Dominic Campbell conceived and is leading this initiative. As Bealtaine Festival’s Director he steered the festivals growth and expansion over eight years. Formerly an Artistic Director of Ireland’s national celebration, St Patrick’s Festival, he transformed its three shows into ninety within four years growing production and managerial teams alongside the financial support required.
Dominic went on to design and produce national celebrations marking the expansion of European Union in 2004 and Centenary celebrations for James Joyce. For “The Day Of Welcomes” marking EU expansion, he devised and produced 12 simultaneous festivals pairing EU expansion countries with Irish towns and cities engaging 2,500 artists from 32 countries.
He mentored festivals in Wales (Gwanwynn), Scotland (Luminate), and has developed projects with partners in Australia and The Netherlands. In 2012 he established the first global conference on Creativity In Older Age opened by Irish President Michael D Higgins.
In 2016 he became an inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Equity and Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute a project between Trinity College Dublin and University College Southern California an ambitious worldwide program seeking social and public health solutions to reduce the scale and adverse impact of dementia.
Recognized by The Irish Times as one of the top ten key cultural influencers in Ireland he seeks strategic and business partners to develop Creative Aging International.
Bea Kelleher has been working in arts and communications for over 30 years. Since graduating, she has worked across every discipline in the marketing industry from pure play graphic design agencies to PR companies, from sales promotion to advertising, from digital to direct response and shopper marketing.
As the Executive Producer, she helped set up Spiegelworld LLP in the USA, and her other experience includes EP of the Dublin Fringe Festival, Line Producer for the iconic Gaiety Theatre pantomime, Manager for the Anna Livia International Opera Festival, Deputy Manager for the Dominion Theatre and other venues/productions. As Executive Director of the Gate Theatre Dublin she has been responsible for the planning, transference and successful implementation of the commercial and operational side of the theatre following a change in leadership. As Head of Operations of the Dublin City Council Culture Company she was responsible for the legal, HR, H&S, buildings, IT and general operations of this multi-site cultural organisation.
She has been on a number of arts boards as well as marketing industry-representative board and acts as an advisor to a number of self-producing performance companies and festivals.