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Welcome to Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival – Ireland’s national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age. Established in 1995, Bealtaine is Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age, having inspired a number of international festivals such as Luminate in Scotland, Gwanwyn in Wales and others. The Bealtaine Festival takes place each May. The ancient festival of Bealtaine or Beltane (held on May 1), marked the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice and heralded the start of Summer. The word Bealtaine is still used in the Irish language and translates as the month of May. The festival brings together people from all over Ireland to foster and inspire creativity among older people and to promote the skills, experiences and exposure that can lead to a rich creative life for all older people. Bealtaine is increasingly recognised as a major innovator in the area of the arts, creativity and older people globally and as a result is also about supporting the arts community to continue to work and to inspire and train other artists to engage in the area of creative ageing and intergenerational work. Website

Culture Date with Dublin 8 is a neighbourhood initiative which took place for the first time in 2017. The weekend saw a series of special events and activities taking place in the historical and cultural landmarks Richmond Barracks, Goldenbridge Cemetery, Kilmainham Gaol, the Irish National War Memorial Gardens, the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park and IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art. Each of these institutions will welcome you to explore the rich heritage, culture and stories that lie just beyond your doorstep. Highlights included speciality tours of Kilmainham Gaol, guided tours and family activities in IMMA, a new exhibition launch at Richmond Barracks and the re-opening of Goldenbridge Cemetery. Discover hidden stories and local treasures with guided tours throughout the weekend by Pat Liddy who will help bring this historical area to life. As part of this initiative, Culture Date with Dublin 8 partnered with local workplaces to offer free guided tours to their staff. All events are free to the public but some may require ticket booking to secure your place. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Website

Family Day 2018 Mark your diary for lots of free, family-friendly fun at the Family Day Festival on Saturday 19th May 2018! Come along and join us for the festivities in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7 from 1 to 5pm. Enjoy brilliant fun plus music, dance, games, arts and crafts, fun workshops and much more for all ages. All entertainment is free of charge. We hope to see you on the day but if you can’t make it along, why not hold your own Family Day celebration. Enjoy a picnic in the garden, park or at the beach, and organise some games, story-telling or art and crafts together with your family members and friends. Family Day is a day for all families to celebrate family diversity, and to spend time with those who love and support us.

Highlights of the collection and temporary exhibitions. Free

How do things work? Our science and technology event How? will return to Shanganagh Park on Sunday May 20th 2018 to try and answer the question. The event will be a fun and educational afternoon out for all the family with a range of science and technology attractions from the past, present and future. It will be a true festival for the curious featuring: TechCreate The Digital Design and Fabrication Workshop. In this workshop visitors will get a glimpse of how the modern world around them is designed using new and exciting technology. The Exploration Dome A Mobile Planetarium where spectators can explore science, astronomy, geology and geography in a fun and interactive way. WhizzKids There is a big effort to promote the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). WhizzKids will teach audiences all there is to know about the T in STEM! Junior Einsteins An innovative initiative that is passionate about bringing a love of science and learning to primary school aged children. Minecraft Minecraft workshops will take place all afternoon on a first come first served basis. The workshops are free to enter and are open to young people aged 12 and below. To take part […]

This year Irish Aid will be hosting their flagship Africa Day family event on Sunday, 27th May 2018, from 11am to 6pm, in the grounds of the Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. The family-friendly event is also FREE to attend. The event will see three stages of live music featuring well-known African and Irish musicians; children’s entertainment; traditional African drumming and dance workshops; African arts and crafts and much more.

Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. Held over a week in June of each year with bike themed events organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland. Cycling is fun. Did you know that – Anyone from 6 to 100 year olds can ride a bike; – Its a perfect chance to spend quality time with family; – Biking is a very flexible form of exercise. From free bike checks, fun cycles, lunchtime city rides, heritage cycles, electric bike races, school cycling events, bike festivals, road races and much more. There’s something for every age and ability. Join the fun at this year’s Bike Week. Where will your bike take you?

The Dublin City Council event will provide a jam packed day of exhilarating fun for all the family in North Bull Island, Clontarf on Sunday 10th June 2018. Last year’s Dublin Kite Festival attracted attendees from around the country, brandishing an array of kites ready to take to the skies and beautify the Dublin skyline with a jumble of colour. There was free entertainment all day long ensuring that attendees enjoyed a carefree Sunday afternoon reliving childhood memories of kite flying whilst having fun with friends and family. Whether attendees were brilliant kite fliers, or failing kite triers everyone got off the ground in the end as there were plenty of kiting experts ready to lend a hand. The day also boasted lively music, exciting games, kite making workshops and a kite flying competition! Site

A little introduction. Street Feast is Ireland’s annual day of street parties & community lunches. We invite you to host a party with your neighbours on Sunday 10th June. Register your feast on this website and we’ll send you out your free party pack to help you get started. This is the 9th year of Street Feast (last year over 130,000 people took part in over 1,280 Street Feasts). Support Street Feast is supported by the Local Authorities. Our partners this year are ChangeX.org, Scouting Ireland, Irish Mens Sheds Association, GIY Ireland & Volunteer Ireland. We have also received support from the Irish Countrywoman’s Association, An Post, Facebook and the Tidy Towns Association. A little bit about who’s behind Street Feast We started out as a team of volunteers, passionate about community. What better way to bring community together than through food? We teamed up to see the simple idea of Street Feast reach its full potential. Since then, we’ve learnt lots from experience. We now have a team of coordinators, advisors and volunteers who make Street Feast ‘happen’. We first started in 2010 – the idea was conceived over many conversations as we tried to figure out a way […]

From Playful Days (family programme) to Curious Nights (adult programme) we create, produce & curate unique, visual and interactive cultural experiences in Dublin that merge cutting-edge technology, design, arts and science in playful, immersive & curious ways. With over 45,000 attendees each year across 14 venues in Dublin City Centre, the festival is Ireland’s annual celebration at the intersection of art, science, technology and design and has quickly grown to be one of the most exciting and innovative festivals of it’s kind in Europe. The Festival of Curiosity takes a brand new, innovative & research-led approach to audience participation and engagement in science, arts, design & technology for all ages and has sold out every year since it’s inception. In 2013 the festival was set up with the support of Founding Partners Dublin City Council, The Matheson Foundation, The RDS and Science Foundation Ireland. The festival brings together the most innovative leaders & strategic partners (local, national and international) in Industry, Education, Culture, Government, Media and Philanthropy who believe in forging a brighter future for Ireland and creating a culture of curiosity. Together we believe we can ignite Dublin’s curious heart.

njoy Ireland’s Biggest Air Festival on Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th, 2018. The event, which is renowned as one of Europe’s best air displays, was recognised as ‘Best Festival / Event Experience (large)’ at the prestigious, national Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2017. 140,000 people attended the two-day flying extravaganza in Co Wicklow last year.Visitors will be treated to gravity-defying manoeuvres, flyovers and aerobatic performances that will leave you speechless. We promise you it’s going to be an incredible show! While you wait for the activities to start in the skies over Bray there’s some great events/activities on the ground from 12 noon. They include a static display, food, craft & business village, helicopter pleasure flights, a fun fair and live music. Why not take a stroll along the magnificent Victorian prom, checking out the spectacular views from Bray Head or the Cliff Walk & visit Bray’s vibrant town centre where there is an excellent choice of places to shop, stay, dine and socialise. Bray is packed full of incredible experiences that you can’t get anywhere else. The event is FREE with ground activities to start at 12 noon. Our first round of acts for the 2018 festival will […]

Immerse yourself in the wonderful landscapes by artist Frans Post at this exciting new National Gallery of Ireland exhibition. From 1636, Frans Post spent several years exploring Brazil and creating captivating artworks based on the exotic flowers, wild animals, and stunning views that he witnessed on his travels. At this rare exhibition, you will view Post’s extraordinary depictions of Dutch sugar plantations and an array of eye-catching creatures including alligators, monkeys and anteaters. Whether you’ve been to Brazil before or it’s always been on your travel wishlist, a visit to Beasts From Brazil at the National Gallery of Ireland is guaranteed to inspire wanderlust and fire your imagination.