Luminate Festival 2016

In 2016, Luminate Festival continued to push boundaries with 322 events across Scotland, showing that creativity is possible in many different ways and in many different places, no matter what your age.  

Him, Luminate Festival 2016

Him, Luminate Festival 2016

Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Programme highlights:

  • Dublin-based Fishamble’s Forgotten one-man portrayal of four older people in care homes around Ireland, which toured to the Tron, Glasgow, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock and The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen. 
  • The launch of Whatever the Sea at the Scottish Poetry Library, a poetry anthology from Polygon/Birlinn about growing older. 

One of the delights of a collection like this is the discovery of voices heretofore not encountered

Nick Major Reviews, Whatever the Sea, The Herald
  • 1973, a dance and movement workshop led by choreographer Janice Parker at Cove Park, themed around her archive of creating dance with people over the decades. 
  • The Weight of Knowledge, Measured in Clay, an installation at Westsandwick Hall, Yell, Shetland as the result of a collaboration between residents of Isleshavn Care Home and artist Amy Gear. 
  • Him, a new work in which actor Tim Barlow reflects on life at 80; written by Sheila Hill and presented at the Traverse with support from Unlimited. 
  • Directed by North Merchiston, short documentaries made by 5 residents of North Merchiston Care Home in collaboration with BAFTA-winning film-maker Duncan Cowles.   Commissioned by Luminate and Scottish Care. 
  • Making Space , an exhibition at the Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, featuring installations by ceramic artists Lorna Fraser and Carol Sinclair. Both were reflecting on shifting priorities having reached the milestone of turning 50. 
  • Burl & Purl Club Nite in Craigshill, Livingston, was staged by local older people who had worked with a professional DJ to learn their mixing skills. 
  • The launch of Tricky Hat’s new older people’s company, The Flames, in Glasgow. 
  • The Luminate Photography Challenge 2016, inviting older people across Scotland to photograph a building that had played an important part in their own life or the life of their community. In partnership with Stills, Centre for Photography. 

Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival, ran between 2012 and 2019.