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Bealtaine Mega Gathering

 One week to go

Pouring a cup of creativi-TEA

Artist in Residence Programme to provide access to the arts for older people in care settings

Call out for Bealtaine Festival Flagship Choir

Is your choir the Bealtaine Festival Choir 2019? - (Deadline extended to 31st January 2019)

Bealtaine Festival Interns 2019

Age & Opportunity is offering two internships as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2019

Touring Support Available - Bealtaine 2019

Are you looking for an opportunity to participate in the Bealtaine festival? Our open call out for tours of all artforms could be your chance to join us in celebrating the arts and culture as we age.

Festival Blog by Patrizia Perugini

I wish there were a Festival like Bealtaine in the city where I live

Bealtaine @ Temple Bar

Bealtaine @ Temple Bar is an exciting new leg of the Bealtaine calendar with a series of arts and cultural events running across Temple Bar’s cultural quarter from the 3rd to the 7th of May.

Tender for Evaluation Consultant for Age & Opportunity's Bealtaine Festival

We are looking for a researcher/writer/thinker/evaluator to identify and explore the impact and influences of the Bealtaine festival to its funders, participants, partners and other stakeholders in Ireland.

Call Out for Participants: Everybody Sings

Everybody Sings is a new theatre project by artist Shaun Dunne examining the relationship between intimacy and ageing. The project is commissioned by Age & Opportunity as part of the nationwide 2018 Bealtaine Festival and will be produced by Brokentalkers Theatre Company.

Bealtaine Nationwide Gatherings

Bealtaine depends on the thousands of events run by our partner organisations, arts offices and libraries around the country and we very much hope you might be free and interested to come to one of our Bealtaine Gathering meetings this Autumn and if you can, help us spread the word!

Be Our Guest

From 2018 through to 2020, in response to ongoing, international, globally transformative events, Bealtaine will adopt the theme of hospitality, hosting, welcome and generosity, as a broad and multi-layered festival theme

Joanna Hopkins awarded the inaugural Bealtaine Artist's Residency in a care setting

The Bealtaine Festival, celebrating the arts and creativity as we age, has awarded visual artist Joanna Hopkins the inaugural Bealtaine Artist’s Residency in a care setting. Bealtaine, working with AzureCreative Exchanges and in association with the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), have developed this artist’s residency within a care setting that specialises in caring for older people with dementia.


Throughout the month of May, the annual celebration returns for its 22nd year with events hosted nationwide to promote activity in the arts and creativity as we age.