In Irish or Gaelic, the month of May is known as Mí Bhealtaine or Bealtaine. The Bealtaine Festival is an Irish national festival that runs from 1st May to 31st May and celebrates creativity in older age and is co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity and includes events organised by hundreds of partner organisations. For further details please read on…
Now in its 15th year Bealtaine continues to grow and this year will see more events and organisers than ever before with hundreds of events taking place across the country, this year’s programme is sure to have something to suit all tastes.
In 2009 The Bealtaine Festival witnessed over 57,000 people take part in over 2,000 Bealtaine events all across Ireland. With concerts, dancing, singing, art classes, plays, tours, lectures and literary events, The Bealtaine Festival is a wonderful celebration offering people a chance to socialise, be entertained, connect with people of all ages, and most importantly to express yourself.
The programme of events for Bealtaine 2010 is now available. In this article we take a closer look at just a selection of events taking place.
All over Ireland, Active Retirement Associations are joining with choirs from the Association of Irish Choirs to create a Dawn Chorus. This year’s events will take place on Sunday the 30th of May in many counties across Ireland. To find out how you can be part of this special occasion and welcome the dawn, contact the Bealtaine Office in Age & Opportunity on 01 805 7709 or the Association of Irish Choirs on 061 234 823 or Active Retirement Ireland on 01 873 3836.
CoisCéim Dance Theatre
‘Dance Arias’ will feature dance classes in 7 centres across Dublin in conjunction with Dublin City Council Arts, Sports & Leisure and Community Development. There will also be free public performances in the Mansion House. For further details telephone: Ms. Philippa Donnellan: 01 878 0558.
There will be workshops in various art forms including exhibitions, free concerts, song-writing projects, theatre, film screenings, drawing and much more. For further details please telephone: Ms. Ann Marie Lyons: 01 222 7305.
Bealtaine is one of the world’s leading festivals that celebrates creativity in older age across the island of Ireland. For further details on this year’s events taking place check out the Bealtaine Festival programme of events.
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