Luminate’s third nationwide Festival hosted 435 dance, drama, music, visual arts and outreach events the length and breadth of Scotland to explore what ageing means to all of us.
- Changing Room: artists Jo Hodges and Denise Zygadlo were commissioned by Luminate to create an interactive installation exploring experiences of the menopause. The work was exhibited in Dumfries & Galloway with supporting workshops.
- Falkirk Cabaret: choir leader Stephen Deazley worked with care homes and older people’s groups in Falkirk on a singing project culminating in a celebration at the Town Hall.
- Let Me Stay toured in the Highlands. Julie McNamara celebrated life through the eyes of her mother, challenging the view that Alzheimer’s must always represent a withdrawal from the world. Presented in partnership with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF)
- A Place to Sit shared table settings designed by people living with dementia in collaboration with artist Deirdre Nelson. Coasters and table mats were inspired by memories of the dance halls of Glasgow, and by the natural world around the city. Exhibited at CCA in Glasgow, this was the culmination of a day centre project supported by Alzheimer Scotland.
- Life Lines: Intergenerational LGBT+ Storytelling, an evening of performance poetry and storytelling from a diverse range of LGBT+ people. Organised by LGBT Health and Wellbeing.
- J O U R N E Y created by Belgian choreographer Koen De Preter, featured two dancers aged 31 and 87 who bridge the gap between young and old. Co-presented in Banchory with DanceLive.
- Light as a Feather: All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre gave dancers from Scottish Ballet’s Regenerate company the chance to fly!
- Making It Matters: Westhill Men’s Shed and arts students from Aberdeen collaborated on an intergenerational design challenge led by MAKLab.
- Suffragettes: Our Mothers, Sisters, Aunts? Glasgow Women’s Library shared some of their Suffragette playscripts, followed by a handling session of Suffragette artefacts and a discussion about the experiences of these Firebrand Women.
- Utsavam Celebration, an Indian dance workshop by Dance Ihayami for older people, families and carers at Lifecare in Edinburgh.
Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival, ran between 2012 and 2019.