Luminate: the show goes on

October’s landmark Luminate Festival is continuing to put arts and ageing in the limelight.  Doug Anthoney looks forward and back at a memorable month.

This week, we look forward to the Big Bang Bash in Glasgow on Tuesday; a celebration of Common Wheel’s music groups working with older people in care. Unusual Places to Dance, a multi-media performance developed by Tricky Hat Productions in partnership with CACE (Older People, Active Lives), premiers in Cumbernauld on Wednesday, running until Friday.

Starting on Thursday in Stornoway, Memory Books offers visitors an opportunity to learn about this interactive  tool to trigger and stimulate memories and experience. And in Dundee on the same day you can join a special Luminate Whisky Galore event at the Dundee Rep.

We don’t normally signpost to other people’s blogs, however we think that the blog by Luminate’s Jim Cowan is well worth a look.  Jim has spent a good part of the month on the road at various Luminate events, including; a ‘Katha’ Indian Dance Sharing Event in Edinburgh, an immersive theatrical performance in Govanhill Baths, a rehearsed reading of Queen Amang the Heather telling the story of Scottish traditional singer and traveller Belle Stewart, and the inaugural Luminate Poetry Slam.

We’ve also had a great report back from Pippa Zawisza, Age Scotland’s Community and Events Fundraiser, who last week joined a Luminate Arts Development Open Day in Aberdeen.  Amongst many eye openers for her was the work of Magic Me, an intergenerational project in London.  “They told us about their Cocktail hour in care homes,” said Pippa.  “Magic me were fed back that a lot of folk in care homes go to bed after dinner as there is nothing going on – they have no reason to put on their evening clothes and get out the lipstick! So they started a cocktail hour at 6:30pm when volunteers of different ages go to the care home to socialise with the residents. It was difficult to set up and to get care homes to agree, but it has proved to be extremely popular!”

Doug Anthoney is Age Scotland’s Communication and Campaigns Officer

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