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Luminate: Scotland's creative ageing organisation
celebrating creativity as we age

Welcome to Luminate

Luminate, Scotland's creative ageing organisation, runs a diverse programme of creative events and activities throughout the year.  Our projects bring together older people and those from across the generations to celebrate our creativity as we age, share stories of ageing and explore what growing older means to all of us.

Our nationwide creative ageing festival extended the length and breadth of Scotland in October 2017, with 330 events in communities from the Scottish Borders to Shetland.  We are excited that 2018 sees a new approach for us, with lots more work developing creative activities with, by and for older people all year round.  We will be supporting older people's creativity in different ways, for example care home artist residencies and training for older emerging artists.  

To enable our growing year-round programme to develop we won't be running a festival this October, and instead we're working towards a biennial festival starting in May 2019.  Make sure you sign up for our e-newsletter to receive regular updates about our upcoming news and events.

What's on 

Creatively Ageing - from New Zealand to Scotland

Tuesday 18 September 2pm - 4.30pm: an afternoon of inspirational presentations, dance performance and discussion about creative ageing

Together with Age Scotland and The Ageing Lab, we're delighted to welcome inspirational speaker Billie Jordan, founder of New Zealand's The Hip Op-eration Crew. Come and join for this one-off special event in Edinburgh. Tickets are free but bookings are essential. For more information and to book your place click here.

Unforgotten Forces

We are currently working on a 3 year artist-in-residency in partnership with Erskine care homes. This project is part of Unforgotten Forces, a partnership  of 15 leading organisations providing a range of services for older veterans living in Scotland. 

We commissioned two artists Gill White and James Winnett who are spending two days each week in care homes collaborating with Erskine residents. Creative activities have included filmmaking, sound recording, storytelling, creative writing, poetry reading, model making, sculpture, stone carving, painting and drawing.  

Find out more about the partnership and our artists here

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