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.
How can I get involved?
The next Bealtaine Gathering will take place on Wednesday 20th November 2019 at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2. We especially hope that local Bealtaine organisers, groups and artists can come along, as well as those who work in libraries, arts offices or venues and are involved in running a Bealtaine programme. If you work in a care setting and are interested in organising Bealtaine events, please do join us too!
We’ll have inspirational speakers, be showcasing some great projects and giving tips and advice on running events arising from your feedback. We are delighted to annouce that David Slater of Entelechy Arts and the Age Against the Machine Festival is our keynote speaker The full schedule of speakers will be announced later in October.
In order to bring you a stimulating and inspiring event, with lunch and refreshments provided on site as part of your ticket, this year we are introducing a cover charge of €15 or €7 for concession tickets for unfunded organisations, artists, students and people 50 and over (who are not affiliated with an organisation).
Book your place on Eventbrite here: Bealtaine Gathering 2019
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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.