Gulljazz brings jazz to the elderly. The festivals are arranged outside of nursing homes to involve the elderly in community events and to make sure that they do not miss out on great cultural music experiences.
The festivals are not just reserved for the nursing home’s residents, but also their families and friends are invited. That creates a great dynamic atmosphere and results in the Gulljazz festival in Mobo having around 400 visitors aged 0-106 years! The jazz festivals thereby become a great example on a social innovation that creates togetherness and social cohesion across generations.
View the video to get the feel of the Gulljazz festival. Even though the video is in Norwegian the language of music and joy translates easy!
The festivals started in 2003 in Mobo nursing home in Olso, Norway, and quickly evolved from consisting of a few concerts to being a full-day festival with both music, food and dancing.The founder, Birgit Skogen, is a musician and has for many years been the cultural leader for nursing homes in Oslo.
She started this initiative because she felt there was a lack of cultural services and offers to the elderly with a high level of quality that would both create social gatherings and stimulate their senses with reference to their own memories and history.
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