Bealtaine Festival celebrating arts and creativity coming to Temple Bar in May

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The Bealtaine Festival celebrating arts and creativity is coming to Temple Bar in May.

The festival is an exciting new leg of the Bealtaine calendar with a series of arts and cultural events running across Temple Bar’s cultural quarter from May 3 to May 7.

With a collaboration of free and ticketed events, the focus is on family-friendly offerings that continue to promote the unshakeable creative contribution that older generations contribute to Ireland’s arts scene.

Street Dance battle

On May 3, 4 and 5, a special Bealtaine Commission in partnership with the Dublin Dance Festival introduces ‘A Life of Play’ by Emma O’Kane, the established dancer and choreographer.

For this event, grandchildren are encouraged to bring their grandparents for a creative dance and play project at the Project Arts Centre.

But don’t worry, this is all about fun and participation so no dance experience necessary.

As well as this there are street performances, art exhibitions, jazz events, walking tours, talks, movies and workshops. Check out www.bealtaine.ie for schedule details.

Dr Tara Byrne, Director of the Bealtaine Festival said stepping up the event to include a focus on Temple Bar’s rich source of cultural venues added a new dimension to celebrating the contribution of older generations and created greater access for older cultural visitors to Temple Bar.

Dr Byrne said: "Bealtaine Festival is Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity as we age, and now we mark another debut, the inaugural Bealtaine @ Temple Bar.

"Our mission is to create a memorable and fun-filled five-day festival that is specifically geared towards older people and their families in Dublin’s Temple Bar.

"There are no limitations or expectations of people, we simply want to deliver family focused events that will kickstart your summer in a positive and meaningful manner.

"We are very grateful to our partners in Temple Bar’s cultural events, the Temple Bar Company and to Dublin City Council for their support in helping us make this event happen."

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