Luminate announces festival programme for October

Actors Libby McArthur & Johnny Beattie launch new Scottish Festival to celebrate creativity as we age.

Actors Libby McArthur and Johnny Beattie launch Scotland’s first festival to celebrate creativity as we age. © Drew Farrell

Today Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival announced a nationwide programme of arts activities celebrating our creative lives as we age.

Age Scotland is one of the festival’s partners, along with Creative Scotland and the Baring Foundation, and we are very excited about what’s in store.

Throughout October, Scotland’s newest festival will throw a spotlight on over 200 inspirational arts activities – many of them free – with, and for older people, as well as events for audiences and participants across the generations.

The arts festival includes dance, drama and music performances; film screenings, literary events and exhibitions.  Many events are free or discounted, and opportunities are offered for people to become involved as participants as well as audience members.

At a glance, a section of festival highlights includes:

  • a six strong 70+ Finnish ladies rock band at Howden Park Centre in Livingston
  • actor Edith MacArthur’s star turn in a reading of Sylvia’s Dow’s poignant radio drama It’s Only Words at Perth Theatre
  • an afternoon in Brechin where children, parents and grandparents are brought together to share stories and memories over tea and cake
  • a new piece for twelve male dancers by choreographer Andy Howitt in which he explores what the ageing body brings to dance
  • a pop up Craft Café in a local  Age Scotland shop
  • and Libby McArthur’s take on turning 50 in the premiere of The F Word at Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock.

Festival participants range from nine years old to 90, and feature professional and non-professional artists alike.  Debates and discussions will explore current thinking on issues surrounding the role of creativity in our lives as we age.

Creative activities with people being cared for in residential homes and in their local community forms another strand of the festival programme and creative projects will take place in care homes from Edinburgh to Shetland. 

Needless to say, there’s a lot of events packed into the month of October, and we’ve only highlighted a selection in this post! You can read a very in-depth review of what’s happening on the Creative Scotland website.

Full Luminate programme listings will be available at from Monday 13th August and the printed festival brochure will be distributed across Scotland from Wednesday 5th September.

If you’re interested in keeping up to date with all the festival’s happenings, visit the website and sign up for the e-newsletter.

2 thoughts on “Luminate announces festival programme for October

  1. If you ever need a mature jazz and blues,and swing band,then please get in touch with me,.Benita Baugh. Photos can be on facebook.

    • Hi Benita, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, this year’s call for applications to the festival has closed. Please do keep in touch with the festival though, because next year there will be the opportunity to apply to take part in the programme. Visit for details of how to keep informed. Hope that helps!

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