Tipperary Bealtaine Festival - a call to shine brightly this May

Over one hundred arts events will take place in County Tipperary during the month of May to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival.

Over one hundred arts events will take place in County Tipperary during the month of May to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival.

Bealtaine is a National Arts Festival run throughout May each year in association with Age and Opportunity - all over the country older persons groups and individuals are actively involved in arts events, workshops and activities.

The seventh Tipperary Bealtaine Festival was launched at The Source in Thurles on May 1st by Garda Chris Verling, Chairperson of Successful Ageing Thurles who encouraged active participation in the festival as part of positive ageing initiatives in Tipperary and quoted from the late Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Beacons at Bealtaine’ encouraging us to “make new meanings flare” and take the opportunity this May to take part in the arts.

Cllr Ger Darcy (Mayor of North Tipperary County Council) and representatives from Day Care Centres & Active Retirement Groups from around the county including many of the artists featured in the Bealtaine exhibition came out to support the launch of an action packed programme of arts activity for the 2014 Tipperary Bealtaine Festival.

The Bealtaine exhibition, ‘Celebrating Art in Nature’, featuring over sixty artworks by artists from the region was also launched during the event.

Roscrea-based artist Mary Dillon thanked all of the artists for their generosity in sharing their talents and experiences with us in presenting such a wonderfully inspiring and uplifting exhibition.

The arts services of North and South Tipperary County Council’s and Tipperary Libraries have co-ordinated a county-wide festival with highlights ranging from: a ‘Discover Classical Music Programme’ in Cashel to Photography Workshops and the Bealtaine Film ‘Quartet’ in Nenagh and Masterclasses with Artist and Chair of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists Mary Dillon in Thurles and Clonmel; there is something for all interests in this year’s programme.

The organisers hope that by the end of the festival people might have had a chance to discover new skills and talents in the arts or have enjoyed an event with friends.

The programmes are available from your local library or by contacting any of the numbers or websites below.

Contact - North Tipperary Arts Office on 067 44852, artsoffice@tipperarycoco.ie or see www.tipperarynorth.ie/arts.

South Tipperary Arts Office - 052 613 4565, artsoffice@tipperarycoco.ie or see www.southtippcoco.ie.

Tipperary Library Headquarters - 0504 21555, eobrien@tipperarylibraries.ie or see www.tipperarylibraries.ie.