Media release: Stirling to host a trio of key events as part of festival celebrating creativity as we age

Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival
celebrating our creative lives as we age
A nationwide programme of over 200 arts events and activities
1st-31st October, 2012

Stirling to host a trio of key events

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THROUGHOUT October, Stirling will host three major events, including the culmination of a year-long arts project which brings gardens into healthcare settings, as part of a new nationwide celebration of our creative lives as we age.

Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing Festival is set to throw a spotlight on over 200 inspirational arts activities – many of them free – with, and for older people, as well as events for audiences and participants across the generations.

All Stirling events take place at macrobert, University of Stirling, including, Greenhouse Gallery, and Seasoned (15 October-16 November) when a riot of colour is installed in miniature greenhouses to bring the garden indoors. This is the culmination of a year-long arts programme between Artlink Central and NHS Forth Valley, designed for older people in healthcare settings who no longer have access to a garden.

A brand-new community dance production commissioned by Luminate and macrobert, is premiering at macrobert (20 October / 3.30pm (preview) 28 October / 4pm, 31 October / 6pm).  Ultra Violet is the culmination of a macrobert residency by dance artist Natasha Gilmore, Artistic Director of Barrowland Ballet, who will work with a range of performers of different ages, exploring the shifts of change as we move through the cycles of life and celebrates the joy of connecting across generations.

On 31 October, a day-long symposium at macrobert will offer opportunities for artists
and arts organisations to share examples of inspiring partnerships, to debate issues around support for dementia-related creative activity, and to discover ways in which artists can develop meaningful ways of engagement.

The Dementia Friendly Arts programme features speakers including Professor June Andrews from the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling as well as presentations by artists and healthcare professionals.

Luminate director, Anne Gallacher, explains: “There is already a wide variety of creative work with and for older people taking place across Scotland, and Luminate looks to celebrate and build on this.  The inaugural Luminate programme includes new collaborations, and international projects, and features a broad range of independently-run projects, including work led by arts, museum and heritage organisations, public libraries, residential care providers as well as community and neighbourhood groups.”

The cross arts festival includes dance, drama and music performances; film screenings, literary events and exhibitions.  Festival participants range from nine years old to 90, and feature professional and non-professional artists alike and opportunities are offered for people to become involved as participants as well as audience members.

Luminate is funded by Creative Scotland and the Baring Foundation in partnership with Age Scotland.

Iain Munro, director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said: “Luminate is the first festival of its kind in Scotland that celebrates creativity as we age and shares that passion across the generations.  We’re delighted to be partnering with the Baring Foundation and Age Scotland to increase the numbers of older people enjoying high quality arts activities, whether as artists, performers, participants or consumers, and to enjoy a long and creative life.  It’s an exciting new addition to the Year of Creative Scotland and further enhances Scotland’s international reputation as a festival nation.”

David Cutler, director, The Baring Foundation, commented: “What an inspiring programme for the first year of the Luminate Festival! The Baring Foundation is proud to support a new chapter in the arts in Scotland.”

Age Scotland director of Charity and Community Services, Kay Hutcheson, said: “Age Scotland has a positive, forward looking vision for our ageing population and is working hard to empower older people to demonstrate to themselves and others the continued value of their contribution to society.

“We believe that this value also encompasses the creative arts and that we should be doing our utmost to increase the number of older people enjoying high quality arts activities – whether as artists, performers, participants or consumers.  Luminate fits the bill in this regard.”

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Greenhouse Gallery and Seasoned
15 October to 16 November
macrobert, University of Stirling
Info: 01786 466666/450971

Ultra Violet
20 October / 3.30pm (preview)
28 October / 4pm
31 October / 6pm
macrobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA
Tickets: £6/£4
Box Office: 01786 466 666

Dementia Friendly Arts
31 October / 10am – 5.30pm
macrobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA
Ticketed event – please contact macrobert Box Office for more details
Box Office: 01786 466 666

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Notes for editors:

1. Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival is an initiative by Creative Scotland and The Baring Foundation and is being developed and delivered in partnership with Age Scotland. For updates and further information: 

2. Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries.  Our vision is that Scotland will be recognised as one of the world’s most creative nations – one that attracts, develops and retains talent, where the arts and the creative industries are supported and celebrated and their economic contribution fully captured; a nation where the arts and creativity play a central part in the lives, education and well-being of our population. The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and is a chance to showcase, celebrate and promote Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:  The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL.

3. The Baring Foundation is a London-based independent funder. Founded in 1969, it has given over £100 million since then to support the voluntary sector to tackle discrimination and disadvantage. In 2010, the Foundation launched a five-year, £3 million UK-wide fund for arts by older people, following on the publication of a survey of the field, Ageing Artfully. So far, 44 arts organisations have been funded – from the Isle of Lewis to Cornwall, along with a series of strategic interventions of which, Luminate, is the most significant. http://

4. Age Scotland has a positive, forward looking vision for our ageing society.  The Charity works for a better later life for all of us – today and tomorrow, listening to older people in order to understand what they need to transform their lives for the better, challenging disadvantage and unfairness. Age Scotland values older people and believes they have the power to change their lives for the better. Community by community, life by life, the charity is working towards a Scotland where older people are valued and respected for who they are.

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