Bealtaine @ Temple Bar

Bealtaine @ Temple Bar

The month of May is all about the Bealtaine Festival, an annual event that celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. But this year, there is a very special aspect to the festival that sees a new spin-off event in Dublin’s 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. With a collaboration of free and ticketed events, the focus is on family-friendly offerings that continue to promote the unshakeable innovation that older generations contribute to Ireland’s arts.

The festival is run in partnership with Temple Bar’s cultural venues and Dublin City Council and includes myriad events that range from new outdoor film and photographic screenings, indoor and outdoor workshops, live music, pop up operas, choral singing and much more.


Dr Tara Byrne, Director of the Bealtaine Festival said stepping up the event to include a focus on Temple Bar’s rich source of cultural outlets added a new dimension to the long-established promotion of artistry in older generations.

“Bealtaine Festival is Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity as we age, and now we mark another debut, the inaugural Bealtaine @ Temple Bar,” she said.

On the 3rd, 4th and 5th of May, a special Bealtaine Commission in partnership with the Dublin Dance Festival introduces ‘A Life of Play’ by Emma O’Kane, the established dancer and choreographer. For this event, we encourage grandchildren to bring their grandparents for a creative dance and play project at the Project Arts Centre. But don’t worry, this is all about fun and participation so no dance experience necessary.  For more info and booking visit Dubln Dance Festival.

Special Outdoor Project Events will be held in Meeting House Square and include an extravagant catwalk down memory lane in ‘Ageless Style – The Way We Wore’, an exploration of women’s style from the 1840s to the present day. This specially curated projected is curated by Hannah Ingle, the Gallery of Photography, and Dr Orla Fitzpatrick, a photo historian, with insights into changing social conventions, restrictions of dress and the politics of fashion reflected in archival photographs from Ireland and abroad.

Old favourites from the Bealtaine Festival including the Dawn Chorus will have an additional staging in Bealtaine @ Temple Bar at 6am on Grattan Bridge on the 6th of May, while an operatic extravaganza that raised the roof during Culture Night 2017 returns for a new commission ‘Pop Up Opera’ at the Contemporary Music Centre on May 4th.

There are street performances, pop-up choirs and operasart exhibitionsjazz eventswalking tourstalks, movies, irish language events and workshops

“Our mission is to create a memorable and fun-filled five-day festival that is specifically geared towards older people and their families in Dublin’s Temple Bar. There are no limitations or expectations of people, we simply want to deliver family focused events that will kickstart your summer in a positive and meaningful manner. We are very grateful to our partners in Temple Bar’s cultural events and to Dublin City Council for their support in helping us make this event happen.”

Check out our event listing for full details on all events or view our handy event guide with daily listings and venue maps.