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 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
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 November 2018.