We are almost into Week 3 of the festival and looks like the sun has joined us for #bealtaine2019. We still have lots of events planned across the country for the rest of May so make sure you don’t miss out!

Here are just some of the upcoming highlights as well as some pictures from our first week events.  To check out all events visit our website.

Hope to see you at a Bealtaine event this month, and as always share your pics with us and tag us!
VENUE: Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

DATE: 16th May

VENUE: Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, Co. Mayo

DATE: 18th May

VENUE: Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

DATE: 21st May

VENUE: Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon

DATE: 22nd May

TIME: All Shows 8pm

One month before his death, retired civil servant and man of few words Paddy O’Grady had a sudden urge to talk. Using a cassette tape recorder he recorded 15 hours of material: stories about leprechauns, aliens and lonely pharmacists; absurdist political satire; musings on life, love and death; radio shows with advertisements for products that never existed; and memories of life as a civil servant.

Paddy’s granddaughter, Emma O’Grady, later discovered he had written plays, poems and short stories in the 1950s and until now his work has been without an audience. This critically-acclaimed show for all ages is an attempt by someone from one generation to understand the previous one and it is especially for anyone who has held themselves back and not allowed their voice to be heard. It examines the fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them and what we could be instead.

A pre-show Touch Tour and Introductory Programme Notes (large print and audio) will be available for all performances.

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Join dance artist Joan Davis, traditional fiddle player Antóin Mac Gabhann, writer Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, composer and performer Ronan Guilfoyle, and visual artist Annabel Konig to discuss five significant and celebrated arts careers. Over the course of an afternoon, these inspirational artists will come together with Chair, RTÉ culture and arts producer Clíodhna Ní Anluain , to discuss the milestones, challenges and choices made by them as artists in Ireland.

Book your place for this free event by following the link below.
VENUE: DanceHouse, Foley Street

DATES: 16th May
TIME: 2.30pm
TICKETS: Free, register below via eventbrite

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Strength In Numbers

The BEE BANDITS bike gang

A participatory cycling performance led by artist James Ó hAodha will take place in the Docklands area on 17th May. This event is open to the public and led by a group of older people from across Dublin. Bring your bike, be bold, and enter the fold.

Join us at Grand Canal Square and witness the Bee Bandits descend on the city or bring your own bike and join the gang in cruising, loitering, and making your presence felt in this dynamic performance event. All ages and abilities are welcome.

VENUE: Grand Canal Square
DATE/TIME: Friday 17th May / 2pm
TICKET INFO: Event is free to attend, booking via eventbrite at the link below
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Bealtaine @ Temple Bar

An all-day family friendly event on 18th May

Join us for the second year of Bealtaine @ Temple Bar, an all-day family friendly event taking place across cultural venues in Temple Bar. 

Happening on Saturday 18th May we invite you to spend the day visiting the cultural sites, and enjoying the outdoor performances including our specially commissioned pop-up opera Xenia Part II.  Then at the end of your exploration join us for a cup of tea in Crampton Square at 4pm.
For more details and a listing of events and venues
The key was always in the door

A Film Poem
VENUE: The Gallery of Photography

DATES: 14th May
TIME: 3pm

The key was always in the door is a new film poem that has been commissioned for the Bealtaine Festival in partnership with The Glucksman, University College Cork. Artist Collette Nolan and poet Gerry Murphy have collaborated closely with members of the Ballyphehane/Tougher Community to produce a film and writings that question ideas around hospitality, home and the practice of “hosting” or being “hosted” – in the context of the community’s personal situations.
Email for more details
Hospitable Actions

Visual Arts Events Continue 
Hospitable Actions events continue this week in a number of leading visual art venues around the country.  Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the dynamic series of events including talks, workshops and exhibitions running throughout May.  There’s something for everyone.

This week the Disruptors Exhibition continues in the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, the exhibition will run until 30 June 2019.  

Bespoke tours of Doris Salcedo’s Acts of Mourning take place on15th and 19th May, in IMMA, Dublin.  

The Project Art Centre invites you to join Dr. Sarah Duncan, Lecturer Fine Art, NCAD for a unique one-off tour on 14 May.  The tour will respond to the outstanding work of artist Roee Rosen in his first ever solo exhibition in Ireland Exorcisms.   

For more visual arts events visit bealtaine.ie and filter by artform.
Best Wishes from the Arts & Culture / Bealtaine Festival Team
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Enviado por José Antonio Sierra