There is an inspiring line up of speakers who will share their experiences over the past year, and how best to take these new experiences into planning for the future.

The keynote speaker, Ann Ingle, author of memoir ‘openhearted’, will be in conversation with her daughter, writer Róisín Ingle, talking about how the arts can give us valuable perspectives on life and help us stay connected.

The Age & Opportunity team are equally delighted to have theatre artist Michelle Read speak about her Creative Ageing essay commissioned by Age & Opportunity. Joining The Gathering to open and close the sessions are poet Colm Keegan and writer, performer, and comedian Anne Gildea.

There are a very limited number of 20 minute 1:1 clinics available with industry professionals on a range of topics on Thursday 10th February so people are being encouraged to sign up soon. They are free but only bookable if attending The Gathering. Please choose the relevant add on ticket when booking to express your interest. If there is strong demand a selection process may take place.

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Event registration for the Bealtaine Festival 2022 will open on Monday 7th February and attending The Gathering is a great way to kick start your event planning. The general public are encouraged to consider new and creative ways to organise events and register them on the Bealtaine Festival website. Visit the Bealtaine Festival website for tips and information on organising events and to register your event for May 2022