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Online Activities and Resources for Arts and Creativity

List of online opportunities across a range of activities – from watching opera to dance classes 

prime Platform 2019 - Participants Announced!

Irish Theatre Institute in partnership with Age & Opportunity announces prime Platform 2019

The Bealtaine Gathering 2019 - Now open for booking!

A day for Bealtaine organisers and supporters to be inspired, reflect and connect.

The Floor is Yours! - Booking now open through Dance Ireland

A networking day for dance artists working with older people

Age & Opportunity Visual Arts Residency at Cow House Studios, Wexford

Richard Gorman, Tamsin Snow and Eithne Jordan have been selected as the Age & Opportunity Visual Arts Residency artists.

Liminal States

An invitation to attend LIMINAL STATES from Alanna O'Kelly, Saturday 25th May, 7.30pm, St Patrick's Gateway Centre, Waterford City


Ageing Provocateur

An online conversation about creative ageing

Bealtaine @ Temple Bar - 18th May 2019!

Join us for an action packed day of creative and cultural events in Dublin's Temple Bar Quarter..

Sing Out Loud with Bealtaine & St. Patrick’s Festival 2019

Join us this St. Patrick's Weekend for pop up singing and fun!

Artist's Residency in a Care Setting

 Applications for Care Settings are now open!

Visual Arts Curator - Call Out

Tenders invited for Bealtaine 2020

Bealtaine Get Creative!

More details about our Bealtaine Get Creative Week running from 11th-19th May.

Bealtaine Festival Flagship Choir 2019 Announced

We are pleased to announce Aspiro Choir as the Bealtaine Festival Flagship Choir 2019

Bealtaine Residency Call Out

Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre in partnership with Age and Opportunity/BEALTAINE and Cork County Council invite submissions for a studio residency from an artist aged 50 and over to take place from 6 April to 4 May 2019.

Call out for Bealtaine Festival Volunteers

Join the 2019 Festival Team!

Bealtaine Festival announces Emma O'Grady as the recipient of 2019 Touring Award

Laois playwright and performer Emma O’Grady will bring her critically-acclaimed theatre show about her grandfather’s secret tape-recordings to 5 venues as part of Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival.

Call out for Participants in Cycling Project: Velo-City

Would you like to get involved in a cycling art project for Bealtaine 2019?

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.