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Luminate: Scotland's creative ageing festival
celebrating creativity as we age

Welcome to Luminate

Luminate, Scotland's creative ageing festival, is held from 1st to 31st October across Scotland each year.  The festival brings together older people and those from across the generations to celebrate our creativity as we age, share stories of ageing and explore what growing older means to all of us. Each year, there are activities all over Scotland - from art workshops and dance classes to music performances and authors' events - and you will find Luminate in theatres, galleries, community halls, care homes and lunch clubs, as well as events online that take us to audiences everywhere.

Call for older artists


We are delighted to share the call for applications to take part in an exciting opportunity open to Scottish-based artists in all artforms who are aged 50 and over and are in the early stages of a new artistic career.                                

The lab for older artists, led by Nicholas Bone and Alice McGrath from Magnetic North, will be held at Cove Park from the evening of Wednesday 22 February 2017 till the morning of Tuesday 28 February 2017.  This lab is a partnership between Cove ParkMagnetic North, Luminate and a-n The Artists Information Company, and it offers six artists a chance to take part in a facilitated process, exploring how creativity can be nourished and how artists can challenge themselves to develop. During the lab, there will be time for individual reflection as well as creative work. 

Deadline for applications is midday on Wednesday 4 January. For more information about the lab and details of how to apply, please click here to download the Application Guidelines.

Luminate 2016

The 2016 programme featured hundreds of creative events and activities, reaching people of all ages and different communities nationwide. The festival extended the length and breadth of Scotland - from Hawick in the Scottish Borders all the way up to Yell, Shetland. 

Please click here to download an electronic version of the 2016 brochure, and see the wide range of  performances and workshops that took place for the festival's fifth year. 

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