Put Bealtaine at the Linenhall Arts Centre in your Diary!

May belongs to the Bealtaine festival, celebrating creativity as we age! Over 120,000 people now take part in Bealtaine nationwide. Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists, as well as giving a chance for the novice to discover a talent until then unseen.

Here at the Linenhall Arts Centre we have a feast of music, song, dance, theatre, film and visual art in store for Bealtaine. We kick off on Tuesday 5th May with a free matinee screening of The Hundred-Foot Journey, a charming, funny and uplifting film, brimming with mouth-watering Indian and French culinary delicacies. We advise you have your lunch before attending!

Throughout the month we have a range of fantastic music performances. Tickets for over 65s are going for a song, and at a mere €10, it's the perfect opportunity to try out something new, or come back to something familiar. First up is Harmonia, a choir originally set up by the Retired Teacher's Association of Mayo. They're followed by two performances all the way from America; old-time stringband music with The Foghorn Stringband who'll be with us on Wednesday May 13th, and blues and folk with the legendary Chris Smither  on Monday 18th May. Acclaimed Irish traditional musicians Cáitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance) and Ciarán O Maonaigh (fiddle) will complete our Bealtaine music offerings on Thursday 28th May with some lively tunes and exquisite dancing.

For theatre lovers, the Abbey Theatre present Maeve's House, which is on a national tour as part of the Bealtaine Festival. This delightful one man show is written by and stars Eamon Morrissey, one of Ireland’s best loved actors. It takes place on Tuesday 26th May at 8.00pm. A beautiful poignant story, directed by Gerard Stembridge, this show was described by the Sunday Independent as "Something that comes close to pure magic".

To close the Bealtaine Festival at the Linenhall Arts Centre, we will open The Art Room, an exhibition of art work created by residents from three care centres in Co. Mayo as part of the Art Room arts programme facilitated by artist Tom Meskell. The exhibition will be officially opened on Friday 29th May at 3.00pm and all are welcome.

So there you have it. Mark your diaries for a packed month celebrating creativity as we age at the Linenhall Arts Centre.  You'll find full details of the events here and on the What's On page of this website.

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