Arts Office Festivals
Arts Office Festivals
Festivals run by Meath County Council
Menagerie Mayhem is a creative children’s arts event that focuses on Animals and Art. Children are invited to come dressed as their favourite animal and during the workshops create finger puppets, animal masks and origami rabbits. Animal inspired face painting and storytelling activities take place where children explore and enjoy a wide variety of creative activities inspired by the animal kingdom. Menagerie Mayhem gives children in Meath an opportunity to explore their creative side, develop new skills and to work with professional artists.
The Bealtaine Festival is a national festival that celebrates creativity as we age and every year Meath County Council host an engaging, creative festival for older people living in County Meath. The Arts Office programmes a wide variety of activities and events including theatre, concerts, dance projects, exhibitions, readings and a dawn chorus. All of the events are open to all older people and are designed to inspire and enhance the creativity already abundant in our community. This festival gives older people in our community an opportunity to express their creative side, dance like nobody is watching and be part of the creative fabric of Meath.
Púcas and Potions
Pucas and Potions Children’s Arts Festival is an exciting and spooky celebration of Halloween that focuses on the traditional festival of Samhain and the origins of Halloween. This erie treasure hunt encourages all children to participate in workshops, installations and activities. They must collect nine hazelnuts. Then they must find the “Old Hag” and trade their hazelnuts to receive their Treat! Children are encouraged to come in their scariest costume and make their own Spooky Skeleton, create their own Scabs and Scars and join in the spooky spectacular that is Pucas and Potions!
Mary Lavin Series
A Writer whose fiction transformed Bective and who stands comparison with Chekhov, Mary Lavin will always be associated with Meath. The Mary Lavin season is an invitation to celebrate the work of one of Ireland’s major writers and one of the great artists of the short story in the English language. Mary Lavin’s stories received numerous international awards, including two Guggenheim Fellowships in 1959 and 1961 and the Katherine Mansfield Prize in 1961. Following the inaugural tribute to Mary Lavin’s work in 2012, Meath County Council Arts Office are proud to continue to celebrate Mary Lavin as an artist of distinction annually.