Events are being held in Kilkenny during May to mark Bealtaine, celebrating creativity in older people.
Today (Wednesday), Kilkenny Library Service will host a Carnation Theatre performance of Circus! in Loughboy Library. This play explores what happens when a troupe of exotic travelling performers descend on a town, and audience members will play some of the parts of the play.
On May 16, an event called “Sole to Soul” at the Thomas Coogan Library in Castlecomer will invite participants to tell the stories of the shoes they are wearing or bring a special pair of shoes. The Castlecomer library will also offer a chance for Nattering Knitters and Chattering Children to meet over balls of wool, as the local knitting group pass on their skills to 5th-class pupils from Presentation Convent, Castlecomer.
The Butler Gallery will be home to a pilot project entitled “Azure “for people with dementia and their families. Inspired by the “Meet Me at MoMA” programme run by New York’s Museum of Modern Art, it will invite people with dementia and their family members to participate in a guided visit of highlights of the Butler Gallery art collection, in the comfortable surroundings of Butler House.
On May 17, the gallery will host an exploration of Fiona Larkin’s exhibition, followed by discussions with the artist over a cup of tea; and on May 19 there will be a drop-in workshop for grandparents and grandchildren entitled Silhouette at the Parade Tower. Also at the Parade Tower on May 23, there will be a screening and talk exploring the work of photographer Imogen Cunningham by artist and photographer Gypsy Ray. “Have Your Say,” a coffee morning for people curious to explore modern and contemporary art and theatre, will take place on May 24, when participants can find out about the gallery’s new critics group.
Gowran Abbey Nursing Home will present a play entitled What Kind of Old Do You Want To Be?, written and performed by residents in collaboration with transition-year students from Coláiste Pobail Osraí, on May 29.
And on the last weekend of May, the Association of Irish Choirs and Active Retirement Ireland are encouraging choirs throughout the country to sing in every county at dawn on May 27 in the Dawn Chorus event. In Kilkenny, the Thomastown and District ARA will be singing their Dawn Chorus in Jenkinstown Woods.