Welcome to the Bealtaine festival - Ireland's national celebration of creativity as we age. During May, all over the country Bealtaine events are running in arts centres, theatres, libraries, galleries, community centres, local halls, care setting, cultural spaces and even out in the open air! This year, we are celebrating Bealtaine Festival's 21st birthday. On our 21st birthday and 100 years after Ireland's spiritual birth, we feel it is time to celebrate the very first citizens of the Irish State. This focus is to encourage us to once more reflect on who and where we are as a maturing nation and populace.  



Vladimir Jablokov presents One Night in Vienna, Glór Arts Centre

Saturday 7th May, 8pm €25/€23/€15. Having wowed audiences across the nation with the stunning 'Two Brothers' show, Vladimir Jablokov is delighted to announce the return of his warmly received classical show 'One Night In Vienna'. Join him as he plays some of the most beautiful classical melodies from the Romantic era of the Strauss Family. ‘One Night In Vienna’ is a show devoted to the evergreen classical touchstones and will highlight the more traditional side of Vladimir’s musical spectrum. Expect to hear The Blue Danube, The Voices of Spring, the Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, the Radetzky March, the Merry Widow Waltz, Beer Barrel Polka and many more favorites. ‘One Night In Vienna’ also features an ensemble of his hand picked musicians including some of his family members.

Music and Readings, Wexford Arts Centre

Thursday 12th May 2016 – Wexford Arts Centre, €12 (Full Price) 10 (Concession). Presenting an inspired and inspiring three-way collaboration, featuring singer-songwriter Paul Creane (leader of the Changing Band, and star of Paul O’Brien’s new film Staid), writer Peter Murphy, (author of John the Revelator and Shall We Gather at the River, and a member of the Revelator Orchestra), and solo artist Paula Cox, (formerly singer with The Bush, the Tree and Me, and guest collaborator with Colm Mac Con Iomaire and the Frames). Expect songs, stories and soundscapes. Sometimes all at once. 



A Public Discussion by Bealtaine Artists in Residence, Wexford Arts Centre,

Friday 13th May, 2pm Bealtaine invites sculptor Tina O'Connell, painter Brian Bourke and artist Sarah Tynan to take part in a public discussion at the Wexford Arts Centre to discuss their experience as part of the 2-week artists' residence at the Cow house Studios.

2 Generations – 2 Writers, The Ark, Dublin

Saturday 14th May, The Ark, Eustace St., Dublin 2. 

Sarah Webb and Marita Conlon McKenna met in the 1990s when Sarah was running the children’s book section in Waterstone’s Bookshop. They quickly became friends and Marita greatly encouraged Sarah to stop thinking about writing and just do it. In a unique event presented by Bealtaine – two bestselling writers a generation apart will discuss writing for children and writing for grownups, supporting each other and other writers and being friends! This event is free of charge. To book, call 01 670 7788 or go to ark.ie


Andrew Pike exhibition at Damer House Gallery, Tipperary

Saturday 14th May – Saturday 4th June. As part of Bealtaine’s KCAT partnership, KCAT Studio artist Andrew Pike will show his latest works at Damer House in Tipperary during May. Damer House Gallery is a new artist-run space in Roscrea, whose co-directors are Thierry Rudin and Patricia Hurl, core BEALTAINE collaborators over the years. Damer House Gallery is supported by OPW.




Anna Spearman Residency at the KCAT, Kilkenny

Monday 16th May – Friday 27th May. Artist Anna Spearman will embark on an Engagement residency at the KCAT (Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent) Studio in Callan Co. Kilkenny. This residency will involve the artist working alongside the 13 KCAT Studio artists, as part of KCAT’s Engagement project which promotes meaningful relationships between pairings of mainstream artists and those in KCAT. Engagement is a process driven project aiming to match individual Studio artists with fellow professionals working in Ireland to develop creatively equal collaborative partnerships.


This Is Not My Beautiful House - Seminar, Dublin

Friday 20th May, The Lab Studios, Foley Street, Dublin 1, 9.30 am – 5.00pm (lunch is included). Age & Opportunity is working to create a society where we have more choices than compromises as we age. This Is Not My Beautiful House is a seminar which will consider how creativity, creatively charged communities and the arts can contribute to better ways of living as we get older.  The seminar will specifically address the need to radically rethink traditional notions of ‘community’ and agency in shaping residential and community design that enhances human dignity and growth.  


PRIME: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Mature Actors

Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th May, Irish Theatre Institute (Prime will also consist of 3 further one day sessions in June, July and September.)

Irish Theatre Institute in association with Age & Opportunity/Bealtaine present PRIME

‘Prime … has created a whole new perspective, on both a career and personal level, all for the better. I fully recommend being part of the Prime project’ – PRIME 2015 participating actor


Sustaining Your Practice: Artists’ Professional Development Talks, Dublin

Thursday, 26th May, 10.30am – 3pm, The Lab Studios, Foley St, Dublin, €7 which also covers the cost of lunch.

In partnership with Visual Artists Ireland, ‘Sustaining Your Practice’ consists of a number of practical talks designed to address key welfare and financial issues for mature practitioners.