I came across this event on line. I felt inspired by the alliance this festival created between young people and elders who can teach, and that the response to the event was so strong.

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  • More than 20 free masterclasses run by talented older people aged 70+ held across eight Hoxton venues.

  • Performances from older group, Claremont Dancers, and 1940s Bella Donna and Swing Patrol.

  • Older people and their young protégés take over Hoxton Square for one day only.

On Saturday 13 June, visitors aged one to 95 descended on Hoxton Square and Old Street today to celebrate London’s first older peoples craft festival. GrandFest, which sold out is hosted by older people’s charity, Royal Voluntary Service, was a new one-day festival celebrating the skills older people possess.

Taking over not just Hoxton Square, but also museums, shops, cafes and bars, the festival featured a series of free masterclasses in skills from preserve making and flower arranging to wood turning and home brewing – each led by talented volunteers aged 70 and over. All 20+ masterclasses were fully booked, prompting anticipation that GrandFest may become…

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