Dundee to host events as part of new nationwide festival celebrating creativity 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

Dundee to host series of events
Dance, Music, Visual Art, Drama, Literature, Film

Sign up for updates and view full programme: www.luminatescotland.org

THROUGHOUT October, Dundee will host a series of film, theatre and dance 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 Dundee City events includes, That’s Creative on 4 October, a short film highlighting the positive experience of participants who have taken part in creative activities including Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) printmaking summer school.  This free event  takes place at the Hannah Maclure Centre Cinema,  University of Abertay, Top Floor, Abertay.

At DCA, Senior Citizen Kane Celebrating Creativity in Older Age, is running movie screenings, gallery tours and workshops from 6 – 14 October. Films include No One But Me which shines the spotlight on the legendary jazz singer, Annie Ross, the Scottish chanteuse who is still swinging and singing, well into her eighties.

Luminate at Dundee Rep Theatre presents Armchair Theatre’s stage play of Whisky Galore by Paul Godfrey on 25 October. As part of Luminate, this special matinee performance includes a pre-show Making Friends Event, plus a post show chat with the actors.

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

DUNDEE LISTINGS INFORMATION:
That’s Creative
4 October / 2.30pm
Hannah Maclure Centre Cinema, University of Abertay, Top Floor, Abertay Student Centre, 1-3 Bell Street, Dundee
Free

Senior Citizen Kane Celebrating Creativity in Older Age: Film Screenings
6 October / 3pm No One But Me
7 October / 2pm Ping Pong
13 October / 1pm Arsenic and Old Lace
14 October / 1pm Gallery Tour, Art Workshop & Blether
DCA, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY
Screenings: tickets £4.50 conc / £5.50 full price
Gallery tour on 14 October – free
Box Office & Info: 01382 909 900 www.dca.org.uk

Luminate at Dundee Rep Theatre’s ‘Whisky Galore’ by Paul Godfrey
25 October / 1:30pm for performance at 2:30pm
Special matinee as part of Luminate, with a £7 ticket offer including a tea/coffee at our pre-show Making Friends event, followed by the matinee performance and a post show chat with the actors.
The £7 ticket offer is available only to older people, as part of the Luminate Festival. Please quote LUM12 when booking your ticket Box Office: 01382 223 530
Dundee Rep Theatre, Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB •Tickets: £7.  www.dundeerep.co.uk

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