INTERNATIONAL HERSTORY LIGHT FESTIVAL
RTÉ has decided to postpone the launch of the Herstory TV Series platform to September 2019, when the national broadcaster will launch an open call to the Irish and Northern Irish publics, and diaspora worldwide to share lost women’s stories. For this reason, we won’t be curating an official Herstory Light Festival programme in January 2019. Instead we are going to take an organic approach, like St. Patrick’s festivities, inviting our collaborators to share their Nollaig na mBan events with the hashtag #illuminateherstory to collate and amplify activity across social media. If you are inspired and already have plans in the pipeline please proceed with your Women’s Little Christmas celebrations on the first weekend of January 2019. Alternatively, you can postpone and develop your ideas for the 2020 Herstory Light Festival. Sincere thanks to all our collaborators for your wonderful support to date.
IRELAND CALLS ON HER SISTERS WORLDWIDE TO EMERGE FROM THE SHADOWS INTO THE LIGHT
The Herstory Light Festival is a new annual global event 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 Ireland and together we will illuminate the world in celebration of women and equality.
"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 celebrate women and equality, spotlight inequality, and create visions for a World of Equals."
- Melanie Lynch, Founder of Herstory
The Herstory Light Festival 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. In January 2018, the festival generated 26 million Twitter impressions, making the RTÉ 6.01 News Headlines. Only in its 2nd year, the festival went international with participation in the USA, UK, Spain, Sweden, France, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Poland. For 2019, the Department of Foreign Affairs is championing participation in Irish Embassies around the world.
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. This is a grassroots festival for the people and we hope that no matter where you live in the world, you will spread the word to friends and family. Click here for novel ideas to illuminate and honour the women you love.
On the first day of the new school term, the #IlluminateHerstory theme is Voices of the Future. when students are invited to illuminate classrooms with their heroines and visions for a #WorldofEquals throughout the month of January.