Positive Ageing Month - Belfast & Beyond

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Age-friendly Positive Ageing Month will be taking place throughout October 2019. This year's events and activities will include many arts and community groups, venues, organisations and projects to help celebrate Belfast as a city where older people can live life to the full. Beyond Skin will also be facilitating workshops beyond Belfast.

As part of the #ArtsDialogue Health programme, Sound and Healing workshops will take place in Libraries and in Community Centres. The workshops will feature organic sound therapy facilitated by Tessa Ann and the digital MindHarp facilitated by Mark Smulian.

Developed by Mark Smulian and Stewart Redpath the MindHarp™ enables anyone to engage actively in music. Proven over years of testing and development, it is a deeply rewarding and enriching activity and is employed regularly in the field of stress and anxiety. The MindHarp requires no musical technique, background or prior skill. It is completely accessible to all. It is played via a simple interface on an Apple iPAD and iPHONE. The first version of the technology was developed as a creative activity to engage and stimulate people living with dementia. The MindHarp has just been announced as a finalist in the Dementia Care Awards 2019.

Library events

22nd October: MindHarp @ Strabane Library. 2.30pm - 3.30pm

23rd October: MindHarp @ Rathcoole Library 10.30pm - 11.30pm

23rd October: MindHarp Sound & Healing @ Cregagh Library. 2.30pm - 3.30pm

24th October: MindHarp Sound & Healing @ Newcastle Library. 10.30pm - 11.30pm 

Please contact the host library to book a place. For more information about this event, contact Kirsty McClelland: Kirsty.mcclelland@librariesni.org.uk | 028 3844 5588


Your Event

Please contact us if your group would like to host a Sound & Healing or MindHarp session.


ArtsDialogue Health programme for Positive Ageing Month is supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland & Libraries NI

Download Positive Ageing Month Belfast Programme (pdf)

The Arts Dialogue Health project will be led by Dr.Shelley Deane (Brehon Advisory / TraumaTeddy Project); Mark Smulian (Lydian Health, Musician, Producer. Co-inventor of the MindHarp™); Stewart Redpath (Lydian Health, Co-inventor of MindHarp™, Musician) and Tessa Ann (Sound and Healing Spa).

ArtsDialogue Health Press Release

Tessa Ann & Mark Smulian