Celebrating our Living Earth in the Southeast of Ireland

Bealtaine Living Earth Festival 2017 will run from 20th - 28th May


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View the Primary Schools Programme Here & Secondary Schools Programme Here

View events for the General Public and Families Here



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United Nations - Decade of Biodiversity


Bealtaine Living Earth Festival runs this year from the 21st - 29th May. This is the 12th year of Ireland's biggest biodiversity and natural heritage festival. The Bealtaine Festival Celebrating our Living Earth is a cooperative partnership of organisations (public bodies and NGOs) concerned with the stewardship of the natural environment in the Southeast of Ireland. This festival celebrates our natural heritage and environment and highlights the relationship between sustainability, biodiversity and natural resources.

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, Office of Public Works,  Oceanics Surf School & Marine Education Centre, Irish Wildlife Trust. Garter Lane Arts Centre, Lismore Heritage Centre, Grow It Yourself International, Native Woodland Trust, 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 can be seen below.

The festival incorporates a very important international day. May 22nd is International Day for Biological Diversity. The theme of this year’s day is Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods and many of the events show how biodiversity management benefits us all in many ways.

Bealtaine Living Earth Festival derives its name from the ancient Celtic festival of Beltaine when our ancient ancestors were by great necessity bound to the seasons and moods of the Earth and in May celebrated the rebirth of life.  This festival introduces people to the wonders of our planet at the start of the summer so they can continue to enjoy and explore throughout the summer.

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 15,000 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 2015 Maths Week Ireland had over 270,000 participating in maths activities.

Financial support from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI Discover) and Waterford Councils Festivals