Luminate Festival 2019

With a growing programme of year-round work, Luminate Festival took a break in 2018 and returned for its final year in May 2019. 227 events celebrated creativity as we age. 

A large number of people are gathered in a large hall and singing. Siome are suitting at tables and others - wearing matching shirts - are standing at the back.

Programme highlights:

  • Come and Sing!, a fun, massed singing event in the Music Hall, Aberdeen, hosted by the 90-strong Music Hall Community Choir and conducted by Stephen Deazley. The event launched Luminate’s nationwide Dementia Inclusive Singing Network. 
  • Art Adventures in Nature, an exhibition of work created by residents of Erskine’s Edinburgh care homes, in collaboration with Luminate’s residents artists, James Winnett and Gill White. 
  • An Audience with… at the Festival Theatre, featured older dancers from the Variety Era who regaled with stories, photos and memorabilia from their fascinating and sparkling careers. Led by dance artist Janice Parker. 
  • Timefield, a cross-art collaborative installation at Platform, Glasgow, drawing together photographs, soundscapes and paintings showing the impact of time on the body. Created by five older artists – Ian Cameron, Kate Clayton, Frank McElhinney, Annie Peel and Lesley Wilson – who all previously took part in Luminate’s programme for older emerging artists.

...a fascinating, immersive experience about nature and ageing

Robin Simpson, Voluntary Arts, on Timefield
  • Harbour, a specially-devised theatre production by the Lyceum Original Sixty inspired by David Greig’s adaptation of Local Hero. 
  • The Flames , a performance company for people age 50+ launched during the Luminate Festival 2016presented a fresh look at how we approach ageing in Scotland and Japan.  
  • Is e seo mo sgeul: My object, my story, an exhibition of work by older people on Skye working with artists Kate McMorrine and Helen Scott Danter at Aros Community Theatre in Portree. 
  • The Professors of Logic, a five-piece band fronted by singer-songwriter Anna Durkacz, performing songs about growing older.  
  • Kemnay Knit & Natter, regular Festival participants, displayed work they had created during their regular sessions in Kemnay Library. 
  • A screening of Return to the Closet?, at Platform, Glasgow, a film made by LGBTI+ community members working with artist Glenda Rome about their experience and views of older people’s care. 
  • The launch of the LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Club – its first event 

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