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Bealtaine is the national festival which celebrates ‘creativity in older age’.

 

Mayo County Council Bealtaine 2011

Celebrating creativity in older age

It’s that time of year again!  Mayo County Council Arts Office is almost ready to embark on a month long programme of activity for Bealtaine 2011. This is the sixteenth year of Bealtaine, the national festival which celebrates creativity in older age – co-ordinated nationally by Age and Opportunity. Bealtaine aims to involve older people in the arts, through expression and active participation. It also encourages older people to engage as an experienced audience for all art forms.  All details of the programme are listed in the Bealtaine brochure which will shortly be available from the Arts Office.  Please contact us at 094-9024444 Ext 7558 or mayoarts@mayococo.ie if you would like more information or a brochure. 

This year’s extensive programme features Mayo County Council Arts Office working with a number of Active Retirement Associations throughout Mayo as well as some of the community nursing units throughout the county.  The main features of this years programme are:

 

Fruitcake – drama featuring Mary McEvoy

Starring one of Ireland’s most recognisable and best loved actors, Mary McEvoy, Fruitcake starts off as a cookery demonstration but is in fact an account of one woman’s life and how each ingredient reminds her of past memories and decisions made which ultimately changed the course of her life.  Funny and poignant, this play has something for everyone. Fruitcake, by Alice Barry was commissioned by Meath County Council Arts Office and first performed as part of the Meath Bealtaine Festival 2010.  Fruitcake will tour as part of the 2011 Bealtaine festival to 11 counties and 25 venues.  There will be an afternoon show in Ballina Arts Centre on May 11th at 3pm.  Admission is free but booking is essential - please contact Ballina Arts Centre on 096-73593 to book. 

 

New Ground project at Feile na Tuaithe

In partnership, Mayo County Council Arts Office, Mayo Artsquad, local artists and The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, will continue the work of New Ground (2008/2009/2010) in a site-specific project as part of Feile na Tuaithe in May. The art works created on site will directly reference the museum’s collection.  The theme for this year’s art works will be Memory Echoes, which looks the relationship between people and place. In particular, the strong sense of home /belonging which links those who have emigrated with their place of origin.

 

Blossoms in May – Creative Workshops Day

This year we are expanding our Bealtaine Launch Event to include a day of creative workshops.  This will provide people with the opportunity to do a workshop and to also meet up with members of other active retirement groups – during the workshop and also over a light lunch.  Cllr. Michael Burke, Cathaoirleach Mayo County Council will join participants for lunch on the day and music will be provided by musicians from Mayo Artsquad.    There will also be an exhibition of work created by participants of Hearth as part of the Blossoms in May event.  This will take up place at Lough Lannagh on May 19th.  There will be six workshops on the day – Visual Art, Percussion and Creative Writing in the morning, and Singing, Photography and storytelling in the afternoon.  Workshop places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and booking through the Arts Office is essential – application forms are available on www.mayococo.ie or by calling 094-9047558 or emailing mayoarts@mayococo.ie . 

 

The Green Bough

Mayo County Council Arts Office and Library Service are currently inviting submissions from people who wish to be considered for inclusion in a possible Bealtaine publication, ‘The Green Bough’ a showcase for work created by older people from the county.   The publication will reflect work of artistic quality, created by older people living in Mayo. Submissions can include: poems, photographs, short stories, prints, or drawings.  This may be an on-line publication.  Application forms are available on www.mayococo.ie or by calling 094-9047558 or emailing mayoarts@mayococo.ie . Closing date for receipt of applications is May 31st 2011.  

 

Public Art Talks with composer Ian Wilson

As part of his LANDMARK Residency Composer Ian Wilson will be visiting ARA groups to talk about his residency project in Mayo and his work own work as a composer.  The groups that will be treated to a very interesting insight into the work of a composer are Kilmaine ARA, Claremorris ARA and Mayo Abbey ARA.  Ian’s work in Mayo will be comprised of a 12 month residency involving a variety of community groups, culminating in an original composition and its performance throughout the county. This is part of a larger programme of public arts projects. 

 

Communal Weaving Project

Artist Merovee Guerin will be working with older people at St. Coleman’s Care Centre in Achill to create a communal weaving.  Residents and visitors alike will be welcome to contribute to this project.  The loom will remain at the centre from May 3rd until May 25th and Merovee will be on hand on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to offer instruction.  No experience required and all materials will be provided.   Merovee is an experienced artist and facilitator and has created work for Féile na Tuithe and Westport Arts Festival as well as many other community based weaving projects. 

 

Music in Care Settings

As part of the Bealtaine programme this year a unique mix of musicians from Mayo Artsquad will be visiting a number of care settings in the county bring music and song to the residents and visitors of the Sacred Heart Home and Ard Bríde in Castlebar, Áras Deirbhile in Belmullet and St Brendan’s in Mulranny

 

Arts venues throughout the county as well as Mayo County Council Library Service will also have a variety of  events on offer during Bealtaine ranging from talks to workshops to films and much more.

 

All details of the programme are listed in the Bealtaine brochure which is available from the Arts Office.  Please contact us at 094-9024444 Ext 7558 | 7471 or mayoarts@mayococo.ie if you would like more information or a brochure. 

 

 

BALLINA ARTS CENTRE

Ballina Civic Offices, Arran Place, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

T: 096 73593

E: ballinaartscentre@gmail.net

W: www.ballinaartscentre.com

 

Bealtaine Workshops

Memory Matters: Visual Art workshops with Noel Hanley

Monday 23rd & 30th May, 10.30am-12.30pm

A workshop exploring the idea of objects and memory, how treasured or everyday objects often reverberate with memory, triggering strong emotional connections within a person. Participants will be asked to bring along an object or personal memento. They will use this as a starting point on which to base a piece of visual art. Guidance and technique advice will be given by an experienced artist and facilitator, Noel Hanley.

Adm: Free. Booking essential.

 

Bealtaine Films:

Julie & Julia (Dir: Richard Laxton, UK, 2007)

Friday 13th May, 2pm

In 1949, Julia Child (Meryl Streep) is in Paris, the wife of a diplomat, wondering how to spend her days. She tries hat-making, bridge and then cooking lessons at Cordon Bleu. There she discovers her passion. She begins writing a cookbook for American housewives called ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’.

In 2002, Julie Powell (Amy Adams) is a young writer with an unpleasant job in New York. To do something she enjoys, she decides to cook every recipe in ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’, blogging the process on the internet.

We go back and forth between these stories of two women learning to cook and finding success. The plot highlights similarities in the challenges encountered by both of them. The last scene shows Powell with her husband visiting Child's kitchen at the Smithsonian Institution and Child in the same kitchen receiving a first print of her cookbook and celebrating the event with her husband. Adm: Free

 

Barry Lyndon (Dir: Stanley Kubrick, UK/Ireland, 1977)

Wednesday 18th May, 2pm

Stanley Kubrick’s film – based on the 1844 novel 'The Luck of Barry Lyndon' by  William Makepeace Thackeray – features Ryan O'Neal as the 18th Century Irish adventurer Barry Lyndon.

Following a duel with a nobleman, Barry escapes his home village and flees to Dublin, but is robbed on the road. Without any other alternative, he joins the British Army to fight in the Seven Years War. This begins a series of adventures which will see Barry courting high society and risking his life along the way. Adm: Free

 

Bealtaine Gallery Tour:

Hughie O’Donoghue: North Mayo Retrospect – Selected Works from Irish Public & Private Collections 1990-2010

As part of this year’s Bealtaine programme, Sean Walsh (Director, Ballina Arts Centre) will give a free guided tour of this landmark exhibition. The exhibition features a number of works by Hughie O’Donoghue, which explore his own North Mayo heritage (his mother hailed from Glencullen in Erris). Adm: Free. Numbers limited – Booking essential.

 

Bealtaine Theatre:

Fruitcake

Wednesday 11th May, 3pm.

Starring Mary McEvoy, Fruitcake starts off as a cookery demonstration but is in fact an account of one woman’s life and how each ingredient reminds her of past memories and decisions made which ultimately changed the course of her life. Even though some lessons came late, she now lives a fruitful, productive life because of this. Funny and poignant, this play has something for everyone.

Fruitcake by Alice Barry was commissioned by Meath County Council Arts Office and first performed as part of the Meath Bealtaine Festival 2010.

Part of a Bealtaine 2011 tour organised by Mayo County Council Arts Office.

Adm: Free. Booking advised.

 

 

LINENHALL ARTS CENTRE

Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo.

T: 094 9023733

E: linenhall@anu.ie

W: www.thelinenhall.com

 

BEALTAINE: LUNCHTIME SHORT FILMS

Monday 16th May @ 1.10pm

Six Irish Shorts

Running time: 45mins

Here’s a compilation of six of the best recent Irish short films for a light lunchtime treat:

Deep End Dance: Director Conor Horgan’s mother and son dance film, above and under water, choreographed by David Bolger.Ray: Director Ferdia MacAnna’s documentary style drama showing things aren’t always what they appear to be! Stone Age: Shane Hogan and Tom Burke’s film of stone sculptor Brendan Crowe as he shares his thoughts on craft, work and happiness on the eve of his retirement.

Sweet Spot: Director James Kelly and choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir’s dance film, part of Triptik, a series of dance works involving Macushla Dance Club.Teeth: Directors Ruairí O’ Brien and John Kennedy offer a short ‘last laugh’ tale of two old friends, their teeth and a series of events that leaves them lost for words.Undressing My Mother: Ken Wardrop (His & Hers) directs a poignant documentary that explores a woman's unique take on her overweight and aging body.

Why not do something different for lunch?

Presented as part of the Linenhall Arts Centre’s Bealtaine programme of events celebrating creativity in older age. Screening sponsored by Seven Seas Active 55.

The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.

 

BEALTAINE: FILM MATINEE

Monday 16th May @ 2.30pm

Julie and Julia

USA  2009  123mins

Two true stories are interwoven to create a light and fragrant comedy drama. Based in 1940s post-war Paris with her diplomat husband, American Julia Child completed Le Cordon Bleu and subsequently wrote the seminal Mastering the Art of French Cooking, a book that opened up French cuisine to the American public. In 2002, New Yorker Julie Powell undertook to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s culinary tome over the course of a year, a project she also chronicled in a blog that became the bestseller Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. Add a top cast of Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Amy Adams and Chris Messina, season with deft direction by Nora Ephron, and you have a dish guaranteed to delight. Cert 12A

Presented as part of the Linenhall Arts Centre’s Bealtaine programme of events celebrating creativity in older age. Screening sponsored by Seven Seas Active 55.

The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this screening possible.

Adm: Free

 

LOCAL ARTS: VARIETY CONCERT

Wednesday 25th May @ 8.00pm

Active Retired Group Variety Concert

Castlebar Active Retired Group will stage their very own concert with music, songs, dancing, poems and storytelling at the Linenhall Arts Centre. The concert, for all ages, is part of Bealtaine, the national festival celebrating creativity in older age. So prepare to be entertained by some of Castlebar’s youngest at heart!

Part of the Linenhall Arts Centre’s Bealtaine programme of events. The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.

Adm.: FREE

Please note: A complimentary tea and coffee reception will take place from 7.30pm prior to the concert.

(Castlebar Active Retired Group was established in 2000. The members meet once a week, on Wednesdays between 3.00pm and 4.30pm at the Welcome Inn on New Antrim Street in Castlebar. Newcomers are always welcome.)


Selected Programmes:

I Could Read the Sky

www.icouldreadthesky.com – April 2013

Bealtaine 2013

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2013

 

Manchán Magan

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2013 – June 2013

 

Culture Night 2013

Countywide programme of cultural events – 20th September 2013

Facebook: Mayo Culture Night

  More Mayo County Council and Local Government Websites