Edinburgh to host 20 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

Edinburgh to host 20 events as part of new nationwide festival celebrating creativity as we age

Liz Lochhead showcases reading of new theatre piece at Traverse Theatre

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

THROUGHOUT October, the city and Edinburgh will host 20 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.

Luminated 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 Edinburgh city events includes the following: A rehearsed reading at the Traverse Theatre of Mortal Memories, a play by Scotland’s Makar, Liz Lochhead, presented by Stellar Quines and Luminate.  The play features friends in a sheltered housing community, as they prepare to celebrate Burns night and share some secrets from the past. Mortal Memories will be followed by a discussion with Liz Lochhead, director Marilyn Imrie.

On 11 October at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, Luminate’s Inaugural Annual International Lecture presented in partnership with the RSA11, is given by Tim Carpenter, founder of EngAGE and host/producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show.

This free lecture does not focus on people with dementia exclusively, but examines the wider issues and opportunities in relation to the elderly. Tim is a thought-provoking speaker who will share his experience of the ground-breaking work he leads in the USA.

On 19 October, the Hearts & Minds Elderflower Programme is running Keeping the Creativity Alive, an open workshop at LifeCare. Focusing on communication and exploring themes, objects and ideas for connecting with people affected with dementia.

At the Scottish Poetry Library on 31 October, Singing Under Our Breath, is a sharing of poetry written by people with dementia, presented by John Killick and Ishbel McFarlane.

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

Edinburgh City listings information:
Memories are Made of This
4 October / 2pm-3pm
Free concert of well-known Scottish songs for groups from care homes or older people’s
networks. Performed by Alison McMorland and Geordie
McIntyre.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
1 Queen Street, Edinburg
Free, booking required
Booking: 0131 624 6428
www.nationalgalleries.org

Insights & Ideas: Luminate
4 October / 2pm – 4pm
A creative café style event focusing on individuals, organisations and projects working to increase the number of older people engaging with creative activity, either as participants, audiences or professional artists.
Creative Scotland, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG
Free
Info: 0330 333 2000  www.insightsoctober2012

Mortal Memories
4 & 5 October / 7.30pm
Plus daytime outreach performance for a local community group.
Rehearsed reading of Liz Lochhead play followed by discussion with the writer and director.
Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh
Tickets £6/£4  Box Office: 0131 228 1404  boxoffice@traverse. co.uk  www.traverse.co.uk

The Black Spot:Gallery Tour
9 October / 11am
Tour of The Black Spot, an exhibition by New York based artist Tim Rollins and his collective.
Portable loop system available for visitors who are hard of hearing.
Talbot Rice Gallery/ArtLink, University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL • Free •
Booking: 0131 229 3555 / susan@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk www.trg.ed.ac.uk
www.artlinkedinburgh.co.uk

We are Golden!
10 October / 11.30am – 1pm
Joyful take, on the Olympic celebrations by 24 carat, an autonomous
choreographic group from the Golden over 60s class at Dance Base. Followed by an interactive fun and easy dance class.
Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket
EH1 2JU • Free • Info: 0131 225
5525 • www.dancebase.co.uk

Treasures from The Queen’s Palaces – Verbal Description Tour
11 October / 10am
This exhibition brings together some of the finest treasures from the Royal Collection. Detailed descriptions of key works will be given for blind and partially sighted visitors during this special highlights tour.
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
Tickets: £5.50 • Box Office: 0131 557 2500  www.royalcollection.org.uk

Thrive As We Age: International lecture presented by Luminate in partnership with the RSA
11 October / 7.30pm
Luminate’s Inaugural Annual International Lecture is given by Tim Carpenter, founder of
EngAGE and host/producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show.
Our Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AS
Free but booking essential Book online at: thriveasweage.eventbrite.co.uk

A Creation Myth For Scotland
11 October / 7.30pm
Storytellers David Campbell and Janis MacKay along with piper Alan Macdonald, tell an
evocative story of how Scotland was created.
Scottish Storytelling Centre,43-45 High Street, Edinburgh
Tickets: £6/£4  Box Office: 0131 556 9579

Queen Amang The Heather
13 October / 7.30pm
Rehearsed reading of a new play in development, written by Sheila Stewart and Christeen Winford. Belle Stewart was a Scottish Traditional Traveller, feted across the world for her ballad singing.  Co-written by Belle’s daughter, Sheila Stewart.
Scottish Storytelling Centre,
43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Tickets: £9 / £6  Box Office 0131 556 9579 • reception@scottishstorytellingcentre.com •
www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk

Luminate Poetry Slam
14 October / 7.30pm for 8pm
Slams are a great opportunity to hear a range of performers competing for
a place in the finals.
Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place,
Edinburgh
Free but tickets must be booked in advance
Traverse Box Office on 0131 228 1404

Sonic Walk
6 – 20 October /Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 8pm Saturday: 10am – 1.30pm
An installation created as part of Edinburgh Mela 2012. Composer Niroshini Thambar has been working in collaboration with other artists and a group of older women from Edinburgh’s South Asian communities to create an evocative sound and media installation at North Edinburgh Arts.
North Edinburgh Arts Centre, 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh
Free • Info: 0131 315 2151 www.northedinburgharts.co.uk

‘Katha’ Indian Dance Sharing Event: Dance Ihayami
16 October / 12noon – 3pm18 October / 11am – 3pm
Scotland’s Indian dance company Dance Ihayami is working with older people throughout
Edinburgh. Join this sharing event and experience the joys of Indian dance.
Daily programme details available at www.danceihayami.org
Stockbridge House, 2 Cheyne Street, Edinburgh
Free • Info: 07722 071 256 www.danceihayami.org

Couldn’t Care Less: Strange Theatre Company
17 October / 2pm – 4pm
Research workshop for people with experience of caring or being cared
for. As part of the development of a new play about the relationship between a carer and the person they care for, Strange Theatre are speaking to people with current or past experiences of caring relationships.
26 October / 6pm – 7pm
Couldn’t Care Less – work in progress presentation
Devised by director Tim Licata, writer Sue Glover and performers Hilde McKenna and Liz Strange.
North Edinburgh Arts Centre, 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh
Free, but tickets for the work in progress presentation
should be booked in advance Box Office: 0131 315 2151

From The Queen’s Palaces – Highlights Tour
18 October / 10am
Exhibition of over 100 treasures from the Royal Collection, usually displayed in the Royal palaces and residences. This special tour looks at the exhibition highlights including works by Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Lucian Freud and Fabergé. An FM portable loop
system is available.
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh
Tickets: £5.50 Box Office: 0131 557 2500 www.royalcollection.org.uk

Hearts & Minds Elderflowers:Keeping the Creativity Alive – Open workshop
19 October / 10am – 1pm
Workshop  open to anyone who is interested, including healthcare workers and relatives.
LifeCare, 2 Cheyne Street, Edinburgh
Tickets: £15 • To book phone: 0131 270 6051 or email enquiries@heartsminds.org.uk •
www.heartsminds.org.uk

Singing Under Our Breath
20 October / 1pm
Sharing of the creativity of people with dementia presented by John Killick and Ishbel McFarlane.
Scottish Poetry Library,5 Critchton’s Close, Cannongate, Edinburgh
Tickets: £7/£5 • Box Office: 0131 557 2876 www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk

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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