Director appointed for Scotland's 'creative ageing festival'
Creative Scotland, the Baring Foundation and Age Scotland have appointed Anne Gallacher as festival director for a new national festival that will celebrate arts, creativity and ageing.
Launching in October 2012, the festival will celebrate the work of older artists, performers and other participants.
Gallacher has previously held senior posts at Birmingham Royal Ballet and Watford Palace Theatre. She was awarded a Clore Leadership Fellowship in 2005 and since spring 2009 has worked as a freelance arts consultant for a wide range of organisations including Salisbury International Arts Festival, Balletboyz and Norfolk Dance.
Iain Munro, director of creative development at Creative Scotland, said: "Our ambition is for the arts and creativity to play a central part in the lives, education and well-being of Scotland’s population and this festival is a significant milestone in achieving this ambition. Our vision is to create an inspiring and ambitious annual festival of arts for, by, with and about older people.
"The first festival will take place during 2012, designated as the Year of Creative Scotland, and it will form part of a wider programme of events that will provide opportunities for communities across the whole of Scotland to access and participate in cultural activities."