After a great first week Luminate continues to shine

Doug Anthoney looks back at the first seven days of Luminate, Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival, and previews the week ahead.

Tim Carpenter’s groundbreaking work on the role of creativity in care will take centre stage at Dynamic Earth on 11 October.

Last week we sent Age Scotland’s ace reviewer Pat Craig to see National Theatre of Scotland’s performance of My Shrinking Life and the Take this Waltz cuppa screening at the Bo’ness Hippodrome.  

My Shrinking Life will stay with you long after you leave the theatre,” said Pat. “It’s not a ‘play’ but clearly, it is a performance, which at times is unsettling but ultimately delivers the message the protagonist, wants us to hear.”

Pat was also impressed by the Bo’ness Hippodrome: “Walk through the front door and you’re transported to the golden age of cinema.”  There she met “an 84 year old told me she’d done all her ‘winching’ here – in the balcony of course!”  

Last Thursday I attended a Luminate reception where I had the pleasure of meeting the inspirational Jamie Stuart, who at 92 years old is Luminate’s oldest performer.  I also met Ed from Perth U3A, who told me that his hope for an exhibition of paintings by older artists over the weekend would ‘break even,’ with little expectation that any works would be bought.  I’ve since heard it attracted 110 visitors and that 9 paintings and 12 painted cards were sold, together worth nearly £400 – a great result for them and for the Festival!

So what’s on at Luminate this week?  If you are in Edinburgh on the 11th you can hear Thrive As We Age, Luminate’s FREE Inaugural Annual International Lecture.  In Glasgow that day Silver Sambistas will be making a big noise – so why not check them out!

In Edinburgh on 13th you can join the National Theatre of Scotland’s Theatre Club and see The Guid Sisters at The Royal Lyceum Theatre.  And in Dundee that day you can watch Arsenic and Old Lace at the DCA. 

Age Scotland’s Bathgate Shop is thrilled to be hosting Impact Art’s pop up craft cafe from Thursday to Saturday.  So why not pop in for arts and crafts, and check out the great offers we have in store while you’re there!

Doug Anthoney is Age Scotland’s Communication and Campaigns Officer.

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