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Bealtaine Festival to celebrate creativity as we age

Full Beataine logo with taglineNext month sees the Bealtaine Festival take place with a variety of events around Clare.

A national arts event, it celebrates creativity as we age, and is now in it’s 20th year. Over 120,000 people will take part, with over 3,500 events happening all over Ireland during the month.

Events include art exhibitions, movie screenings, theatre, traditional music concerts, variety shows, a poetry reading, gospel singing workshop and storytelling.

In Clare, right throughout the month of May, arts centres, libraries, care settings and community groups will run events that will celebrate creativity as we age.

This year the highlight of the Bealtaine Festival will celebrate the creativity of one of the great traditional musicians associated with the concertina, and nine times senior All-Ireland concertina champion, Chris Droney from Bellharbour, through dance, performance and image.  Commissioned by Clare Arts Office in association with Age and Opportunity, artist Maria Kerin and actress Eleanor Feely will work with Chris and older people in North Clare culminating in a performance in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon on May 1st, 2015.

Bealtaine is an Age & Opportunity initiative part-funded by the Arts Council and delivered by a variety of organizations around the country and the county.

Details of events throughout County Clare can be found at or contact Imelda at Clare Arts Office 065 6899091.



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