Celebrate age through creativity

mAY is set to be a busy month for older people with Laois County Council hosting a big variety of events for Bealtaine Festival 2012.

mAY is set to be a busy month for older people with Laois County Council hosting a big variety of events for Bealtaine Festival 2012.

Bealtaine is the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. Over 55,000 people all over the country will take part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and more.

2012 is European year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations so the organisers want to bring young and old participants/organisers together this year to help explore the festival theme ‘What kind of old do you want to be’?

Laois County Council Arts Office Poster Competition on the theme of “What kind of Old do I Want to Be?” is open to primary and post primary students, ages 4 to 8 years, 9 to 12 years and 13 years plus. Entries on A4 size paper only, to be submitted to the Arts Office, Áras an Chontae by Friday, April 27 at 5pm.

Prize giving will take place on Friday, May 4 in the Arthouse, Stradbally and selected work will be exhibited at the Arthouse and in the Portlaoise Credit Union during May.

Tour, Talk and Craft Workshop - The Arthouse and Library, Stradbally will be open for tours and artists will give a talk about the work they do and give you a chance to create art in a relaxing a creative atmosphere. This workshop will be free of charge - May 8, 15 and 22 from 11am -1pm.

There will be a Mosaic workshop with Susan Boland at The Arthouse on Thursday, May 10 from 11am-1pm. Price per person: €5.

To book for any of Stradbally events contact Cara Byrne, Arts Co-ordinator and Art Administrator 057 86 41740 or e-mail cbyrne@laoiscoco.ie

An exhibition of photography by a mixed age group of 12 hobby photographers tutored by professional artist Alf Harvey at the METAC Centre in Mountrath, runs at Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, from Thursday, May 17 to Friday, June 15 from Monday- Friday 9pm to 5pm.

Portarlington Active Retirement Association – Happy Hearts Club will hold an exhibition and sale of arts and crafts made by members on Thursday, May 24 from 2pm–4pm in the Community centre, Link Rd, Contact person: Ann Knight 057 8643727.

An intergenerational storytelling workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 1 with young members of Stradbally Youth Theatre and members of the Stradbally guild of the ICA.

Carnation Theatre will perform a theatre show entitled “Circus Comes to Town” for residents and out patients in St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick on Tuesday, May 8 at 3pm and in Abbeyleix Hospital and Day Care Centre at 1.30pm. Each show is a two hander interactive play where storytelling, shared memory, songs, poetry and jokes are woven into a plot. Contact 057 8674342.

The Laois ICA Choir under the direction of Nuala Kelly, will treat the residents and out-patients of St. Vincent’s Hospital and Day Care Centre, Mountmellick to a concert of musical memories on Tuesday, May 15 at 11am and they will give a second concert in Abbeyleix District Hospital and Day Care Centre on Wednesday, May 16 at 1.30pm Contact 057 8674342.

The South East Arts Network in association with the Arts Office will host a poetry workshop with Patrick Carton on Wednesday, May 16 at 3pm in Flemings lounge, Ballylinan. Contact: southeastlaoisartsnetwork@gmail.com or tel: 087 6729953.

Get together with music, dancing and refreshments in St Canice’s Hall, Borris-in-Ossory, 1 Mountain View, Borris-in-Ossory, Contact: Tel: Sr Regina Delaney (086) 361 5701 Saturday, May, 19 2-5pm.

The 50+ Active Retirement Association in Portlaoise have organised dance lessons with tutor Maureen Culleton in the Viennese Waltz. Workshops will also take place with students from Emo NS, in May and this group both groups will join together for a final formal performance on Wednesday, May 30. Contact: 057 8621571.

Portlaoise Library hosts a Feltmaking Workshop, free of charge but booking essential, date to be confirmed. Phone 057 8622333. The Carnation Theatre Company Company will perform “Circus” at the library on Thursday, May 17, 11am. Free of charge but booking essential. Phone 057 8622333.

As part of the International Edible Book Festival, Mountmellick library hosts an edible book competition. For inspiration check out www.books2eat.com Contact Mountmellick Library for more details of the competition

Active Retirement coffee morning and documentary screening of ‘Mitchell & Kenyon in Ireland’ at Mountmellick Library. The films give vivid record of Ireland at the start of the 20th century. Thursday, May 10 from 10.30am – 12.30.

Dunamaise Arts Centre events are headlined by Gay Byrne on May 17. The Love Hungry Farmer adapted and performed by Des Keogh from Letters of a Love-Hungry Farmer by John B Keane takes place on Saturday, May 19. The Elevenses Film Club features My House in Umbria starring Maggie Smith on Tuesday, May 15. Contact: 057 8663355

There will be a free demonstration of outdoor gym equipment and “Fittlesticks” (Nordic Walking programme) on Wednesday, May 2 at the Stradbally Outdoor Gym from 11am-1pm.

A similar event takes place on Wednesday, May 9 at the outdoor gym beside the Portlaoise Leisure Centre, 11am–1pm while there will also be a chance for Moutmellick residents to learn how to use their equipment on Wednesday, May 23.

There will be a fun social day to participate in indoor activities and games on Wednesday, May 16 at St Mary’s Sports Hall, Portlaoise, 10am–2pm. Places to be reserved for the active retirement/older adults groups - Contact LSP office at 057 8671248

Supported by the Laois Credit Union the Arts Office acknowledge the support of the Arts Council, Laois County Development Board, The Library Section, Laois Sports Partnership, and the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

For more information on Bealtaine events contact Tel: 057 8674342/43 Email: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie