Bealtaine Immram: Kathy Scott, Brian Crosby, Leah Song, and Lily Henley

An ancient Irish storytelling experience, as part of Irish Language Day 2023


$31 (inclusive of fees) 90 minutes

Sat, May 13, 2023



Box Office


Phone hours:
10am-6pm, Monday-Friday

In person:
Opens 60 minutes before the performance on show days


Irish Arts Center 
726 11th Avenue 
Hell's Kitchen, NYC


Presented in partnership with the Hedge School / Scoil Scairte at the Trailblazery.

There is a shared pattern of stories across many traditions that speak of vision quests and odysseys into other dimensions in search of soul medicine. In these journeys of transformation, the hero or heroine accepts a call to adventure and sets out on an odyssey to the Otherworld. They face trials, dangers and challenges, and finally return home to share the tale of their adventures. In the ancient Irish myth cycles, the wonder-voyage of discovery is called an immram (iomramh). 

The Hedge School's Bealtaine Immram is an immersive, bilingual guided ritual infused with Irish cultural motifs, images, words and phrases, activated through the power of collective imagination. It evokes the spirit of the land and the mythos of place through symbols, sounds, smells, and other sensate explorations. Led by artists Kathy Scott (cultural activist, host, writer), Brian Crosby (composer, musician, BellX1), Leah Song (musician, storyteller, poet, artist, and activist from Rising Appalachia), and Lily Henley (singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist).

Make it a full day's immersion in the Irish language—join us for Féile na Gaeilge, our annual Irish Language Day celebration! Ticket holders to Irish Language Day get free admission to the Hedge School's Bealtaine Immram. Learn more here >


Photo: Currach Botanica Bláthanna by Appassionata Flowers, © Yvette Monahan & Sean Breithaupt

Presented with generous support from Culture Ireland, the Irish Institute of New York, the National Endowment for the Arts, and CIE Tours.



Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; the Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Arnhold Foundation; the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; Northern Ireland Bureau; Invest NI; CIE Tours International; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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