Busy festival programme celebrates older people in South Ayrshire

 10 October 2016  |  

The Luminate photography challenge at Ayr Town Hall also features pictures from professional photographer, Chris Leslie

The Luminate photography challenge at Ayr Town Hall also features pictures from professional photographer, Chris Leslie

People in South Ayrshire are being encouraged to come out in numbers and support a festival celebrating the creativity of older people. Luminate takes place across the length and breadth of Scotland each October, with several events planned in South Ayrshire.

The festival includes new work and collaborations, as well as independently-run projects led by a wide range of cultural and community organisations. Launched in 2012, Luminate is supported by Creative Scotland, the Baring Foundation, and Age Scotland.

There are a number of events taking place in South Ayrshire:

  • The Organist Entertains at Ayr Town Hall. Three senior and two younger organists play music from yesteryear on the 1904 Lewis pipe organ in Ayr Town Hall. Events take place every Monday (£3).
  • An afternoon of music with Laura Margaret Smith and Geoffrey Tanti at Ayr Gaiety Theatre. A relaxing afternoon of live entertainment and refreshments for people living with dementia, their carers, and loved ones. Monday 17 October (£5).
  • Get Creative With The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Ayr Town Hall. People of all ages can take part in this event which allows you to sing, play, explore creatively, meet professional orchestral musicians, and help make a brand new work. Saturday 22 October (Free).
  • Luminate photography challenge at Ayr Town Hall. A pop-up exhibition featuring architectural photographs taken by people who took part in the Luminate Challenge this summer. Monday 24 October - Friday 28 October (Free).

Councillor Bill Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure said that this year's festival had a lot to offer, "Older people play an important role in South Ayrshire life, and Luminate helps to celebrate their contribution.

"Now in its fifth year, and with a range of creative events on offer in South Ayrshire, I'm sure families will find something that strikes a chord as part of this increasingly popular national festival.

"I'd like to thank all the organisations who signed-up to take part in this year's programme, and would urge as many people as possible to get along and support the events right through October."

For further details on Luminate, including entry times, please follow this link.