What is the Annual Bealtaine Gathering?
The Bealtaine Gathering is an annual event bringing together our local and national festival partners for a day of networking, inspiration, discussion and feedback on the Bealtaine festival.
How does it work?
We bring together a panel of artists and participants to share their experience of the festival, and we invite all organisers around the country as well as those interested in becoming involved in the future. The aim of the event is to provide support and resources for all those interested in joining our annual celebration of arts and creativity as we age.
We believe that, whether you are 8 or 80 years old, we all should have access and opportunities to attend and participate in the arts and to realise our creative potential. Fresh thinking, bold experimentation and creativity are all fundamental to delivering a high quality of life for older people.
Research shows that arts programmes involving music, visual arts and drama, among other activities, have a profound influence on the quality of life of older people, with positive impacts on health, psychological well-being, confidence and autonomy as well as other benefits such as:
- mental wellbeing
- reduced stress
- improved cognition
- sense of identity and personhood
- increased self-esteem and confidence
- reduced boredom.