Luminate, the Festival of Creative Ageing, returns to theatres, cinemas, galleries, care homes and community centres throughout Scotland next month. It will be the first time the festival has taken place in May, after moving from October to accommodate an ever-increasing programme of year-round work with and for older people.

Among the highlights is Come and Sing!, a fun, massed-singing event hosted by the 90-strong Music Hall Community Choir and conducted by Stephen Deazley at Aberdeen Music Hall. It launches Luminate’s nationwide Dementia Inclusive Choirs Network, which hopes to broaden singing opportunities for people living with dementia.

It’s not the only exciting participatory activity. Blue Jam Arts Creative Director Jilly Jarman is offering an evening of jazz improv workshops at Eskdalemuir Community Hall in the Borders, and the Lyceum in Edinburgh is offering Over 60s Acting Course Taster Workshops, followed by a chance to see the current over-60s group, the Lyceum Original Sixty, perform Harbour at the Traverse Theatre, inspired by David Greig’s adaptation of Local Hero. You can also create your own dance piece with Chance to Dance at Macduff, choreographed by Ruth Kent and Sheena Byrne, or join 24 Carat Gold and PRIME for some inspiring fun at Dance Base.

Film buffs are catered for too. Not least with the popular Luminate Shorts programme in Dundee, Inverness and the Isle of Skye, which delve into a range of issues that affect us all as we age.

Special Luminate ticket deals are also on offer, including for the SCO’s Season Finale Concert at the Usher Hall featuring Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Faure’s Requiem.

Luminate Festival takes place across Scotland from Wed 1 – Fri 31 May 2019
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