2021 Event Schedule

All the events listed for the 2021 Festival will be online. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please note the sessions (but not the Q&A) will be recorded, unless otherwise stated.

As a completely free, volunteer-led event, in the place of tickets we ask you to please consider donating to the Irish Benevolent Society of B.C.

  • Ailbhe Smyth - The Coronavirus and its impact on women
    Sun, Jan 31
    Online Event
    Jan 31, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
    Online Event
    I'm thinkin' 'bout a revolution" (still): Coronavirus and its impacts on women”: Ailbhe Smyth – leading Feminist, Activist and Irish Human Rights Campaigner. Including a welcome by Eamonn McKee - Ambassador of Ireland to Canada. Moderator: Jennifer Bourke
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  • Letters from the Diaspora with Dr. Dara Culhane
    Mon, Feb 01
    Online Event
    Feb 01, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST
    Online Event
    Performance reading of letters from the diaspora directed by Dr. Dara Culhane, Professor of Anthropology, Simon Fraser University. Readers: Sharon Brown Marie Bruce Maura De Freitas Oonagh Berry Aideen Clery
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  • Legends & Mythology of Brigid: Brigid in Place, Mind, and Spirit
    Tue, Feb 02
    Online Event
    Feb 02, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM PST
    Online Event
    Legends & Mythology of Brigid: Storytelling the legends and mythology of St Brigid with Philomena Jordan, Dolores Whelan of Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage (Ireland) and Anthony Murphy with Mythic Ireland. Moderator: Cynthia Wallentine
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  • Panel Discussion - Covid, Mental Health, and the Irish Diaspora
    Wed, Feb 03
    Online Event
    Feb 03, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST
    Online Event
    A panel discussion on addiction recovery and support with Dr. Maire Durnin, Gillian Goulding, I/Can Social Care Advisor and Susie Newman. Moderator: Kate Smith.
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  • Women Leading Change: 2nd Annual Discussion Panel
    Thu, Feb 04
    Online Event
    Feb 04, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PST
    Online Event
    Panel discussion presented by the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce Vancouver.
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  • Monica McWilliams: Northern Ireland Peace Activist - "Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs" Screening and Talk
    Fri, Feb 05
    Online Event
    Feb 05, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Online Event
    Academic, peace activist, and former politician – signatory to the Good Friday Agreement. Presented by the Consulate General of Ireland, Vancouver. Moderator: Jennifer Bourke
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  • Speaker: Emma Donoghue (Author)
    Sat, Feb 06
    Online Event
    Feb 06, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST
    Online Event
    Award-winning Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter discussing her book "The Pull of the Stars". Moderator: Eilis Courtney
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  • Dr. Emer O’Toole - Irish Feminism: A Love Story
    Sun, Feb 07
    Online Event
    Feb 07, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Online Event
    Speaker: Dr. Emer O’Toole who is an Associate Prof Irish Studies Department Concordia University, Montreal. Moderator: Mary McSwiney
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Please send any questions to
 bridfestvancouver@gmail.com 

St Brigid's Day / Lá Fheíle Bríde Festival Vancouver

This volunteer-led event is proudly sponsored by the Vancouver Consulate General of Ireland

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