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Creatively Ageing – From New Zealand to Scotland

An afternoon of presentations, performance and discussion

Tuesday 18 September 2pm - 4.30pm

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church

25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX

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. 

Join us for this exhilarating afternoon where we explore some of the best examples of arts and older people including Billie's fascinating journey, alongside dance performance by Edinburgh Dance Base's PRIME and a panel discussion on themes of arts, ageism, barriers and representation. 

This event is free and will be of particular interest to older people's groups and organisations, arts organisations, and individuals and organisations working with older people. Places are limited so advance booking is essential. 

Please book your place via Eventbriteor alternatively contact Luminate by phone  0131 668 8066  or by email

Refreshments will be provided. Please inform us of any access requirements you may need in advance of the event.


After surviving an abusive childhood and repeated trauma in the Christchurch Earthquake in New Zealand, Billie Jordan used these experiences as a catalyst for improving the lives of people in her community. She established The Hip Op-eration Crew; a hip hop dance group consisting of members aged 73 to 98 years old. Billie was the New Zealand Woman of the Year in 2017, is a recipient of a Queen’s Honour (MNZM) and received the New Zealander of the Year award in the Local Hero category in 2015. She is the star of an award winning feature documentary called Hip Hop-eration. Hear the inspiring story of how Billie changed the lives of her older neighbours and how they changed hers.


PRIME is proud to be Scotland's first semi-professional dance company for the over 60s. This dynamic group was chosen by audition in February 2015 by Morag Deyes, Artistic Director of Dance Base and PRIME. Created from a growing need and desire from dancers over 60 to see themselves more widely represented on the stage and in the world of dance, the company were born from a commitment to challenge preconceptions around notions of age, to help establish a culture of dance in Scotland that is truly equal and representative of its population. The company perform progressive and creative choreography and, in doing so, empower seniors to explore new possibilities in life and dance. PRIME challenges assumptions as to who can be a dancer and explores riches in the differences and life experiences of a person, a dancer.


The informal conversation will include arts and older people; ageism in the arts; older people’s representation in the arts, creativity and healthy ageing.

Contributors: the Chair Dr Alan Gow (The Ageing Lab, Heriot Watt University), Brian Sloan (Age Scotland), Morag Deyes, (Artistic Director of Dance Base), Billie Jordan (Director, The Hip Op-eration Dance Academy)

Image: Hip Op-eration Crew Members on Waiheke Island; photo credit: Christine Wilton

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