bealtaine festival

The Bealtaine Festival is Ireland’s largest collaborative Arts festival. It celebrates creativity as we age during the month of May every year. In association with Age & Opportunity, the festival presents a month long programme inviting older people to engage with arts and cultural activity and offers opportunities to reignite the flame of creativity and unlock hidden talents through theatre, the visual arts, music and literature. The Arts Services of North and South Tipperary County Council together with Tipperary Libraries have once again co-ordinated the Tipperary Bealtaine Festival, celebrating creativity as we age.

The launch of the 2013 Tipperary Bealtaine Festival takes place on Wednesday 1st May at 2.30pm in Brú Ború, Cashel. This is a free event and will feature a performance by The Swell Berries, followed by refreshments. Admission is free and bookings are currently by The Arts Office, North Tipperary County Council, telephone: 067 – 44860 to reserve your ticket! Active Retirement Groups and Care Centres should advise of numbers attending.

The Bealtaine Festival is described by Age and Opportunity as an invitation ‘to try something new, to explore something creative this Bealtaine in recognition of the life enhancing joys of constant learning and our capacity for creativity at all stages of our lives.’ The theme for this year’s festival is “Grow Happy” – a call to celebrate growth, spring and positivity for ourselves and our communities. In the spirit of this we are encouraging people to experience new art forms, and to try something new this May.

Over 95 events are planned in Tipperary this May. Highlights from this year’s festival include: The Way Home, an exhibition of works drawn from The Crawford Gallery, Cork which will take place in The Source Arts Centre, Thurles & The County Museum, Clonmel; The Wilder Wisdom of Auld Ones, a storytelling event based on stories of the cailleach from Irish legends and folklore; The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, a theatre event touring nationally  for Bealtaine at The Source Arts Centre, Thurles & Old Music Favourites with Paul Browne. We hope that by the end of the festival you might have had a chance to discover new skills and talents in the arts. Be sure to pick up a programme at your local library or from any of the below websites.

(PDF Logo 1,340 kbs) Bealtaine 2013 Programme

For further information, please contact:

North Tipperary Arts Office, 067-44860  ;

Emer O’Brien, Library Headquarters, 0504 21555, or

South Tipperary Arts Office, 052 34565, email sally.oleary@southtippcoco.ieor