Taking mainstage

Luminate really hit a roll last week and saw people diving in to watch, listen and take part in all sorts of creative events. Rhian Thompson has a look at some of last weeks Luminate events.

One of last week’s highlights was the Inaugural Annual International Lecture where Tim Carpenter presented ground breaking work on the role of creativity in care. His project EngAGE takes a whole-person approach to creative and healthy ageing by providing arts, lifelong learning, community building and inter generational programmes to thousands of older people living in senior apartment communities in Southern California.

Water-less synchronised swimming, photograph by Jim Cowan

Water-less synchronised swimming, photograph by Jim Cowan

He spoke passionately about how ageing shouldn’t mean being sent off to a home / a separate community but older people should be central part of the community and spoke about some fascinating projects around inter-generational work that these communities had taken part in.

‘Thrive As We Age’ was a fascinating experience for people with all sorts of interests and backgrounds, many hung around inspired and enthused, discussing among other things, how we could make it work in a Scottish context, until they were summarily kicked out as Dynamic Earth closed for the night.  You can see Tim Carpenter doing a TED lecture on similar subjects here.

The DCAs Senior Citizen Kane over 60s film group hosted and enjoyed a screening of Ping Pong, a film about eight players with 703 years between them compete in the World Over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia.

Meanwhile people all over Scotland were enjoying taking part and learning funky Brazilian drumming, taking part in Craft Cafés at Bathgate’s Age Scotland shop and attending dance classes. DanceBase’s Golden group, performed their Olympics influenced, dance routine (see picture above). Jim from Luminate said that ‘A highlight for me was the boxing performance, where members of the group battled dance moves against each other, which included a brilliant fisticuffs tap-dancing routine!’

The National Theatre of Scotland also launched their Theatre Club in Edinburgh. if you’d like to be part of this group who’ll meet regularly to attend theatre performances all over Scotland.  it looks very promising so pop along the Glasgow one on 27 October if you are able, or contact info@nationaltheatrescotland.com for details.

Full Luminate programme listings and a pdf of the brochure are available at luminatescotland.org or call us on 0131 668 8066 or find out more of what is happening from the Luminate blog.

Rhian Thompson is Age Scotland’s Digital Communications Officer

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