2019 THEMES

For the official festival programme, there are 4 universal themes, one for every night (4-7th January 2019), 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 Illuminate Herstory 2017. Photo credit: Killian Kennedy

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


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#1: ANCIENTS RISING

On Friday 5th January, the festival opens with 'Ancients Rising', featuring iconic goddesses, mythological queens, historical heroines. This is a special opportunity to illuminate ancient historical monuments.


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#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.


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#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. Equality is human nature. Of course, this theme includes same-sex partnerships!


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#4 VOICES OF THE FUTURE

From Monday 7th January 2019, the first day of the new school term, the #IlluminateHerstory theme is ‘Voices of the Future’. School children are invited to participate in special workshops, illuminating classrooms with their heroines and visions for a ‘World of Equals’ throughout the month of January. The workshops will be available to download for free in October 2018.