Festival Events 2015

Essence of a Memory Exhibition

Wednesday 4 November - Tuesday 10 November

Govan Health Centre, Glasgow


A thought provoking public exhibition on display at Govan Health Centre will show how positive sharing stories of loved ones who have died can be.

The exhibition showcases winning entries from the To Absent Friends Essence of a Memory competition which ran recently as part of the Luminate Festival of Creative Ageing. The competition encouraged entrants to submit words and an image which evoke a memory of someone they love who is dead.

Picture by Kenny Gilchrist - "You sailed away in the fifties, to live a bountiful life in Canada. Though you sailed over to the after life this year Obols were placed for Charon. The lighthouse remains, the constant, shining its beam at night. Connecting family members, still sailing in life's stormy seas."

RSNO Concert

Thursday 29 October, 6pm

RSNO Centre, Glasgow


Professional musicians from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra have worked with children from communities across Scotland on this high profile concert where school pupils and the RSNO will play side by side.

Alice Mary Cooper: The Box

Dates throughout October & November

Venues across Scotland

£6 - £12

Join theatre-maker Alice Mary Cooper as she playfully examines the contents of a time capsule, and explores an extraordinary last post from the First World War.

Cramond Kirk Breakfast Club

Saturday 31 October, 7.45am

Cramond Kirk, Edinburgh


Cramond Kirk in Edinburgh will be devoting the first meeting of the 2015-16 session of their Saturday Breakfast Club to Absent Friends.

Meeting first in the Kirk at 7.45am for a short service, the usual bacon roll breakfast will become a Cafe of Reminiscence and an exploration of how we all become more open about talking about death and dying. It will finish promptly at 9.15am, so plenty of time for doing other things!

Dog Stone

Sunday 1 November, 12pm - 5pm

Public Spaces, Edinburgh City Centre (weather permitting):

The Grassmarket, 12.30pm
Chambers Street (Museum Side), 1.30pm
The Royal Mile (Fringe Shop area), 2.30pm
Omni Centre (Outside, next to the giraffes), 3.45pm

St James' Centre, 4.30pm

Saturday 7 November, 10.30am

Dance Base, Grassmarket, Edinburgh (running at various intervals throughout the day before children's dance classes)


Dog Stone is an interactive storytelling adventure that explores how imagination is often used as a coping mechanism. It follows the real story of four year old Heather who leaves her memories of her Daddy and Dundee when she moves to Edinburgh to live with her Granny and Grandad. With no children to play with Heather creates her own friend in the form of a stone she finds in Grandad's garden. She ties a piece of string around his neck, walks him around the garden telling him her stories. He is her Dog Stone. Her best friend. But one day Dog Stone disappears too...

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