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The following Age & Opportunity publications may be of interest to those who are interested in working creatively with older people.


I Love Museums but they Don’t Love Me – An Information Sheet on Arts, Ageing an Access
Arts & Creative Charter for Older People – the arts sector’s commitment to promoting key values and guiding principles in engaging with older people.
A Toolkit for Arts & Creativity in Care Settings – a practical guide to making the arts and creativity part of everyday life in a care setting.
Guidelines for working with Older People and the Arts – for people of all ages who organise arts and cultural
events that involve older people as organisers, artists, participants or audience.
Mind Your Language – an Age & Opportunity language guide for private and public conversations with and about older persons.
Well into Older Age – Research on the value of promoting participation of Older People.
Reports & evaluations:
Bealtaine Festival Evaluations 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2008

Research on Artist in Residence in a Care Setting Initiative, 2020

Creative Enquiry – Artist Residency & Older People Engagement Project, 2019



The following articles and essays were commissioned and produced by the Bealtaine Festival.

“Lust for Life” – Bealtaine Theme Essay 2024-2026 – by Liz McManus

Experience 2023 Reflection – by Noelle Brown, 2023

A Life Fully Lived – by Laurence McKeown, Creative Ageing Writing Award Recipient, 2023

Creaking – by Noelle Brown, Creative Ageing Writing Award Recipient, 2022

Experience 2022 Reflection – by Helen Meany, 2022

Reflections of a Theatre Maker – by Michelle Read, Creative Ageing Writing Award Recipient, 2021

We Have Each Other Still – by Theo Dorgan, 2021

Reading between the Lines – A reflective report on ‘Experience: An Introduction to Arts, Health and Older People’ by Mary Grehan, 2021

A Song for Older Life – by Ron Carey, 2017

She and I – by Claire Louise Bennett, 2017

Windbags – by Fergus Cronin, 2017


    • Principal Funders:
    • Link to HSE website
    • Link to Arts Council website
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    • Link to RTE website

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