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 in cultural and creative life and to demonstrate and celebrate how our creative potential can improve with age.

We also aim 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.

Bealtaine Festival is looking to hear from artists from all artforms who wish to work with/have their work platformed in the festival over the next number of years. Whether you have work that is already made and are looking for the best place to present it, or the germ of a compelling new show that needs a Bealtaine audience, we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking for work that is unexpected, challenging or a new take on a well-known subject matter. We’re especially eager to hear from artists 50+ and artists from underrepresented communities.

We will be reviewing pitches in June, where an online session to meet with the festival curation team will be held (date TBC).

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