Bealtaine Festival 2021


‘Wet Paint’ Workshops with Christine O’Brien.

Wednesday 28th April for Six Weeks

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Waterford Council Arts office and Waterford Libraries are delighted to invite you to ‘The Wet Paint’ series of creative workshops with Christine O’Brien as part of the annual Bealtaine Festival.

Starting on April 28th they will take place over Zoom on Wednesday mornings from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
The six weekly sessions are designed to inspire novice and experienced participants to try something new.

Each participant will work at their own pace in a relaxing fun environment, exploring their creativity and developing their own unique style.

New skills are introduced each week using paint to create visual imagery – from evocative landscapes to dramatic abstract compositions.

Everyone will have an opportunity to take part in an online exhibition and, in time, exhibit the work publicly.

Once your free place is secured you will be sent a list of the materials needed. The classes are limited to 15 and supported by Waterford Council Arts office and Waterford Libraries.

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Christine O’Brien is an established arts practitioner based in Waterford. She is a founding member and co-curator of Group 20ten artist collective and the former Gallery 20ten.
An experienced educator, Christine facilitates creative workshops locally and abroad, including previous Bealtaine workshops and various arts programmes for schools funded by Waterford Council. She uses both traditional and contemporary art forms in a range of media. Natural and philosophical boundaries that link, divide, contain and reveal are recurring themes in her work.

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Art Class for All with Berna Lawton

Thursday 6th May for four weeks

11:00 AM – 12 NOON

Waterford Libraries invite you to join our Free fun Art class this Bealtaine festival.
Delivered over zoom, participants’ don’t need experience or materials just enthusiasm.

In the first class Berna will guide us with some basic skills using what we have in our home and for later classes materials will be posted to participants as the classes progress – limited to residents of Ireland.

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With thanks to Creative Ireland (Waterford)


Free writing workshop on zoom for Bealtaine – Celebrating Creativity as we age – Classes will run for 4 weeks starting Wednesday 5th May 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Waterford libraries invite you to a 4 week online writing course with renowned local creative writing tutor Tom Mullane. The Course is free and aimed at older people, participants’ should be available for all four dates

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Tom Mullane is a founder member of Waterford writers, a local group producing excellent writing.

He has conducted workshops over the last few years both locally and nationally.

His involvement with Bealtaine has led to the founding of Scribblers Writing Group that meet every two weeks in the Central library.

He has also facilitated Creative Writing as Therapy in his capacity as a counsellor in the Solas Cancer support Centre. He has delivered similar programmes in Dublin and Kildare for APCP, a counselling body, of which he is a member.

Reading other people’s letters: A workshop in transcription. Facilitated by Dr Úna Kealy

Thursday 13th May 2021

13:15 PM – 13:45 PM

This workshop will provide a short insight into what it means to read and transcribe literary correspondence working from handwritten documents in all their complexity and uniqueness. The workshop will ask participants to notice, evaluate, decrypt and transcribe letters sent by Teresa Deevy to her friend and fellow playwright Jim Cheasty. The workshop will be interactive and participants will require old fashioned technologies such as pencil and paper and will consider postage stamps, special cancellation marks and postmarks in nerdish fashion. The workshop is designed as 30 minutes of epistolary delights!.

Online – To book click Here

Part of the Irish Government’s Keep Well campaign which is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own wellbeing by adding a range of initiatives to support individual and community creativity in the arts, crafting, culture and heritage.

It will also run during our Bealtaine Festival.

Introduction to Memoir Writing Workshop with Waterford Libraries & Derek Flynn
Wednesday May 19th at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Author and Writing Tutor Derek Flynn of The Writing Coach & The Waxed Lemon literary journal will lead a 90 minute online workshop for anyone who wants to learn the basics of writing your own story, and some advice and exercises to begin your memoir.

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Join us on Thursday mornings in May from the comfort of your own home for, Beginners Chair Yoga, including breath work, mindful movement, meditations and relaxations.

First class on Thursday 6th May.

From 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Yoga tutor Claire O’ Sullivan has been practicing various styles of yoga for over 13 years, teaching the past 5 years. Throughout her practices & training she has found Yoga is for everybody. Working with many groups, toddlers, children, adults and aged. Yoga is a therapeutic practice and brings boundless benefits to all.

This is a free 4 week course and participants should be sure that they have adequate space to participate and the immediate area is free from obvious hazards.

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Join us on Monday mornings in May from the comfort of your own home for Sean Nós Dance Class

Sean Nós dance is an old Irish percussive dance. This four week class involves learning the components of the basic reel and jig rhythm and dancing them to music. The participants will learn about the different rhythms and styles of Irish traditional music and the origins of the Sean Nós dance. There will be an emphasis placed on using the dance for stress relief, exercise and general wellbeing.

This free class starts on Monday 10th May and runs for four weeks. From 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM.

Louise O’Connor is a fiddle player and Sean Nós dance instructor from Clare who has been playing and dancing since the age of 7. She also plays with the band Lasta and runs Celtic Dance Party, a highly inclusive céilí dance event with top class live music. Her background in psychology has highly influenced her emphasis on using dance for enhancing the wellbeing of participants.

Participants should be sure that they have adequate space to participate and the immediate area is free from obvious hazards

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