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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.

Be part of Luminate 2016

We would like to invite you to be part of the fifth edition of the festival.  If you're planning creative activities or events in Scotland this October that are aimed at older people, or that have a theme related to ageing, why not put them forward to be part of Luminate 2016? You would be featured in a nationwide programme and marketing campaign, and have the chance to meet other event organisers who are running similar activities across Scotland.

Our online proposal form is now live. Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Wednesday 29 June for inclusion in our printed brochure and on our website. Proposals submitted after this time will be eligible for inclusion on our website only and the deadline for submission of events to be included online only is 5pm on Friday 5 August

Please click here to put your proposal forward and find useful documents to help you prepare your submission. 

Luminate Photography Challenge

We are collaborating with Stills, Centre for Photography, on a challenge for older photographers during 2016. This is a chance for you to create something new this summer, and to share it with others around the country in October as part of Luminate. Please click here to take part and find out more about the Luminate Challenge.

Luminate 2015

Our fourth festival held in October last year featured 424 creative events from the Scottish Borders to Shetland, reaching people of all ages and different communities nationwide. We live-streamed Donna Rutherford's performance of Broth from Paisley Arts Centre and you can watch a recording of this show online at our YouTube Channel

You can also browse Luminate 2015 events in our Events section or download an electronic copy of our brochure by clicking here.

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