30 Aibreán - 3 Bealtaine

30 April - 3 May 2021

Feile na Bealtain Music and Arts Festival

This year Féile na Bealtaine 2021 will take place! - and we will be real, not online!

But we are turning Féile Inside Out!
Agus b’fhéidir bun os cionn chomh maith!

In a year where we have gone contactless we are finding new ways to connect – with each other, with our place, and with things we have almost forgotten.
Táimid bunaither and lonaithe san áit seo agus beidh ceangailt idir na háiteanna and na h-ealaíontóirí áitiula thar aon rud eile i mbliana.

Connecting our community has always been a pivotal focus in our festival planning. We have grown from a small community festival into a celebration of life filling gently back in. national multi-disciplinary arts festival. This year due to COVID -19 pandemic we will return back to a very local community festival celebrating and appreciating our local artists, musicians and heritage on the Dingle Peninsula.

More than ever we value the importance of community bonding, support and the Dingle Peninsula. More than ever we value the importance of community bonding, support and the celebration of life filling gently back in.

This year like no other we will be welcoming in the summer!

Feile na Bealtaine 2021

Marking May Bank Holiday

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Marking May bank holiday

Firstly over the May Bank Holiday weekend enjoy a creative visual feast rich in culture, keeping the festival cauldron burning.

Props from the street parade will be found in unusual places. A beautiful community bunting project, Ar Scáth a Chéile, will decorate our peninsula.

Art exhibitions will light up shop windows and outdoor spaces. Hilltop fires will signal the onset of summer. Church bells will fill the silence. Poetry will ring out in shops and on streets

We have put together visual art, spoken word and photographic celebration on giant video screens which will be placed in locations, and run in such was so as not to gather large crowds.

Ni bheidh daoine ag teacht le chéile i ngrúpaí dos na himeachtaí seo.

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When 15 or more may Gather Together then Shall you find us....

In late May or early June – at the very first opportunity – when 15 or more people are allowed to gather outdoors, Féile na Bealtaine will host a really exciting series of outdoor multi-disciplinary events in locations around the peninsula.

These events will feature music, song, dance, literature, poetry, stories, geology, archaeology and art. They will reflect a dialogue between arts practitioners, and their response to our many beautiful and evocative locations.

They will be strictly controlled audience numbers unfortunately, however we will create video and audio remnants that will be left, on location, for future passersby to wonder at …. seo

Outdoor Events at Feile na Bealtaine

See What's Happening

Ar Scáth a Chéile

is a community art project, brainchild of Deirdre Nic Ginnea, where she has called on friends of Féile to make their own triangular flags, she has had a phenomenal response and has put together a patchwork of bunting that will adorn public spots throughout the peninsula to remind us of the essence of our community and how connected we really are.


Misneach is an imaginative art trail that showcases Annascaul where we get to squint through street-front windows, and stare at the soul of local artists. It also includes two retrospective collections, of Kate Landers and Monica Phelan, and outdoor sculptures.

Scáileáin Físe

In addition to local art works in some Dingle windows we are hosting two large video boards, one in Dingle, agus ceann eile i gCeann Trá, in which new art work will be shown. We have restaged the legendary Dick Mack’s poetry session and will have local poets’ offerings on show, as well as photographic art, retrospectives from Feile and some short films. All these will be on short repeating loops changing every half- hour so as not to gather crowds. Please respect social distancing very carefully!

"Poetry to the checkout, Please"

Fill your shopping trolley with poetry in Dingle during Féile Na Bealtaine. Over the intercom in various shops, poets are called to the Checkout.. .  Céití de Bheildiúin, Mícheál Ó Cinnéide, Méabh Begley, Louis Mulcahy, Maggie Breen, Ríona, Philip King, Dara Ó Cinnéide, Damien Ó Neill, Pa Sheehy, Cathal Holden, Marie Ní Mhurchú, Orna Dunleavy, Colm Mac Gearailt, Dairena Ní Chinnéide… Caifé, bainne, iógairt.. 

Mórshiúl – “Miteolaíocht”

faraor ní bheidh an gnáth mórshiúil againn i mbliana ach ní sin a rá nach bhfuil an t-uafás oibre déanta ag foireann cruthaitheach na Féile. A beautiful array of new festival props, depicting images from Mythology will be on dispay at various spots over the May Bank Holiiday weekend, to showcase the work of our creative team who have forged on undeterred by a simple global pandemic! Heroic stuff!

Bí ag faireadh amach chomh maith ar briseadh amach spraoiúil anseo is ansiud –
Warning: spontaneous outbreaks of festivity may occur.

We are mindful of the situation and of the difficult times we have come through. At 12.30 on Friday bells throughout the peninsula will ring out to remember those who have passed away during this time.

Is féidir linn grá dár bpobail agus dár bhféile a thaispeáint trí na rialacha bunúsacha a leanúint. We have carefully designed a programme that does not encourage gatherings, and ask that everyone shows responsibility, not to gather in groups, or act outside of the guidelines during this weekend.


The Arts Council of Ireland
Failte Ireland
Foras na Gaeilge
An Diseart
Rte Radio
Udaras na Gaeltachta
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