Bealtaine Festival

May 1st – 31st 2019

Bealtaine is an annual festival which celebrates and promotes creativity in older age during the month of May and is one of the highlights of the Cultural Services calendar.

Bealtaine 2019 in County Donegal is part of a country wide celebration of creativity in older age. Throughout Bealtaine, Cultural Services works to bring a wide range of cultural and art events to our older generation in venues throughout Donegal.

For more information about Bealtaine events in libraries, and Taobh Tíre centres, theatres, arts and community venues and in The Regional Cultural Centre contact your local library where you can collect a programme or download one at





Distorted Perspectives Presents: Sneaks (U.S.A.), Secret State (U.K.) & Shammen Delly (Ireland)

Friday 3rd May 10pm (LATE GIG)

Admission €8 (€5 with Blindboy Podcast Ticket Stub)

Sneaks (U.S.A.)

Just as she takes up space in the male-dominated Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area punk scene, Sneaks aka Eva Moolchan takes up space among the patriarchy. Highway Hypnosis, her forthcoming album on Merge Records that will drop in January, plays on hip-hop, post-punk, and invented words to fill a gap between the feminist underground and genre-specific singles charts. Through it, Moolchan joins the resistance forged by queer black feminists who create, explore, empower, conquer, and play bass.

The solo act, born with Pluto in Scorpio, released her first single “Beliefs” in September. The glimmering anthem shrouded in an atmosphere of darkness drops its beat along with a call to arms for all non-believers whose mantra is assigned: “Remove your beliefs and start again / ’cause all I wanna do is start again.”

Flashes of Robyn, Britney Spears, Jock Jams, Nirvana, recess hour on the blacktop, M.I.A., Lil Mama, a hacky sack circle, Aaliyah, and your first Warped Tour experience somehow all make sense inside the mind attached to ears experiencing Highway Hypnosis.

Secret State (U.K.)
Armed with a Juno-60, TR-808, a head full of paranoid conspiracy theories and youtube facts, Secret State are producing bursts of skewed 313 energy from a parallel dimension. EPs out so far on Central Processing Unit and Varvet with some very exciting releases in the bag for later in the year.
Shammen Delly (Ireland)
Ambient Live Electronica and Surreal Soundscapes from the Buncrana native Aengus Friel.



Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend

The Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend, brought to you in partnership with the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, returns with some of the finest national and international guests from 10th to 14th July. We reveal some of the first acts appearing below.

Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Friday 12th July, 8pm

Lankum is the type of band you never knew you where searching for. A Dublin-based group of individuals united by a gang mentality, Lankum’s close vocal harmonies, instrumental interplay and dramatic storytelling pins you to the seat and revives the spirit. The group shows that folk music can be angry, progressive and is still a vital force today.

Moonlight Benjamin
Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Saturday 13th July, 8pm

Moonlight Benjamin creates a powerful and original fusion between Caribbean voodoo and 70’s US blues rock. Between her powerful and rebellious voice and the tension of saturated guitars, her music delivers voodoo trance in a new and explosive style!

Joan As Police Woman
An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Sunday 14th July, 8pm

Joan Wasser is an American musician, singer-songwriter and producer. She began her career playing violin with the Dambuilders and played with Black Beetle, Antony and the Johnsons, and Those Bastard Souls. Since 2004 she has released her solo material as Joan As Police Woman and on May 24 is set to release her new new triple album compilation, ‘JOANTHOLOGY’.



October 2019

Wainfest is an annual week-long, countywide arts and book festival dedicated to children.

Letterkenny Trad Week

January 2020