Luminate is live

This week the long-awaited Luminate festival began, heralding a month of creative ageing activities across Scotland. Here’s a look at what’s in store this week.

On any given day, from 1 to 31 October, a Luminate event will be in full swing somewhere in Scotland.  This week on 4 and 5 October, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre offers a rehearsed reading of Mortal Memories, a new play by Scotland’s Makar, Liz Lochhead, presented by Stellar Quines and Luminate.   

You can sign up for Silver Sambistas Glasgow based samba drumming group from 4 October and learn funky Brazilian drumming in this four week course. 

Now 92 years of age, author Jamie Stuart has been a wireless operator air gunner in World War II, Scottish champion athlete, professional actor, author, social worker and evangelist. Come down to St Enochs Hogganfield Church, Glasgow at 7.30pm, 3 October and hear him tell the story of his dramatic life with insight and humour.

Creative Scotland’s Insights and Ideas series continues with a Luminate festival theme on 4 October   This creative café style event will focus on individuals, organisations and projects working to increase the number of older people engaging with creative activity, either as participants, audiences or professional artists. 

On 6 and 7 October, The Mission Hall, St Matthew’s in Perth will open Time to Paint, a free exhibition of paintings made by members of Perth U3A (Perth University of the Third Age).

You can find out more about these and many other events on the Luminate website.

And if you are in Glasgow this month, why not pop into Age Scotland Enterprises’ brand new shop on Glassford Street in the Merchant City, near Marks and Spencer and just minutes away from Argyle and Queen Street stations.  It opened this week without the pizzaz of Luminate, but with loads to offer older people through Enterprises’ range of value for money products.

85-year-old Mrs Annie Anderson was the first customer to visit, and reacted with disbelief on learning that this honour had earned her a bottle of champagne, presented by Enterprises’ General Manager Logan Steele.


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