Aberdeen area hosting nine events as part of new nationwide festival celebrating our creative lives as we age

Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival  celebrating our creative lives as we age
A nationwide programme of over 200 arts events and activities
1st-31st October, 2012

Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire to host nine events
Dance, Music, Visual Art, Drama, Literature, Film
Sign up for updates & view full programme: www.luminatescotland.org

THROUGHOUT October, Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire will host nine events as part of a new nationwide celebration of our creative lives as we age.

Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing Festival is set to throw a spotlight on over 200 inspirational arts activities – many of them free – with, and for older people, as well as events for audiences and participants across the generations.

Luminate director, Anne Gallacher explains: “There is already a wide variety of creative work with and for older people taking place across Scotland, and Luminate looks to celebrate and build on this.  The inaugural Luminate programme includes new collaborations, and international projects, and features a broad range of independently-run projects, including work led by arts, museum and heritage organisations, public libraries, residential care providers as well as community and neighbourhood groups.”

The cross arts festival includes dance, drama and music performances; film screenings, literary events and exhibitions.  Festival participants range from nine years old to 90, and feature professional and non-professional artists alike and opportunities are offered for people to become involved as participants as well as audience members.

A cross-section of Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire events includes the following:
On 2 October, Aberdeenshire’s new Value of Age festival is showcasing a wide variety of arts events all made and presented by the local community as a celebration of age.

The world premiere of Twelve Dancers /Deliberance is on 16 October at Her Majesty’s Theatre. The piece is choreographed by Andy Howitt, with an original score composed by Stephen Deazley. Set in a jury and featuring 12 leading male dancers from Scotland whose ages span the decades, this promises to be a ground-breaking production.

Scrapers and Tooters with Scottish Chamber Orchestra on 27 and 28 October, Queen’s Cross Church, Aberdeen is an opportunity for amateur musicians to get together for a weekend of non-pressurised music-making. They can rehearse as part of an orchestra, work with a professional conductor and receive sectional coaching from Scottish Chamber
Orchestra musicians. The weekend finishes with an informal concert for family and friends.

Luminate is funded by Creative Scotland and the Baring Foundation in partnership with Age Scotland.

Iain Munro, director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said: “Luminate is the first festival of its kind in Scotland that celebrates creativity as we age and shares that passion across the generations.  We’re delighted to be partnering with the Baring Foundation and Age Scotland to increase the numbers of older people enjoying high quality arts activities, whether as artists, performers, participants or consumers, and to enjoy a long and creative life.  It’s an exciting new addition to the Year of Creative Scotland and further enhances Scotland’s international reputation as a festival nation.”

David Cutler, director, The Baring Foundation commented: “What an inspiring programme for the first year of the Luminate Festival! The Baring Foundation is proud to support a new chapter in the arts in Scotland.”

Age Scotland director of Charity and Community Services, Kay Hutcheson said:
“Age Scotland has a positive, forward looking vision for our ageing population and is working hard to empower older people to demonstrate to themselves and others the continued value of their contribution to society.

“We believe that this value also encompasses the creative arts and that we should be doing our utmost to increase the number of older people enjoying high quality arts activities – whether as artists, performers, participants or consumers.  Luminate fits the bill in this regard.”

To sign up for updates and view full Luminate programme listings visit: https://www.luminatescotland.org

And join in the conversation via twitter: https://twitter.com/LuminateScot and
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LuminateScotland

ABERDEEN CITY AND ABERDEENSHIRE LISTINGS INFORMATION:
The Value of Age
2 October
Info & tickets: 01261 812276 www.gordonforum.co.uk

Historic Stories: Smallpetitklein Dance Company
10 October / 2pm – 4pm
A celebration of over 60s participants’ life events in the form of a dance and mixed media
participatory performance. Come along to hear their experiences and bring your dance shoes.

Woodend Barn and Smallpetitklein Dance Company
Woodend Barn, Burn o’ Bennie, Banchory AB31 5QA
Free
Box Office: 01330 825431 www.woodendbarn.co.uk

Historical Tour of His Majesty’s Theatre
10, 24, 25 October /10.30am – 11.45am
Explore the magic of His Majesty’s Theatre and get an insight into its 106-year-old history and inner workings. Participants will be met at the Box Office just prior to the tour start time by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteer guides.
His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen
Free
Box Office: 01224 641122 Quote ‘Luminate Theatre Tours’ www.boxofficeaberdeen.com

Arts Development Luminate Festival Open Day
13 October / 10am – 2pm
Arts Development Luminate Festival Open Day offers workshops for artists, staff and
volunteers working with older people as well as participatory workshops in visual arts, creative writing and dance.
Rosemount Community Centre, Belgrave Terrace, Aberdeen
Free
Info: 01224 814740 www.artsdevelopment.co.uk
Supported by Aberdeen City

Twelve Dancers /Deliberance
16 October / 7.30pm
World premiere of a new dance work featuring 12 leading male dancers from Scotland whose ages span the decades.
His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen
£15.50 – £24.50 (concessions available)

Devil’s Advocate
20 October / 5pm – 6.30pm
Devil’s Advocate sessions are seminars aimed at firing up, challenging, shifting our thinking
and continuing the conversation around disabled people in dance in the UK and internationally. Involving speakers from across the dance industry, come along and join the debate, as we address some of the myths and facts about dance and ageing.
Citymoves studio, Aberdeen
Free but booking is essential
Box Office: 01224 641122  www.boxofficeaberdeen.com
www.danceaberdeen.org.uk

Survival Tactics: Liz Aggiss
21 October / 7pm
A 55-minute solo work turning the perception of the female stage body on its head and challenging expectations of the ageing body.
Part of DanceLive 2012.
Citymoves studio, Aberdeen
Free but booking is essential
Box Office: 01224 641122  www.boxofficeaberdeen.com
www.danceaberdeen.org.uk
The Agatha Christie Theatre Company present Murder on the Nile
25 October / 2pm
New production of the queen of crime’s classic thriller Murder on the Nile, followed by short post-show chat with the cast.
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
Tickets: 2 for 1, price range £17.50-£20.50
Box Office: 01224 641122 Quote ‘Luminate Ticket offer’ Murder on the Nile www.boxofficeaberdeen.com

Scrapers and Tooters: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
27 to 28 October
Chance for amateur musicians to get together for a weekend relaxed music making
as part of an orchestra
Queen’s Cross Church, Albyn Place, Aberdeen
Tickets: £45 / £25
Box Office & Info: 0131 478 8353

FOR FURTHER PRESS INFO/IMAGES/INTERVIEWS/FOOTAGE, CONTACT:
Wendy Grannon T: +44 (0) 07916 137 632 E: wendy@wendygrannon.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival is an initiative by Creative Scotland and The Baring Foundation and is being developed and delivered in partnership with Age Scotland.  For updates and further information: www.luminatescotland.org  

2. Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries.  Our vision is that Scotland will be recognised as one of the world’s most creative nations – one that attracts, develops and retains talent, where the arts and the creative industries are supported and celebrated and their economic contribution fully captured; a nation where the arts and creativity play a central part in the lives, education and well-being of our population
The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and is a chance to showcase, celebrate and promote Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at: www.visitscotland.com/creative  The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL.

3. The Baring Foundation is a London-based independent funder. Founded in 1969, it has given over £100 million since then to support the voluntary sector to tackle discrimination and disadvantage. In 2010, the Foundation launched a 5 year, £3 million UK-wide fund for arts by older people, following on the publication of a survey of the field, Ageing Artfully. So far 44 arts organisations have been funded from the Isle of Lewis to Cornwall, along with a series of strategic interventions of which, Luminate, is the most significant. http://www.baringfoundation.org.uk/

4. Age Scotland has a positive, forward looking vision for our ageing society.  The Charity works for a better later life for all of us – today and tomorrow, listening to older people in order to understand what they need to transform their lives for the better, challenging disadvantage and unfairness.
Age Scotland values older people and believes they have the power to change their lives for the better. Community by community, life by life, the Charity is working towards a Scotland where older people are valued and respected for who they are. http://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/

Contact: Wendy Grannon
Phone: 07916137632
Email: wendy@wendygrannon.co.uk
Website: http://www.luminatescotland.org