Celebrating creativity as we age

AN EXCITING mix of theatrical, cinematic, craft, photographic, choral, dance and other events will take place during the month of May as part of the Bealtaine festival.

AN EXCITING mix of theatrical, cinematic, craft, photographic, choral, dance and other events will take place during the month of May as part of the Bealtaine festival.

The Butler Gallery has organised a great line up of events. Azure @ The Butler Gallery invites people with dementia and their families to a tailored event to explore the current Bridget O’Gorman exhibition with a trained facilitator.

In a separate event, Bridget O’Gorman will be giving a tour, talk and having tea, in conjunction with this exhibition. Also at the Gallery, Barnstorm Theatre are asking people to “Have Your Say!” by collaborating with the company to form a

critics group. As part of National Drawing Day, ‘Once Upon a Time, a Long, Long Time Ago’ will be an opportunity to create a fairy tale with a difference at the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle. For details on all these events please contact

Bairbre Ann Harkin on 056 776 1106.

St Columba’s Hospital are also offering a programme of activities for Bealtaine, all of which are free and open to the public – including weekly intergenerational skill exchanges, organised by Mary Hickey . For more information call 056 775 4819. In addition there will be a ‘Celebrating Creativity workshop’ including a musical production, and Bealtaine

tea dance, an Arts and Crafts exhibition and a quiz – for details contact Sheila Cooke on 056 775 4825.

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 26 in the Dawn Chorus event. In Kilkenny In

Caelo Choir are organising the Inistioge Dawn Chorus. For details contact Peter Nolan on pnol@eircom.net.

Libraries through the county and the Arts Office also have extensive Bealtaine programmes – to find out more contact your local library or Arts office. Kilkenny County Library hosts ‘A Rambling House’, a night of traditional music,

dance and song. For further details contact CastleComer Library on Tel: 056 444 0561. ‘Hurl!’ is a play presented by Carnation Theatre at Ferrybank Library. The play is about an over 60’s five-a-side county hurling team. It promises to be entertaining this event is free of charge and for people of the older generation. The event is being held in the library on May 14 at 3pm. For further information contact Tel: 051 897 200.

There are a number of other events taking place at Ferrybank library in May including a course in watercolours and mindfulness and meditation. For those interested in creative writing the ‘Write for Release’ group meets at 10am every Tuesday and the ‘Cordyline Poetry Group’ meets every second Tuesday at 3.30pm. All are welcome. To book your place call in to the library, tel 051–897200 or email Ferrybank@kilkennylibrary.ie

For more general information on events happening around the city and county see www.bealtaine.com