ILLUMINATE HERSTORY 2018
IRELAND CALLS ON HER SISTERS WORLDWIDE TO EMERGE FROM THE SHADOWS INTO THE LIGHT
Illuminate Herstory is a new annual global light festival 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 5 - 8th January 2018 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'.
Illuminate Herstory 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. Illuminate Herstory is a grassroots festival 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.
For the official festival programme, there are 4 universal themes running over 4 nights, from 5-8th January 2018. From Monday 8th January 2018, 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. Click here to download the workshops.