Bealtaine is an annual festival which celebrates and promotes creativity in older age during the month of May and is one of the highlights of the Cultural Services calendar. The theme of this year’s festival is Altogether now! Collectivism, civic engagement and protest!
Bealtaine 2017 in County Donegal is part of a country wide celebration of creativity in older age. Age and Opportunity co-ordinate events nationally. Through Bealtaine, Cultural Services works to bring a wide range of cultural and art events to our older generation in venues throughout Donegal. During 2017, events will range from exhibitions, plays, storytelling, weaving, basket-making, and safety in the home, creative writing, computer classes, crochet, chair yoga, music and song. Local talent will include Fergus Cleary, Mary McGranaghan, Maura Logue, Sally McMenamin, Patsy Cavanagh and many more.
The 20th Annual Bealtaine Festival Launch will be held in The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, on May 2nd at 11.00am. The festival will be launched by Councillor Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council. Grainne Hines from Active Retirement will also speak at the event. Entertainment will be provided by Derry born jazz legend, Gay McIntyre, who plays both alto sax and clarinet. Gay will be accompanied by his long time friend John Trotter on trombone, violin, accordion and vocals.
The launch of the 20th Annual Bealtaine Festival is sponsored by the European Direct Information Centre Donegal and Gaeltacht, Central Library, Letterkenny. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to this free event.
For more information about this event and other Bealtaine events in libraries and Taobh Tíre centres, theatres, arts and community venues and in The Regional Cultural Centre, contact your local library where you can collect a programme or download one at www.donegallibrary.ie