Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival, is back this October…

After a hugely successful year in 2013, with 400 arts and creative events taking place from the Scottish Borders to Shetland, plans are now well underway for Luminate 2014.

The festival showcases projects and events run by communities and arts organisations nationwide – including theatre, dance, music, visual arts and community projects – and offers a chance to celebrate creativity, share stories, and to explore what ageing means to all of us.

Old Skool Graffiti Projec

Old Skool Graffiti Project, Luminate 2013

The 2013 programme included a wonderfully diverse range of performances, screenings, exhibitions, workshops and events, all capturing the spirit of the festival. From an art installation at Royal Observer Corps bunkers on Shetland, to a design label created by an over-60s art group in Banchory to an intergenerational graffiti project in West Lothian.

This will be Luminate’s third festival, and, working closely with Age Scotland, the team are gearing up for another programme of exciting and inspiring events and activities that will embrace the length and breadth of the country from 1 – 31 October 2014.

As in previous years, Luminate includes an independently run programme from artists, cultural organisations and community groups, and there is still time to submit a proposal to be part of this year’s celebrations.

If you are planning arts events or creative activities anywhere in Scotland this October that are aimed at older people or have a theme relating to ageing, Luminate would love to hear from you. You can submit your proposal online where you’ll also find guidance notes and frequently asked questions to help guide you through the process.

And if you’re looking for some inspiration, the 2013 programme is still available to browse online here  or on the website at

The 2014 programme will be available by early September.

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