Age & Opportunity
Bealtaine Festival
Celebrating 25 years of creativity in 2020!
Image featuring Macushla Dance performance at ‘The Floor is Yours’ networking event in December.  Photo: Jonathan William Stokes
Dear Bealtaine Friends,

In this, the first ezine of 2020, we we are delighted to announce that registration for the 25th Bealtaine Festival is now open! Register by February 22nd to have your event listed in the printed programme*. We also have information about our brand new Bealtaine Hero award which is aimed at grass roots organisations who are pushing artistic boundaries in their community. We also have an announcement about the Bealtaine Book Clubauthor. For those who’d like to join the festival team, why not volunteer with us – see below on how to apply. Finally, we have released our Bealtaine 2019 evaluation, do take a look and see how we’re doing!

Best wishes,
The Arts Programme Team, Age & Opportunity

Registration is open!
Register now for the 25th Bealtaine Festival!

Have we mentioned we’re turning 25 this year? We’re so looking forward to celebrating with you in May and seeing what events you have planned for your community! Registration ensures your event is part of the festival and showcases the fantastic events happening nationwide.

Have your event included in the printed programme..

After the success of last year, we are delighted to confirm we will once again include a selection of events around the country in our printed programme. This is part of our strategy towards illustrating the excellent work that our network does locally.

Events will be listed by province with the name of the event, venue, date, time and contact details. If you’ve registered with us before, you will need your organiser number (if you can’t remember this just give us a call). If it’s your first time, then you will be issued a number when you go to our registration page and register your first event.

Theme – Hospitality – Be Our Guest!

This is the third and final year of our theme of hospitality, we hope it’s been a fruitful and inspiring theme for you. We are also excited to share with you our in house programme of events celebrating hospitality in all its forms.

*Events must be registered by February 22nd to be eligible for inclusion in the printed programme.  It may not be possible to include all events registered by this date in which case we reserve the right to present a selection of early registered events in each province in order to provide a nationwide spread of listings.  Events registered after this date will be featured on the Bealtaine website.  

Register Now
Bealtaine HERO
Apply now for our new grass roots award!
Bealtaine Hero:
Recognising a grass roots project of outstanding potential this May

In this, the 25th year of the festival, we hope Bealtaine 2020 will be the most diverse, most challenging, most fun one yet! We know that Bealtaine is primarily a festival of, by and for the people who make it happen on the ground – organising exhibitions and poetry readings and plays and choral performances and film screenings and art workshops and much much more and so in 2020 we’d like to recognise a grass roots organisation or individual who has an ambitious, creative and experimental invitation to their community this May, that celebrates the spirit of the festival.

This award will consist of a financial contribution towards the event and a featured page within the Bealtaine printed national programme. Click below for the full details.

Apply Now
Bealtaine Bookclub Author
Announcing – Michael Harding
Bealtaine Book Club:
Michael Harding – Staring at Lakes

We are delighted to announce Michael Harding as this year’s Bealtaine Book Club author with a look back to the first in his memoir series, Staring at Lakes. The book and author have been chosen by the City and County Library Association, keep an eye on your local library see what associated Bealtaine Book Club events will be taking place this May.

Michael will join us during the festival for an in conversation event about Staring at Lakes, his career and his most recent book Chest Pain. This event is presented in partnership with the Irish Writers Centre and the International Literature Festival Dublin.

Bealtaine Volunteers
Get involved!
Age & Opportunity is seeking volunteers to be part of the Bealtaine Festival Team 2020. Volunteering is a great way to experience a wide breath of events, meet new people, support the arts and have a great time doing it. The volunteers are a vital part of the festival and we hope you will join us!
Register Your Interest
Bealtaine Evaluation
Read about last year’s festival
Each year, we evaluate the festival with the help and support of organisers and audience members who give us valuable feedback on the work of the festival. We feel it’s very important to share these findings and so are delighted to present the evaluation for 2019.

If any organisation who participated in the evaluation would like feedback specific to them, please do get in touch with us.

Read the evaluation


Enviado por José Antonio Sierra