the Bealtaine Festival is the national festival celebrating creativity in older age and Ireland’s largest collaborative Arts festival. Running from through out the month of May and co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity, the festival collaborates with local, regional and national organisations to produce inspiring and innovative opportunities for older people to engage and participate in a whole range of arts events and experiences.
Now in its 16th year, Bealtaine is an agenda-setting cultural first. Bealtaine 2010 saw over 2,500 events with an estimated 101,000 participants, making it one of Ireland’s biggest Arts festivals. And while there’s currently nothing quite like Bealtaine anywhere else in the world, other countries are following their lead and creating festivals based on our model of celebration and participation.
Events will be held throughout Kilkenny during the month of May, with the majority of proceedings being held in the city and county libraries.
Events for all tastes are available; from the showing of classic Maureen O’Hara films (The Quiet Man and Against All Flags) to public talks with well-known authors such as Kevin Barry, John Connolly, and Alex Barclay to singing workshops with singer Martin O’Reilly, to holistic art and Facebook workshops all across the county. Crafts days, afternoon teas, and free tours of Kilkenny Castle are also featuring in the age-friendly festival lineup.
More information and booking info can be found at local libraries (Kilkenny City, Graignamanagh, Castlecomer, Callan, and Thomastown)