The Culture of Ageing – Lecture Programme



The End of the World as we Know It! The Coming of Population Ageing
Dr Marvin Formosa

The lecture is open to the general public and will be delivered on Wednesday 16th September 2015 at 7.00PM at the St James Cavalier Cinema.


What’s your secret? /x’inhu s-sigriet tiegħek?
Mare van Koningsveld and Yvonne Blaauw

In the educational project ‘What’s your secret? /x’inhu s-sigriet tiegħek?’ the elderly are presented as the ultimate source of wisdom. What are their secrets for successful ageing? Those secrets can be a special tea, an icebath a day or a no-nonsense mentality in life. We collect these small pieces of wisdom from both Maltese and Dutch (Frisian) seniors; they’re taking part in education workshops. The participating elderly are asked to visualise their secrets on postcards. These postcards made by Maltese seniors will be shown in presentations in nursing homes and then sent overseas to the seniors in Heerenveen, the Netherlands (Heerenveen is part of the province of Friesland, as is Leeuwarden, the other 2018 European Cultural Capital). The same will happen in Heerenveen: seniors participating in the education workshops there will exhibit their postcards and then send them to seniors in Malta. The aim of the education project is to connect seniors from different cultures and thus create a dialogue.

‘What’s your secret?/ x’inhu s-sigriet tiegħek? is a concept by curator Mare van Koningsveld and Dutch artist and educational expert Yvonne Blaauw. The workshops in Malta will be given by Yvonne Blaauw who is experienced in working on education projects with seniors. Care Malta and Friesland College Heerenveen are participating partners.

This lecture-project will be delivered exclusively to residents of Residential Homes in Malta, and consist of talks which brings together art and research in the exploration of the themes central to The Culture of Ageing project. For information about the accompanying exhibition, please click here.