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Kildare > Arts > Bealtaine Arts Festival

Bealtaine 2003 - Love & Adventure

Newbridge, County Kildare

  • Bealtaine Arts Trail – Last year we saw the successful introduction of the Art Trail to our festival. This year it’s back – bigger and better than before, with a whole host of new and exciting exhibitions.
  • Music Trail – Check out the Music Trail on Friday and Saturday in the local pubs. Rock, jazz, blues, techno, contemporary, traditional , will be heard, provided by quality musicians
  • Banners – Bealtaine is delighted to be working with the Special Olympics and the schools to produce the banners to be hung for both events.
  • Poster competition was a great a success – look out for our new poster and the beautiful image created by a second level student. Congratulations to all the budding artists who submitted their lovely work.
  • Check out local press and east coast radio (95/96 and 103 fm) for more information on individual events.
  • Contact: Terry Moore 045/448312 – Chairperson
    Sorcha Heavey - 086 3584826
Date/Time Event Venue Artists Details
Weds 30th April

Passages of Time Newbridge Day Care Centre Crooked Sixpence A delightful hour of movement, storytelling and sketches presented in a light hearted way

Thurs. 1st May
8pm €8
Baby Doll Project theatre Riverbank   “A Diva with a disability, fluff, flare and attitude, an alter ego the size of a bathroom that wants to buy every lotion and potion from the chemist A woman who thinks that culture is about cosmetics and politics about parties”. This new show is brought to us with the help of Network Kildare and is supported by the forum of people with disabilities
9pm Red Hot Music Red House Murray & Begley and The moon and sixpence Begley and Murray are a top notch trad outfit bringing slides, polkas and great songs from the heart of Kerry. Highly acclaimed and not to be missed.
The Moon and Sixpence. Fresh from their sell out gig at riverbank in February. This very accomplished local group provide a hugely entertaining contrast to the Kerrymen with a mix of old and new material

Friday 2nd May

Healthy Lifestyles Project Scoil Mhuire Junior   The pupils present a celebration of their 'Healthy Lifestyles' project through a series of activity-based programmes. With drama, gymnastics and visual arts.
7.30pm Feet on the Street   Street artists Warming the street with a bit of fun and frolics are artists who have travelled here to be with us. A welcome return of the feet on the street.
8pm Opening Ceremony Main Street Artastic with the schools Come along and join the adventure of some the most comical creature’s great and small on their adventure to find love, assisted by many of their friends from local schools and community groups, they provide a feast for your eyes in an array of colour, as the creatures dance down Newbridge main street to the sound of samba. Sing and dance to your hearts desire, to celebrate the opening of the Bealtaine Festival.

Singer Song Writer Night Jacob’s Well Kildare singer songwriters Ten of the best singer songwriters around bring their music to Bealtaine

Comedy Zone with Kevin McAleer Riverbank   Sold out Riverbank in January 2002, a welcome return to “Ireland’s Best Loved Comedian” (Mrs. McAteer)!!!

Sat 3rd May
10 – 5
Holistic Workshop TBC   Indian Head Massage, Aromatherapy, Aura Soma, Massage, Healing and Body Harmony. Workshops on Angels, Dream Analysis. Aura Photography. Stands with Crystals, music, books
10.30 Walk the Art Trail Newbridge Library Artists Themselves Walk the arts trail see the launch of our new “Meet and Greet” tour of the exhibitions. This commences at 10.30 at the Library where some of the the artists involved will give an on site talk at each exhibition about their work. Watch out for Tony Bird, the master potter, who will get your hands dirty. Each exhibition centre will have the Art Trail logo advertising the exhibition within so go on, walk your arts off!
12.00 Soccer 5 aside Red Lane   One-day soccer blitz to be held in the red lane. Twelve teams of five will play it out for the top prizes. To register teams contact Sorcha on 045 434700
1pm Eat on the Street George’s St
St Conleth’s
  Savour the flavours from around the world as the our local chefs from near and far tempt us with specialities
2pm - 5 Book fare National School   Our first book fare!! The Animal foundation is running this fundraiser in association with bealtaine. A perfect opportunity to stock up on reading material for the long summer evenings ahead
6-8 pm

Story Tellers Jacobs Well Film – Skitso
Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club
Wonderful stories by Ireland’s foremost storytellers - Cork meeting Dublin with their stories and we might even throw in a Kildare story or two!

KYS Film and Jerry Fish and the Mudbug club Riverbank   Bealtaine are delighted to be involved with Kildare Youth Services for the premier of their film “Skitso”, a short Docu-Drama made by the Young Men’s Youth group The film will be followed by a concert with Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club. Imagine Tom Waits meeting the Fun Loving Criminals, throw in a sprinkling of George Melly and you’ve got the mix for this exciting band whose debut album was nominated for two Meteor Awards. Jerry is formerly of the Emotional Fish.
9pm Benefit for Monoglian Buddist School The Mill, Victoria Bridge Steve Cooney and Friends A worthy cause with great musicians.

Sun 4th May

Tale Trail Meet at Langton Cross Ballymanny Kildare Youth Theatre, friends of Scribblers' Ink A guided walk around some of the more interesting features and landmarks of our town
Admission €8 includes Light lunch

Miscellany Brunch Honey Café Riverbank May Leonard. Music from Herbert Lodge String Quartet Mae Leonard entertains with selected readings from her Radio One 'Sunday Miscellany' contributions. The Herbert Lodge Ensemble will play a selection of classical favourites on the special lunchtime event.
1pm Jack Lattin Session The Mill, Victoria Bridge   Regular lunchtime gig in glorious setting.
2pm Picnic The Strand   A fun day out for all the family. Bring the food and family and we’ll bring the entertainment. With live music, novelty races and entertainers it’s a day not to be missed. Get there early for a good spot and pray for sunshine.
3pm The Black Knights The picnic The Black knights Parachute Team. The Irish defence forces parachute display team performs nation-wide to the delight of thousands. This year Bealtaine is delighted to welcome and to thank. General Sanderson GOC Curragh. We will see four men fly Having jumped from their helicopter. Weather and no emergencies permitting.

Classical Gig Church of Ireland Simon Dinnigan – Classical
A major guitarist of the 21st century, the natural successor to Julian Bream, a modern day virtuoso of superb powers

Singer’s Club Jacob’s Well Johnny Moynihan and Jacki Garvan Legendary Dublin singer Johnny Moynihan Jacki Garvan, singer of great Kerry singers lead off local singers – for the coinneiseur!!!

The Dance Keadeen Eagles Tribute, Atlantis and the Summer Vibes A magnificent team of local artists have come together to form An Eagles Tribute band. Belting out tunes of a generation this is a night not to be missed. On the night they will have the support of the excellent group “Atlantis”. In the beech room we have a sing along with the “summer vibes”, who have been rehearsing their 6-‘s and 70’s songs of Summer love, not to be missed.

Mon 5th May Youth Festival
Riverbank Arts Centre   IT'S BACK! The hugely popular Bealtaine Youth Festival has always been the place to be on May Bank Holiday Monday and this year promises to be no different! For the artistically inclined, there is the usual workshops - the Trash Fash, Crazy Nails nail design, henna tattoos and "Make Your Own T-shirt" to name but a few! The film competition also makes a welcome return for those budding film moguls. For the athletic there is 5-a-side soccer. And of course, no Youth Festival would be complete without music, featuring the hottest young bands to emerge from the county. There is an interval for those who need sustenance after the events before the Festival continues in the evening with a KYT performance of two plays. All in all, the Bealtaine Youth Festival promises to be an exciting event – unmissable!!
€5 Kildare Youth Theatre     Bealtaine is delighted that following on their success Kildare Youth Theatre is putting on a special performance of their two plays Totally over You and Purple before heading to Belfast.
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