A new festival, Féile na mBan, celebrating women in art, history, literature, music and more will take place in Bundoran over the weekend of February 3 – 6.
Capitalising on the new St Brigid’s Bank Holiday weekend, the festival will see a plethora of female artists and creatives performing and hosting workshops, bootcamps and events at venues across the seaside town.
Organisers Niamh Hamill, Linda Connolly, Jenny Hallahan and Fiona Fitzpatrick are looking forward to the inaugural staging of the event over the new bank holiday weekend. ‘The start of February is a time associated with Imbolc, Spring and of course St Brigid herself and the festival will celebrate Brigids (bad and good, pagan and Christian) as well as all the powerful women in our history.
Many of the events are free of charge, among them a series of talks including topics such ‘The Cult of Brigid’, ‘Female Irish Artists of the 20th Century’, and ‘Soil and Surfing’.
Well known Donegal designer Edel MacBride will host a knitting workshop, while a Macrame workshop will take place at Buoys and Gulls café.
There is Bootcamp with Marcella, Surfing with Bundoran Surf Co, an art exhibition, an afternoon on Networking in the Arts with Maura Logue, Herblore and Wise Witchery with Marion Rose McFadden, wellness meditation, sea swimming, poetry readings and a special movie screening of ‘An Cailín Ciúin’.
Live performances will come from critically acclaimed Irish performer SON – aka Susan O’Neill – who will open the festival on the Friday night with a performance at the Atlantic Apartotel. Other female performers at venues throughout the town include Jenny Hallahan, The Messages, the Von Tees, Lorraine Walls, Trudy O’Donnell, and Caitie Lynch as well as a number of open music sessions, to which all are welcome.
The full schedule can be found at www.feilenamban.ie or by searching ‘Féile na mBan’ on Facebook and Instagram.