April Ezine
Bealtaine comes to you, listings for creative activities, events and more…Dear Bealtaine Friends,
We hope you are safe and well.

We want to reach out to you during this difficult period with news that while the festival as we know it will not go ahead this year, we still want to honour the creative spirit of Bealtaine this May. As such, we have been working on a selection of events, that have been especially adapted for you to access from your home.  We will be announcing these in the coming weeks, but for now we’d like to invite you to get involved through our book clubs and photography club.

If you are a regular Bealtaine organiser have you thought about running any online events? If you are, there are plenty of tips and supports available online here.

We are also launching a regular ezine featuring a curated list of creative activities to do at home, listings of online events and tips for creative activity leaders. We’re looking for inspiring, thoughtful, engaging and entertaining content to share across both areas (events and professional resources) and invite you to send us information which you think might be of particular interest to our audience. 

Finally, for anyone who may need more information on how to access key services in this time, please read the Age & Opportunity statement including helpline numbers here.Best wishes,
The Arts Programme Team, Age & Opportunity Bealtaine @ Home
Selected Bealtaine online events this MayHome is where the Bealtaine is…

Whether you live alone, with family, or in the wider family of a care setting, we hope you’ll join with us, the collective Bealtaine family, this May to mark Bealtaine @ Home. We will be launching this mini series of events on our website, social media and in our ezine soon – we hope you’ll find something to inspire, entertain and get involved with from our home to yours, over the month.

Get involved!

Bealtaine Book Clubs – This year the Bealtaine Book Club author is Michael Harding and his book Staring at Lakes is the Bealtaine Book. We’re looking for an existing book club to read and then come together publicly (online) to chat about the book, ahead of a public interview with Michael on May 28th, (with Evelyn O Rourke chairing). Get in touch if you would like to be part of this!

The Bealtaine Book club is adding another strand, a thematic fortnightly book club moderated by author, Mia Gallagher. Share what you’re reading at home and discuss anything book related with a new online community. Every two weeks, Mia will share a recommended reading list including a book by a writer who she will interview live. We hope this will be a great opportunity to discover great books and connect with a new community, all from the comfort of your home.

Bealtaine Photography Club – have you ever wanted to learn a little about photography and meet some like minded people and maybe even try some simple techniques? Our virtual photography club will be running this May led by photographer Brian Cooney. Book Club – Register Your InterestPhotography Club – Register Your Interest People Making
Creativity at HomeCreative activities in your own home..

Whether it’s entering writing competitionslearning to sing or simply the meditative act of colouring a beautiful image, there is so much creativity for you to access online, which we will be curating for you on a regular basis.

We also know that not everyone can access the virtual world and so many of the arts and crafts activities can be printed out. If you know someone who would appreciate it, why not print some off to leave at their door step?

Irish Museum of Modern Art – #IMMAInsideOut Collective Project
IMMA has invited the public on social media to share their art and lives online in a collective effort to combat social isolation and boredom using the hashtag #IMMAInsideOut. You can add your own images online using the hashtag or see what’s been submitted already here.Click for full listPeople Attending
Online event listingsCatch a performance online…

So many institutions, venues and performance companies are now offering their work online, be it from their archive of past performances such as the Irish National Opera or new work created specifically to respond to the strange times we’re living through with the Fight Back Festival run by the New Theatre. Our fellow festivals too are finding ways to bring you work, such as the Cúirt Literature Festival’s online programme.

Scroll down our full listings page to find many more ways to watch. 

The Abbey Theatre presents Dear Ireland

‘Dear Ireland’ is a series of 50 monologues commissioned by the Abbey Theatre to be self-taped by actors in isolation and streamed on the Abbey’s YouTube channel from April 28thClick for full listCreativity Leaders
Tips & Tricks Are you working as a creative professional and would like to learn or share with your peers? We will be featuring tips, tricks and insights from those working in this field as part of our regular ezine.

The Arts for Health Podcast

A series of four entertaining and investigative episodes, each tackling an issue relating to Arts for Health work and featuring the key players who make up the programme; artists, healthcare professionals, participants, manager and partners.

Listen back to all four podcasts here.
  Bealtaine Archive
Home – a filmpoemIn a time when we are collectively alone in our homes, we thought it timely to revisit this 2018 Bealtaine commission, that puts Home in the centre of our worlds..

In the first Bealtaine commission of its kind, Home was a collaborative project by poet Enda Wyley & visual artist Anita Groener working with Dún Laoghaire Active Retirement Group.Employing immersive imagery interwoven with text, this film poem interprets tales of home and belonging rooted in the conversations and generous sharing from the community collaborators.Home is a Bealtaine Festival commission supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.Click for more Bealtaine videosSend us your listings!
To be featured in the next ezine…We are adding to our list of resources for online arts and creativity activities and events all the time. We want to reflect the rich selection of offerings that may help to brighten our shared world. If your event has a particular relevance for older people, we of course want to hear from you too. To be included in this, simply send us the following information:Name and short description of activity or event Image (if available) Date and time (if applicable) Link to the relevant webpageIt would also be helpful to know who this event is aimed at: people who want to do arts activities themselves at home, those who want to ‘attend’ online events or creative professionals. Be sure to send us the listing at least two weeks in advance if it is a time sensitive event.Submit Your Listing

Enviado por José Antonio Sierra