Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the leading national development organisation working to enable the best possible quality of life for us all as we age.

Age & Opportunity Arts provides opportunities for older people to be more creative more often, to create meaningful participation and representation for all older people incultural and creative life and to demonstrate and celebrate how our creative potential can improve with age.

The festival also aims to:

  • encourage more older people to participate in the arts and to increase the quality and opportunities of existing participants
  • support the careers of older professional artists and offer them more opportunities to develop and show work
  • support arts organisations who prioritise (or wish to prioritise) older people
  • provide opportunities for intergenerational exchange
  • generate debate and discourse around key cultural issues impacting on older people and other opportunities to influence national and international policy.

Age & Opportunity Arts comprises the Bealtaine Festival and our development and support programme (see

For information on events and activities, speak to your local scheme manager.


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