Bealtaine Festival rejuvenates creativity in older age

OFFALY Bealtaine Festival, the month long festival in May, which celebrates creativity in older age was launched on Tuesday week last in Clara Library by County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Danny Owens.

OFFALY Bealtaine Festival, the month long festival in May, which celebrates creativity in older age was launched on Tuesday week last in Clara Library by County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Danny Owens.

Cllr Owens remarked, “We have a duty of care in our society to treasure and value our older citizens. You are the people, who have helped build and shape our community and its values and who have worked hard in harder times. Your contributions to life in Offaly today are by no means drawing to a close, this is your time, and this festival, through the arts, aims to rejuvenate creativity in older age.”

The Offaly programme is a collaboration of events organised by Offaly County Arts and Library Service, Active Retirement Groups and Birr Theatre and Arts Centre with support from Offaly Local Development Company.

The programme has much to offer older adults right across the county, in a variety of concerts, events, workshops and social get-togethers.

Some of the highlights include: A play by actress Mary McEvoy called Fruitcake, which will take place in Birr and Clara, Michael D. Higgins launching a fundraising exhibition for the Anam Beo Arts in Health programme and a book launch of remedies and recipes from Offaly.

This year Offaly’s Library service has a packed programme for Bealtaine and it’s not all about books, as there are films being shown in many libraries.

Birr Theatre and Arts Centre have a number of events aimed at an older audience, such as a play called Kings of the Kilburn High Road and a celebration of the iconic Delia Murphy.

There are also events organised by active retirement groups in Ferbane, Banagher, Geashill, Ballycumber, Mountbolus, Shannon-bridge and Edenderry so this has become very much a local and social festival, where everyone is encouraged to join in, meet new people and celebrate the wealth of creativity that emerges in older age. For a copy of the programme and further details contact your local library or the Arts Office on 057 93 57400.