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CULTUR E WATERFORD EYE Art, Culture, Design and Living


In the Irish calendar May 1st is known as Bealtaine, the fi rst day of summer. With longer days and warmer weather, May is said to be a time of blossoming love, romance and hope. May is the fi fth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar.


It is said that May was named after the Greek goddess Maia, and also associated with Bona Dea, the Roman goddess of fertility. On the other hand, Ovid the Roman poet, gives an alternative origin, in which he states that the month of May relates to the maiores, Latin for the elders.


CELEBRATING CREATIVITY Now in its 16th year, thousands of older people take part in the Bealtaine festival, which showcases the talents and creativity of both fi rst-time and professional older artists, celebrating creativity in older years.


Each year, age and opportunity invites local authorities, arts centres, libraries, Active Retirement groups, care settings, community groups and clubs, associations from every part of the country to run Bealtaine events that celebrate creativity in the golden years. The 2011 is ‘push the boat out, whatever the sea’ is taken from the poem ‘At Eighty’ by Scottish poet Edwin Morgan, OBE.


It is a chance for people to make new and challenging work, and an opportunity to communicate traditions between the generations. It is also a chance for the beginner to discover a talent until then unseen and a opportunity for a long- dormant skill to fi nd a new outlet.


1-31 May. Check out local libraries for events. www.bealtaine.com


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SOMEWHERE UNDER THE RAINBOW


‘The Original Sally Bowles’, ‘The Musical Theatre Sensation’, ‘The Oscar Nominated Actress’, I could go on and on listing the many titles Liza Minnelli found herself living under


throughout her lifetime. Beneath the layers of titles, sequins and feathers lies a truly remarkable woman. Join Sharon Sexton’s Liza in the intimate setting of her dressing room as she performs pieces from her famous musical catalogue and shares the stories, recollections and secrets that make up a fascinating career, including the memories of what was undoubtedly the most challenging role played by Liza, that of Judy Garland’s daughter.


Theatre Royal Saturday 14th May Ticket Price: €19 / €15 concessions Box Offi ce: 051 874 402 www.theatreroyal.ie


NEVER LET ME GO (15A) Directed by Mark Romanek, Never Let Me Go (15A) is an intriguing yet at the same time dark and alarming drama, screenplay by Alex Garland based on the best selling novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, with outstanding performances by Andrew Garfi eld, Keira Knightley, and Carey Mulligan.


‘Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they fi nd that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.’ Leeds International Film Festival 2010


Garter Lane Arts Centre Sunday 15th May Ticket Price: €7.50 / €6.00 Garter Lane Friends / €6.00 Concession Box Offi ce: 051 855 038 www.garterlane.ie


HOOK HEAD SAFARIS Departing twice at 9am and 1pm from the Clock Tower in Waterford and various hotels, experience four hours of a thrilling real safari jeep expedition. Cross the majestic River Suir by ferry from Passage East to Ballyhack while enjoying the craic of friendly local guides.


During the safari you will discover the breathtaking beauty of the Hook Peninsula, visit hidden beaches and coves as you venture off the beaten track. Explore cliff walks, the magnifi cent coastlines, the Hook Lighthouse along with visits to historical abbeys and castles. Hear the true stories that make the Peninsula unique, and perhaps an opportunity to see whales off Hook Head. Ticket Price: €25 Adult / €22 concessions T: 051 389 917 www.hookheadsafaris.com


STILL LIFE Curated by Polly Staple, Still Life presents the work of six artists including Gillian Carnegie, Anne Collier, Mark Leckey, Sherrie Levine, Seth Price and a new site-specifi c work by 2009 Turner Prize Winner, Richard Wright.


Still Life explores the status of images as objects. Artistic strategies represented in the exhibition include appropriation, repetition and serial production. Points of reference include the production of images infl uenced by new technologies and the relationship between painting, photography and the moving image.


Lismore Castle Arts Still Life now until 30th September T: 058 54 061 www.lismorecastlearts.ie


by Mailo Power


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