Put a spring in your step with Bealtaine!

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May 2014 has never been more exciting with Dublin City Council’s programme of events now available and celebrating this year’s Bealtaine Festival.

Bealtaine in Irish translates to the month of May and this exciting festival runs throughout the whole month. It represents spring time; a time of growth and renewal. Bealtaine Festival is an Age and Opportunity initiative encapsulating every aspect of the arts, from dance, music, film, theatre, drawing, history, poetry and much more. It invites us to participate, benefit and celebrate creativity as we age. Bealtaine is particularly aimed at men and women aged 50 and over and offers a wealth of rejuvenation and well-being for all who participate. This year’s festival theme is ‘And catch the heart off guard’ from the poem Postcript, taken from one of our literary treasures, the late Séamus Heaney.

Speaking of the festival, Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn said:  “Dublin City Council’s Bealtaine Festival programme is an invigorating programme with so much of the arts on offer, from the Bealtaine Film Tour of ‘Quartet’ and ‘High Society’ to the voices of the ‘St. Agnes’ Parents String Orchestra’ and much more.  This year’s festival theme ‘And catch the heart off guard’ from the late Séamus Heaney’s poem Postcript ties in beautifully with Bealtaine which catches the hearts of all involved. Don’t miss this electric festival”.

Ray Yeates, Dublin City Council’s Art’s Officer commented on the festival; “Bealtaine is gaining momentum year on year. Dublin City Council’s programme of events is testament to the hard work of the staff of Dublin City Council’s Arts Office, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Dublin City Public Libraries. All sections are working closely again this year with all the mentors, artists and of course all our participants without whom, Bealtaine would not be the success it is today.”

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin City Council’s Art Office and Dublin City Public libraries have produced an exciting programme of events for Bealtaine this year. Highlights include:

  • The Hugh Lane’s launch of Eva Rothschild’s Exhibition and much more, see: www.hughlane.ie  
  • An Evening With St. Agnes’ Parents String Orchestra and Guests
  • North West Art Exhibition – back by popular demand.
  • Small Plastic Wars – A theatre treat at the ‘New Theatre’, Temple Bar
  • Love Song and Dance, Performance dance classes across the City by CoisCéim not to be missed
  • National Drawing Day at Dublin City Council’s Arts Office: The Lab, Foley Street and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
  • Authors Mary Lawson and Niall Williams in Pearse St. Library as part of Dublin Writers Festival.

For Bealtaine Programme see: http://bit.ly/1mRfyDs

For further information contact: Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277 https://twitter.com/DubCityCouncil           www.facebook.com/DublinCityCouncil