Annual Gathering

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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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Contact

For information or support, speak to our Arts team.
 01 853 5180
 bridget.deevey@ageandopportunity.ie

Arts Initiatives:

Bealtaine Festival

A month long festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists, and community groups, working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

Artist in Residence in a Care Setting

This opportunity creates access to the arts for older people in care settings as well as supporting artists working in care settings. Find out more here.

Visual Arts Residency

Our visual arts residencies encourage creative relationships between professional artists and artists with learning disabilities, and support professional artists as part of their ongoing practice. Find out more here.

Creative Exchanges

QQI Level 6 Training Course which trains participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here.

Cultural Companions

Creates local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Workshops & Classes

Workshops which offer older people the chance to engage with literature, dance, the visual arts and music. Find out more.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, and the people who care for them, can have a deeper involvement in cultural institutions and can participate in cultural activities. Find out more.

Annual Bealtaine Gathering

An event bringing together our local and national Bealtaine Festival partners for a day of networking, inspiration, discussion and feedback on the festival. Find out more.

Arts Initiatives:

Bealtaine Festival

A month long festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists, and community groups, working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

Artist in Residence in a Care Setting

This opportunity creates access to the arts for older people in care settings as well as supporting artists working in care settings. Find out more here.

Visual Arts Residency

Our visual arts residencies encourage creative relationships between professional artists and artists with learning disabilities, and support professional artists as part of their ongoing practice. Find out more here.

Creative Exchanges

QQI Level 6 Training Course which trains participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here

Cultural Companions

Creates local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Workshops & Classes

Workshops which offer older people the chance to engage with literature, dance, the visual arts and music. Find out more.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, and the people who care for them, can have a deeper involvement in cultural institutions and can participate in cultural activities. Find out more.

Annual Bealtaine Gathering

An event bringing together our local and national Bealtaine Festival partners for a day of networking, inspiration, discussion and feedback on the festival. Find out more here. Find out more.

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:

  • happiness
  • mental wellbeing
  • reduced stress
  • improved cognition
  • sense of identity and personhood
  • increased self-esteem and confidence
  • reduced boredom.

Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website

Our Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website