Celebrating our Living Earth in the Southeast of Ireland

Bealtaine Living Earth Festival 2015 was a great success running from May 16th-24th around the Southeast.

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View the Primary Schools Programme Here & Secondary Schools Programme Here

View events for the General Public and Families Here

You can also download the festival poster Here


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United Nations - Decade of Biodiversity

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Bealtaine Living Earth Festival runs this year from the 16th-24th May. After the success of last year’s 10th anniversary, the festival shifts its focus to the future. This year’s festival is themed around the relationship between sustainability and biodiversity and many of the walks, talks and workshops look to creating a sustainable way of living. Many of the events focus on self-sufficiency and environmental stewardship and its relationship with the biodiversity of the south-east.

The festival is a unique partnership between visitor centres, environmental organisations and interested individuals in the south-east and around the country. Our partners include Waterford City and County Council, Science Foundation Ireland, The Heritage Council of Ireland, Office of Public Works, Copper Coast Geopark, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, Oceanics Surf School & Marine Education Centre, Grow It Yourself International, Native Woodland Trust, Castlecomer Discovery Park and many other civic and voluntary organisations dotted throughout the region as well as research groups from within Waterford Institute of Technology such as Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE). A comprehensive list of partners is available from the side-bar.

The festival incorporates two important international days- May 18th is International Fascination of Plants Day which seeks to create awareness around the importance of plants in our lives. Events will run on the 18th and throughout the week based on this theme. May 22nd is International Day for Biological Diversity. The theme of this year’s day is Biodiversity for Sustainable Development and many of the events throughout the week cast an eye on the impact that proper biodiversity management has on sustainable development.

Bealtaine Living Earth Festival derives its name from the ancient celebration of the return of the summer- this festival is all about celebrating the change in the environment during this time of year and taking a fun look at the science behind it.

There are events incorporating art into the science- creative mosaic making that will look at the biodiversity of the sea-shore, botanical drawing workshops and a look at the treasures of the earth through the science of gemmology. There will also be a chance to take part in some citizen science with the Native Woodland trust and to help make a real impact on a new native woodland. Participants will also get the chance to step aboard the new Brian Ború ship and learn about how it was up-cycled from an older vessel.

All events are FREE but booking is essential for all Schools Events and some General Public Events. Please take a look at our programme of events to see which events need to be booked due to limited capacity. Full directions and other event information are available from the side-bar. Booking is through Eleanor Reade, WIT School of Science, 051 302037 or ereade@wit.ie.

The festival is coordinated by CALMAST, the leading centre for the promotion of science, maths, engineering and technology in Ireland. CALMAST attracts over 12,000 visitors annually to science related events in the region. CALMAST organises four regional festivals annually- The Robert Boyle Summer School, Robert Boyle Science Week, Waterford Engineering Week, Bealtaine Living Earth Festival. They are also the national coordinators for Maths Week Ireland, which enters its tenth year this year. In 2014 Maths Week Ireland had over 200,000 students involved in mind-set changing maths activities.

Financial support from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI Discover), Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Local Agenda 21 Plan) and The Heritage Council is gratefully acknowledged.