The Bealtaine Festival in Tipperary 2011

The Bealtaine Festival is the national festival celebrating creativity in older age and Ireland’s largest collaborative Arts festival. Running from 1-31 May and co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity, the festival collaborates with local, regional and national organisations to produce inspiring and innovative opportunities for older people to engage and participate in a whole range of arts events and experiences.

During the month of May The Ink Exhibition will visit Tipperary. The exhibition features photographs of older peoples tattoo’s. The exhibition will take place at South Tipperary Arts Centre from 16th April until Tuesday 10th May. In addition, there will be a workshop on Wednesday 4th May where photographer Aidan Kelly will take pictures of peoples tattoo’s on Thursday 19th May.  The exhibition will also visit Nenagh Heritage Centre from Friday 13th May until 3rd June.

Cloughjordan Cineclub will host a screening of Julie and Julia, starring Meryl Streep on Wednesday 4th May. This food-focused film by Nora Ephron is part of the Bealtaine film tour, and is presented courtesy of access>CINEMA and the Irish Film Institute. Shorts will also be screened on Saturday 7th May and the 1951 classic Show Boat on Wednesday 25th May. Screenings of Julie and Julia will also take place at Fethard Youth Centre on Wednesday 4th May, Tipperary Excel Arts on Wednesday 11th May and in South Tipperary Arts Centre, County Museum Clonmel on Wednesday 18th May.

Carrick on Suir Day Care Centre will host The Plate Project Exhibition, during the exhibition participants identify significant personal images and transfer them onto ceramic plates. This exhibition takes place on Monday 2nd May.

For more information contact: Eileen O’Dowd

051 640 085

Tipperary will also host a production of the play Fruitcake, starring Mary McEvoy, originally commissioned by Meath County Council Arts office for Bealtaine 2010. The play will be performed in different locations in the county. Tipperary Excel Arts will host the play on Tuesday 17th May, Cashel Day Care Centre Tuesday 17th May, Nenagh Heritage Centre Wednesday 18th May and St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall on Wednesday18th May.

Care Centre’s from around Tipperary will host many events during the festival. Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit will be launching their book ‘Wisdom and Age’, the book is a compilation of fifty stories from members of the unit.

For more information on the launch contact: Ann Keevey 050 521 572

For more information on events happening at Nenagh Heritage Centre contact: TEL 067 34 900

These are just some of the activities amongst a wealth of chances to celebrate creativity & ageing! For further details about what is happening in Tipperary and surrounding counties see and click on what’s nearest you.

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