ILLUMINATE HERSTORY 2018

  Botticelli's Venus, Fête des Lumières, Lyon

Botticelli's Venus, Fête des Lumières, Lyon

IRELAND CALLS ON HER SISTERS WORLDWIDE TO EMERGE FROM THE SHADOWS INTO THE LIGHT

The Herstory Light Festival is a new annual global event celebrating women and equality. Traditionally in Ireland we celebrate Nollaig na mBan (Women's Little Christmas) as the Christmas lights go out over the first weekend in January. We invite you to join us on the 4 - 7th January 2019 and together we will illuminate the world with women.

"The fact is women's achievements and struggles have been lost in the shadows for too long, resulting in global inequality and a regression of women's rights. That's why Herstory is harnessing the alchemical power of light, to spotlight inequality, highlight women’s stories and create visions for a 'World of Equals'. 

The Herstory Light Festival launched in January 2017 as a grassroots light festival and quickly gathered viral momentum around the island of Ireland, with castles, museums, theatres, libraries, offices and homes illuminating in celebration of women and girls.

A FESTIVAL FOR THE PEOPLE

The beauty of light festivals is everyone can get involved - you can light up a national landmark or your living room. It's so simple. All you need is a light projector and some images from family photo albums or local archives. And there's no shortage of light projectors - you will find one in every classroom and boardroom. This is a grassroots festival for the people and we hope that no matter where you live in the world, you will spread the word to friends and family worldwide. Click here for novel ideas to illuminate and honour the women you love.

JOIN US

For the official festival programme, there are 4 universal themes running over 4 nights, from 4-7th January 2019. From Monday 7th January 2019, the first day of the new school term, the #IlluminateHerstory theme is ‘Voices of the Future’. Students across the island of Ireland are invited to complete special workshops, illuminating classrooms with their heroines and visions for a ‘world of equals’ throughout the month of January.

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