Programmes, events and initiatives for Scots young and old, as part of the Year of Creative Scotland

Programmes, events and initiatives for Scots young and old, as part of the Year of Creative Scotland

The Year of Creative Scotland First in a Lifetime funding programme touches the lives of the young and old across the country. In Aberdeen, Citymoves' Dance-a-maz'in, an interactive dance maze, will afford young people and their families an exciting arts experience. In the Highlands, the Promoters Arts Network will work with young people aged 16-26 to train them as volunteer promoters culminating in the programming of a tour. In the central belt, Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery will work with young people not in education or employment leading to participation in the Gallery's Youth Forum, while in the west, young carers in eight communities will benefit from Creative Sparks, a new cross-art form storytelling programme that will culminate in a collaborative piece.

In Stirling, adults with learning disabilities are working on a live arts programme that will feature in public spaces including Stirling Castle as part of Abrupt Encounters; while older people and people with dementia are preparing for their KATHA Indian dance project performance at Luminate Festival, the result of a project led by Dance Ihayami to build connections between cultures. In Glasgow, Art in Hospital connects frail, older people in care homes to their communities through the visual arts.

The fund also encourages communities to work together. Through a series of artistic collaborations Tramway and Glas(s) Performance will work with residents living on and near Albert Drive, the street in which Tramway is located, to create a large-scale inter-generational arts event next summer exploring the central question, 'Who is my neighbour?' Also look out for information on The Beacon project working with communities in Port Glasgow, East Greenock and Larkfield/Braeside; Born to Write, a playwriting project in the east of Glasgow; and Here We Stay at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre (15-17 Nov), an original and compelling music and theatre performance involving refugees, asylum seekers and the wider Gorbals community.

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