementia to feel part of our community makes a really positive difference.

You can find a complete calendar of all the events going on throughout April, May and June on Chichester Festival Theatre’s website, including numbers to ring to book: www.cft.org.uk/dementiafestival