SPARKS: Open call for arts and cultural activities from the over 50s

Updated: Jan 20

Like most things in 2020 our SPARKS project, a campaign to open up the local arts and culture scene to those aged over 50, was subject to a series of cancellations as we stayed at home to protect each other. As the excitement of attending gigs, performances and festivals in real-life faded, the need to deliver these experiences to a whole generation of people across the city was needed more than ever.

SPARKS, an Ignite Imaginations project funded by Age Better Sheffield, is looking to support individuals, groups and communities across Sheffield to deliver creative and cultural activities.

We’re looking for workshops, screenings, virtual gigs, pop-up events, letter writing… anything that’s exciting, engaging and can be delivered in a Covid secure way. The project aims to make people feel more rooted in their community, less lonely and less isolated.

Virtual high-fives will be given to those who can think of an idea that reaches people who aren’t on the internet. Think pop-up activities that people can watch through their window, street performances or projections.

How can we support? We have a super-enthusiastic team waiting in the wings to bring your idea to life. We’ll also celebrate your involvement in our end of project festival in Spring 2021.

Got a great idea? There’s no formal application process, please send an outline of your idea, how it could be delivered and who would benefit from it to enquiries@igniteimaginations.org.uk before Friday 19th February 2021.