2013 Bealtaine Festival


Sligo Arts Service and HSE West Programme of Events

Bealtaine Festival Sligo Programme 2013 (PDF) - 893 kbs


‘Annual Bealtaine Festival Art Exhibition’

Opening from Wednesday 1st May
Primary Care Unit, Markievicz House, Sligo

An exhibition of artworks celebrating the creativity of older people. The artwork was created by participants at Day Care Centres and members from Active Age Groups in Co. Sligo.


‘In The Moment’

Documentary Photographic Exhibition
By James Fraher
Opening from Wednesday 1st May
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street, Sligo

An exhibition of work by photographer James Fraher of moments captured during ‘The Poetry of Place’ Bealtaine Sligo music commission workshops.


‘Easkey Village’

Windows Exhibition
Wednesday 8th May, Easkey Village

An intergenerational shop windows art exhibition created by Easkey Health Centre participants and Easkey Colaiste Iascaigh students. A collection of poster images exploring the theme of community and the local environment.


‘Evening Session’

Tea Party
Wednesday 8th May, 6 pm – 8 pm
Rathcormac Hall, Drumcliffe, Sligo

The Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival links with Bealtaine Sligo to celebrate older musicians with a session of music, dance and song. Admission is free. All are welcome.


‘Jew’s Harp’

Intergenerational Music Performance
Sean Nós Festival weekend
Saturday 11th May, 7pm
Rathcormac Hall, Drumcliffe, Sligo

Intergenerational Jew’s Harp performance by 6th class students from Rathcormac National School and older people from the local community


‘Sligo Stories’

Storytelling Workshop
Sunday 12th May, 3pm
The History Cottage, Rathcormac, Drumcliffe, Sligo

Join in an afternoon of stories from Co. Sligo and beyond. All are welcome to share a story and add to the conversation led by writer Maura Gilligan.


‘Creative Flowers’

Tuesday 14th May 2pm - 5pm
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street, Sligo

Flower arranging workshop with the Flower and Garden Club. Admission is free. Booking is required 086 8424969


Bealtaine Sligo 2013 Feature

‘The Poetry of Place’

A performance by Steve Wickham
and guest musicians Anna Houston, Kieran Quinn and Cathal Roche.

Bealtaine Festival Sligo is delighted to introduce a new music performance ‘The Poetry of Place’ commissioned for 2013 by Sligo Arts Service and The Hawk’s Well Theatre with funding from Sligo Borough Council, Sligo County Council, HSE West and the Arts Council of Ireland.

‘Music, like poetry, can spring from a place of silence and stillness. The music for The Poetry of Place is a distillation, an essence, of the places and the people we visited during our workshops around the county of Sligo. Using melodies discovered by the older groups and poetry that evolved over our time together we have come up with a collection of musical and spoken word pieces that reflect on this idea of the poetry of place’.

'The Poetry of Place' is a new composition by Steve Wickham for a four piece ensemble of Piano, Wind and Strings.
A number of events are being hosted by The Model, Sligo and other groups and venues throughout the County.

For further information see www.themodel.ie, www.sligoarts.ie and www.bealtaine.com


Performance Dates and Venues

  • Nazareth House Care Village, 15th May, 2pm performance
  • Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo, 16th May, 7.30pm performance
  • Coleman Traditional Irish Music Centre, Gurteen, 22nd May, 2pm performance

Tickets are FREE to all performances. Booking is required.
Contact the Hawk’s Well Theatre box office: 071 916 1518


A number of events are being hosted by The Model, Sligo and other groups and venues throughout the County.
For further information see www.themodel.ie, www.sligoarts.ie and www.bealtaine.com


For further information contact
071 911 1111


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