Exciting Bealtaine festival programme announced for Tipperary

Organisers of Bealtaine are delighted to announce the line-up for May 2013, which will see hundreds of theatrical, cinematic, craft, photographic, choral, dance and other events taking place across Ireland, giving people a chance to celebrate creativity as we age, inviting them to “Grow Happy!” – the theme of this year’s festival.

Organisers of Bealtaine are delighted to announce the line-up for May 2013, which will see hundreds of theatrical, cinematic, craft, photographic, choral, dance and other events taking place across Ireland, giving people a chance to celebrate creativity as we age, inviting them to “Grow Happy!” – the theme of this year’s festival.

Here are details of some of the events taking place in Tipperary.

Award-winning actor and writer Mikel Murfi is bringing his show The Man in The Woman’s Shoes to Tipperary during the festival. Last year Mikel met with older people across Sligo to gather stories for this show. He saw a pattern emerge of ‘characters’ that inhabit Sligo villages - and probably every village in Ireland. The show follows Pat Farnon as he walks from his cottage to town and back again and the marvels that he meets along the way. It’s a charming encounter - an ageing man still with a boundless enthusiasm for life. Hilariously funny and tender by turns, the story Mikel wrote asks us to find the common humanity in our fellow man and woman and to show kindness at every opportunity. It also asks us to consider that romantic love is not the preserve of the young. The show will be on at The Source Arts Centre at Tel: 050 490204 Web: www.thesourceartscentre.ie on Thursday 16th May. The Source Arts Centre will also be host to a performance of ‘Silent’, written and performed by Pat Kinevane, and presented by Fishable, on 2nd May.

The Tipperary Excel Heritage Centre will screen Break a Leg, a film by Peter Sheridan, which is free and open to the public, on Friday 24th May. Drama performance ‘The Sand Park’ by Seamus O’Rourke will also be on at Excel, on 11th May. For details contact Mary Sarsfield on 062 80520.

Greenhill Nursing home in Carrick on Suir will host a variety of cultural and creative events including song, music, dance and baking cakes, to coincide with visits by local school children. These are free events, open to the public. For more information contact Anne Fraher or Sarah Maddock on 051 642700.

Tipperary Bealtaine Festival is a collaboration between the North and South Tipperary Arts Offices and libraries. This partnership will offer a wide variety of events through the Arts and Library Services during Bealtaine. One such event will be an exhibition entitled ‘The Way Home’, consisting of works drawn from The Crawford Gallery Collection. This exhibition will be on display 6th April - 11th May in the Source Arts Centre, Thurles, and in the County Museum, Clonmel from 17th May – 24th August.