During the month of October we took part in Luminate, a Scotland-wide festival which celebrates creativity as we age.
We held three special film screenings at Aros, each exploring themes around ageing: The Sense of an Ending starring Jim Broadbent, Luminate Short Encounters – a selection of short films from Scotland to Australia, and Victoria & Abdul, which explores the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant during the later years of her reign. Before Victoria & Abdul, we enjoyed a special Bollywood dance performance by MeenaArts and her Bolly Babes.
Poet, Rody Gorman led a creative writing workshop on the theme of ageing, where participants shared ideas and work.
In the afternoon, we held a ‘Stories, Poems and Songs’ Open-mic, led by Rody and Morag Henriksen.
Morag is a local story-teller, poet and singer. She read some of her work about ageing and sang some lovely songs.
We enjoyed a cup of tea and a piece of shortbread during the proceedings and some of the audience got up to share their stories, poems and songs.
As part of Luminate, we also held our first Afternoon Tea Ceilidh, with songs and tunes from the Breakish Ceilidh Band and a good dose of tea and cake.
Our youngest participant was four months old, and our oldest one hundred and three.
It was a lovely afternoon. Thanks to all those who came along and to the Breakish Ceilidh Band for their music.
We plan to hold another Afternoon Tea Ceilidh on St Andrew’s Day, Thursday 30th October at Aros. Tickets will be available soon. For more information, phone 01478613649 or email Iseabail@aros.co.uk.