The word Bealtaine is still used in the Irish language and translates as the month of May. The name is said to derive from Old Irish, meaning "bright fire." Bealtaine festival takes place in May every year and is a celebration of the arts and creativity as we age.
Bealtaine Festival features performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists working in different art forms all over Ireland. Bealtaine Festival engages people to foster and inspire creativity among older people and to promote the skills, experiences and exposure that can lead to a rich creative life.
This year all activities in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown will be online and ‘Bealtaine at Home’ features a variety of great free activities, including story telling; drama; arts and crafts workshops; gardening and cookery demonstrations; Dance Theatre Ireland dance well at home; chair yoga; flower arranging; Beginners Zoom computer lessons; workshops on accessing the digital services that dlr libraries offer as well as creative writing; Ciorcal Comhrá Gaeilge and much, much more!
‘Bealtaine at Home’ is organised by dlr Libraries, dlr Arts Office and the Age Friendly Office with the co-operation of the PPN, Dublin South FM and Southside Partnership.
You can find all information on the programme and how to register for events here.