FESTIVAL THEMES

There are 4 universal themes, one for every night, creating a powerful narrative arc to spark dialogue and inspire incredible light installations. 

  Ériu by Jim Fitzpatrick illuminating the Hill of Uisneach at the launch of the 2017 Herstory Light Festival. Photo credit: Killian Kennedy

Ériu by Jim Fitzpatrick illuminating the Hill of Uisneach at the launch of the 2017 Herstory Light Festival. Photo credit: Killian Kennedy


#1: ANCIENTS RISING

The festival opens with 'Ancients Rising' on Friday 4th January, featuring iconic goddesses, mythological heroines and lost ancient feminine wisdom. This is a lovely opportunity to illuminate ancient monuments.


#2 EVERY WOMAN

This democratic theme is a celebration of all women, side-by-side, from the voiceless to the legendary, with a special focus on justice and equality. As Mary Robinson would say herself, she’s no more important than any other Mary.


#3 WORLD OF EQUALS

A showcase of egalitarian personal and professional partnerships throughout history and today. Herstory discovered that in nearly every remarkable woman’s biography there is a man who saw her as an equal, championing her talents and dreams. Of course, this theme includes same-sex partnerships. Equality is human nature. When we see it we have to celebrate it!


#4 VOICES OF THE FUTURE

On Monday 7th January, the first day of the new school term, the theme is ‘Voices of the Future’. Teachers and students are invited to illuminate classrooms with their heroines and visions for a World of Equals throughout the month of January.