Culture for senior citizens
The cultural services of Vantaa offer cultural events, shows, exhibitions, courses and art education to local senior citizens.
The biggest event of the year is the national ARMAS Festival, which will take place in October. The two-week festival offers a wide range of cultural experiences to local elderly people and seniors. The festival programme encourages seniors to explore the diverse cultural services and activities of Vantaa. Festival activities are held in cultural facilities, museums, residential homes, nursing homes and outdoors. The majority of the activities are provided free of charge.
Several music, theatre, puppet theatre and dance performances are produced annually for the residents of nursing homes. In addition, five nursing homes display changing art exhibitions.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the residents of nursing homes have been delighted with outdoor choir and dance performances. In the exhibition collaboration organised in cooperation with the Vantaa Artists Association, the exhibitions of five artists are circulated in six nursing homes every year. The exhibitions stay in one place for approximately three months and the nursing home residents have the opportunity to meet each artist.
Art and culture companions
There are twenty active art and culture companions in Vantaa, who accompany elderly people to various cultural sites from museums to theatres. The art and culture companions are trained peer instructions who are familiar with the cultural services of Vantaa.
You can go to the theatre, concerts, museums or exhibitions for free or at a discount with an art and culture companion. You can request an art and culture companion for yourself, someone you know or a group.
The art and culture companion service is provided free of charge, but everyone covers their own travel expenses and tickets.
All art and culture companions are required to complete an art and culture companion course. On the free course, the participants are introduced to local cultural services and trained to become successful volunteers.
The city’s cultural services cooperate with local museums, music institutes, art schools, literary art schools and dance institutes to organise workshops and exhibitions.
Activities for senior citizens
Vantaa offers a wide range of activities for senior citizens.
Several senior citizens organisations operate in Vantaa, organising cultural and recreational activities for their members. Local churches also have many recreational and voluntary activities for senior citizens.
Vantaa Adult Education Institute offers many courses and lecture series for seniors.
Raatikko Dance Theatre has a dance group for seniors, where everyone can dance according to their own physical capacity.