This year is the 21st anniversary of the Bealtaine festival, with loads of events, performed by and for the enjoyment of older people throughout Ireland, ranging from Music to Theatre to Visual Arts and so much more. The Bealtaine Festival is a truly unique event which focuses on the celebration of creativity as we age and is an initiative of Age & Opportunity. Over 120,000 people now take part in Bealtaine on an annual basis. From dance to cinema, painting to theatre, Bealtaine provides a spotlight for the talents and creativity of both novice and professional older artists.
Each year Bealtaine has an underlying theme tying it together, For 2016, the theme of the festival is ‘Iconic Citizens’, this continues Bealtaine’s running three-year exploration of Nationhood and Citizenship, with last year’s theme having been ‘What land and country is this?’. 2016 specifically reflects on the first generations of people inhabiting the new Irish State. Some of the expected highlights of the festival include, a special event at the Ark Cultural Centre for Children, which aims to bring together grandparents and their grandchildren.
Also Visual artist Deirdre O’Mahony is planning to work with a community in North Clare, she will use film to explore their lives, thoughts and feelings on life. She hope to uncover the values and behaviours that the community considers paramount and keeps them connected as a community. Finally there will be a number of discussion groups on issues affecting older people in our society.
The majority of this year’s events take place in north Co. Clare, so for those looking to find somewhere to stay, Maldron Hotel Galway is ideally located 10km outside the city in the picturesque village of Oranmore. In between events, take time for yourself and unwind in our peaceful, relaxed atmosphere just a short drive from the city, where the festivals venues are dotted about. All our guests can avail of free parking, free Wi-Fi and free use of our leisure center including 20m indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and a fully equipped gym.