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.
#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.
#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 the centenary of the suffrage movement and the plight of today’s migrant women.
#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 one man who saw her as an equal. Equality is human nature! This theme includes same-sex partnerships too.
#4 VOICES OF THE FUTURE
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.