Bealtaine Festival – 1st to 31st May 2014


As April is just about to pass, it’s time for the Bealtaine Festival, a festival that aims to ‘Celebrate creativity as we age’! It’s a wide ranging festival with all sorts on around the country, so one for you to explore. There are some interesting events such as CoisCéim, Small Plastic Wars among many others.

You can find all the details here.

Some of the high lights are below…

Bealtaine 2014 is delighted to be hosting two conversations in association with the Dublin Writers Festival. Life is for Living on 20 May will celebrate 25 years of Age & Opportunity with an exploration of how Ireland has changed during those years. Chaired by Catriona Crowe this special event will bring together leading artists such as musician Paddy Moloney, actor Eamon Morrissey and travel writer Mary Russell, to explore the different ways in which they interpret the recent past and what it might mean for the future. The second Bealtaine conversation is Philipp Meyer in conversation with Philip Schultz on 25 May, a fascinating intergenerational pairing of two leading American writers whose work engages in very different ways with American history.

Bealtaine Theatre Tour will bring 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival favourite, Small Plastic Wars to venues across the country. This play, about one man’s comic attempt to hide from the recession by building plastic models, got rave reviews when it premiered last year. Also, Carnation Theatre will be presenting their production Fuss on the Bus to audiences in care homes, day care centres, hospitals and community venues.

Dance has been a potent part of Bealtaine for many years. This year Age &
Opportunity is delighted to work with the Dublin Dance Festival to introduce Dublin audiences to work from the Act Your Age festival in Belgium. Act Your Age aims to overturn and add to our existing ideas about ageing and older age, taking dance as its starting point. The two pieces are Please Be Gentle and Stay With
Me from Cypriot choreographer Alexis Vassiliou, with performances at Project Arts Centre 23-25 May. CoisCéim are also sharing the dance love this Bealtaine with Love Song and Dance comprising of classes and a performance around passion, romance and heartbreak, which will be shown in the Irish Museum of Modern Art on 1 June.

From the visual arts world, Catch the He(art) a traveling residency, will invite four artists, Patricia Hurl, Mary Kelly, James King and Therry Rudin, to come together to explore their motivation to continue making work in later life. These artists will be presenting their current working practices at events in Kilkenny, Wicklow and Galway during Bealtaine. Wandering Methods, a slow craft project centred this year on Dublin Castle, will see older people explore heritage, both personal and national, through craft.

This year’s Bealtaine Film Tour will bring two films – Quartet and High Society – to Irish audiences nationally. The Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, will be launched at the IFI on 7 May.


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