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Beyond October – What’s on?

Beyond October – What’s on?

As we wave goodbye to our festival month it’s easy to assume the inevitability of waiting around for next year’s action. But projects championing arts and older people are taking place all the time across Scotland, with many of our participating organisations running year-round work
open to new participants and members- meaning there’s plenty to get connected with.

Recently we launched new publication Late Opening: Arts and Older
People in Scotland
including 14 case studies detailing organisations and
projects dedicated to supporting older people in engaging with the arts. Varying
from artist-led projects, touring work in care settings and charity and arts
venue initiatives, Late Opening brings together stories of these projects and
discusses the cultural impact of this work in Scotland.

Below are a slice of projects from our 2017 programme that continue
work throughout the year. From crafts to concerts to dementia friendly film
screenings, there’s a wide selection of work across Scotland:

Live Music Now is a UK-wide initiative dedicated to delivering thousands of
interactive music programmes in care homes and hospitals and a range of
community and healthcare settings. Luminate audiences enjoyed performances
from musicians across the worlds of classical music, traditional Scottish and
jazz at multiple venues during October. Dates for both closed and public
concerts continue year-round across Scotland, with upcoming public performances
(including dementia friendly) in South Ayrshire, Dundee, Edinburgh and
Stirling. The charity also provides support and training for young musicians.

There are a huge number of community groups that regularly meet,
create and welcome new faces. In Aberdeenshire Kemnay Knit and Natter Group
meet weekly at the local library to learn new crafts, in Edinburgh Kick the Cat
Appalachian Dance Group meet weekly to ‘dance their cares away’ (an initiative
very much approved of by Luminate staff attending their festival workshop) and in
Fife Cupar U3A Ukulele Group ‘Cupalele’ rehearse and give public performances
in the local area. U3A, or University of the Third Age, is in itself a
UK-wide organisation of retired and semi-retired people coming together to
continue their educational, social and creative interests.

This year’s touring theatre production Curious Shoes was presented
by Hearts & Minds, an arts in health charity using the performing arts to
improve the quality of life for people living with dementia including
programmes such as Elderflowers. Hearts & Minds also run Artful Minds
training days
designed for artists who are looking to develop skills and
confidence in using their art form in this area.

Also in dementia friendly initiatives Glasgow Film Theatre are
running new programme Movie Memories which launched during Luminate and will now continue with monthly screenings. Movie Memories introduces inclusive and friendly cinema screenings, a dementia friendly venue and dementia aware staff and volunteers. Upcoming screenings include Britain on Film: Coast and Sea (Nov) and White Christmas (Dec).

More regular activity sessions include those run by Impact Arts
whose Craft Cafés take place in community and care home settings held in Govan, Paisley, Barrhead, Johnstone and Edinburgh. This
flagship programme offers a social and creative environment to learn new
skills and connect with activities, self-directed by participants. You
can find out more on their blog.

This list is only a taster of projects going on across Scotland. You
can find out about further work by reading our publication, searching online,
following us on Facebook or Twitter or signing up to our online newsletter.
If you have any questions about events during Luminate 2017 festival, do feel
free to get in touch.

Image: Runners by NADFLY, commissioned by Luminate and MECOPP, Oct 2017 (c) NADFLY

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