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IMMA is proud to partner with the Bealtaine Festival, Ireland’s national festival celebrating the arts and creativity as we age. This festival is organised by Age & Opportunity, the leading national development organisation working to enable the best possible quality of life as we age.

Celebrate Bealtaine this May and join us for a programme of events, workshops, talks and tours, including dementia-inclusive programmes, both in-person and online, all free of charge. Bookings for all events can be made by emailing [email protected] or phoning 01 612 9955.

Programme Details

Click on the titles below for more details of Bealtaine programmes taking place online and at IMMA.

Talking Art with IMMA

Thursday 12 May, 11am / Online via Zoom
Thursday 26 May, 11am/ In-person
To book email [email protected] or phone 01 612 9955.

Talking Art with IMMA invites you to take a close look at selected artworks from the IMMA Collection and discuss IMMA exhibitions with our Visitor Engagement Team. This new programme encourages active engagement and conversation, prompting participants to share their thoughts and opinions on IMMA artworks. All are welcome to sign up for this free programme, no previous experience required. Talking Art will be offered both in-person and online – dates listed above.

Dementia-Inclusive Events

Armchair Azure
Tuesday 3 and Tuesday 31 May, 11am
Online via zoom
To book email [email protected] or phone 01 612 9955.
Armchair Azure is a free online experience designed for people living with dementia and their families and friends. During Armchair Azure, you will explore a selection of artwork from IMMA’s Collection with a facilitator who has received special training in dementia-inclusive arts programming. Armchair Azure is facilitated online via Zoom.

Azure at IMMA
Tuesday 17 May 11am
In-person event
To book email [email protected] or phone 01 612 9955.
Join us in person at IMMA, where our trained facilitators will support you in a discussion of selected artworks from IMMA’s exhibitions during this tour for people living with dementia and their families and friends. Seating will be provided throughout and the tour will be followed by a cup of tea/coffee in IMMA’s Flying Dog café, with our compliments.

Biodiversity Walking Tour

Wednesday 4 and 18 May, 2.00pm
Free, Booking required. Email: [email protected] or phone 01 612 9955.

Explore IMMA’s gardens and grounds during this guided biodiversity tour. This tour takes a leisurely pace and will last about one hour. Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing recommended! Bench seating is available during the tour of the Formal Gardens.

Lunchtime Talk with Lisa Fingleton
& Collaborating Artists

Friday 13 May, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Location: The People’s Pavilion
Drop-in event, no booking required.

Creative Interventions in the Climate Conversation with Eco social artist Lisa Fingleton. Join participating artists and eco-social artist Lisa Fingleton in the People’s Pavilion for a lunch time sharing event to explore and ask questions about climate-change, biodiversity and food through the visual arts. Lisa and collaborating artists will share their process, drawings, writings and invite you to join the conversation about the food on our plate and climate change issues.

IMMA Nights
Flikkers: The Flashback Ball Warm Up

Friday 20 May, 6pm- 9pm
Location: The People’s Pavilion
Free, booking required. Book here.

This live Bealtaine Festival event presented at the People’s Pavilion in association with venue host IMMA is a tribute to the 1980s LGBTQ+ dance scene in Dublin, inviting older LGTBQ+ people to celebrate with DJs from the Flikkers disco and Hirschfeld Centre era. The event will include a Tea dance and DJ Sets with Tonie Walsh & Gerry Moore; an opportunity to purchase seminal vinyls from the era at Tonie‘s record collection sale; and what disco would be complete without a slow set? Come as you were and celebrate the culture and activism of the period!

Flikkers: The Flashback Ball – Warm Up is part of a series of events under the banner Flikkers – Come As You Were, the Age & Opportunity Bealtaine Festival Commission for 2022 supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council. This series of events remember and celebrate the Flikkers Disco era at the Hirschfeld Centre and the generation who were there. Flikkers invites older LGBTQ+ people to dance and celebrate this seminal period of social and cultural activism. Curated & produced by artist- curator Francis Fay and journalist, activist and DJ Tonie Walsh. Project Advisor Julianne O’Malley. A Bealtaine Festival event presented in association with venue host IMMA . Funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council

Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.