Young at Heart Festival

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South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture’s Art Development team are inviting all those over 50 to embrace their youth with the annual Young at Heart Festival. Now in its 11th year, the festival, which will run from 10-19 March, encourages people to engage and celebrate art in all its forms.  From classical cinema screenings, to free recitals and arts courses, those who attend will have the chance get involved with a variety of exciting activities.

Attendees can enjoy some golden oldies with a performance by ‘That Swing Sensation Big Band’ on Saturday 12 March. As one of Scotland’s most popular swing bands, the group will be encouraging people to dance the night away from 7.30-10.30pm at Rutherglen Town Hall.

Comedy legend Phil Differ is promising an evening of laughter with his stand-up comedy routine. The acclaimed star, who has been behind TV hits such as Still Game, Rab C Nesbitt and City Lights, will be showcasing his talents at East Kilbride Arts Centre on Friday 18 March at 6:30pm. Tickets cost just £10.

On Friday 18 March audiences can enjoy an afternoon with the Scottish Ballet as they perform the iconic ballet Swan Lake.  After the show guests are invited to take part in a beginner dance class with a professional tutor and pianist.

Indeed, the festival is not simply about sitting back and enjoying the performance, people will be actively encouraged to get involved through a variety of different workshops. From singing lessons, to art classes and photography courses, people have a chance to get involved and learn something new.  

Arts in the Park

While the festival is aimed at the over 50s, there is an opportunity for all generations to get involved, with the Arts in the Park event taking place at Chatelherault Country Park on  Sunday 13 March. Between 1pm – 4pm children can drop in to the arts and crafts workshop, while the adults learn some new techniques at the jewellery making class.  

The visitor centre will also be showcasing local artists at the arts and crafts fair between 11am-4pm. Those attending will get the chance to meet the artists, discuss their work and purchase some unique handmade pieces.

Guests can immerse themselves in the music of the exciting fiddle and piano due Grainne Brady and Tina Brady. The Glasgow based performers, who have just released their debut album High Spirits, will be playing an arrangement of their own compositions from 2pm-3pm. While there is no admission fee to this show guests are advised to book tickets in advance.  

More information on the facilities and travel information can be found by accessing the homepage of our website.