January 11, 2019
The third annual Herstory Light Festival took place in Dublin, Ireland January 4-7, 2019. Called “a festival for the people”, the event honors women’s achievements and celebrates women and girls worldwide. The landmark work of Riane Eisler, celebrated with a 3-story light installation of Riane and her husband, writer David Loye, were one of many images projected onto the historical Dublin General Post Office (GPO). Melanie commented: “This year the festival generated a mini storm on social media and we even made the RTÉ 6.01 News Headlines (watch clip from 6.51).”
The Herstory “luminaries” project launched in 2017 as a grassroots light festival and quickly gathered viral momentum around the island of Ireland, with castles, museums, theaters, libraries, offices and homes illuminating in celebration of women and girls. In January 2018, the festival generated 26 million Twitter impressions, and went international with participation in the USA, UK, Spain, Sweden, France, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Poland.
The 2019 Festival was centered around four universal themes: Ancients Rising, Every Woman, World of Equals, and Voices of the Future. Founder Melanie Lynch: “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.”
On January 7th, the first day of the new school term in Ireland, the Festival 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. The event also features two exhibitions showing the work of female artists at the National Gallery of Ireland.
Read more: herstory.ie/light