Brigid's Day Festival Vancouver 2021 

Last year, owing to the pandemic restrictions the Brigid Vancouver festival was moved fully online. The week-long program made it one of the largest  Brigid's Day Festival in the world. It marked an important time of connection for the Irish community at home and abroad.

The range of speakers and presenters at the 2021 Brigid Festival Vancouver was incredible. It included talks on mythology, peace and conflict studies, mental health, literature and women in business.  Below are the video links to the speaker profiles, the festival sessions and the Brigid's Day commissioned poems.

Ailbhe Smyth - Women's Rights Activist
Ailbhe Smyth - Women's Rights Activist

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Monica McWilliams - Northern Ireland Peace Activist
Monica McWilliams - Northern Ireland Peace Activist

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Kate Smith - Darkness into Light Vancouver Organizer
Kate Smith - Darkness into Light Vancouver Organizer

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Ailbhe Smyth - Women's Rights Activist
Ailbhe Smyth - Women's Rights Activist

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Day 1 - Ailbhe Symth

The Coronavirus and its impact on women

Day 2 - Dr. Dara Culhane

Performance Reading of Letters from the Diaspora

Day 3 - Panel

Legends & Mythology of Brigid

Day 4 - Panel

Covid, Mental Health, and the Irish Diaspora

Day 5 - Panel

Women Leading Change with Irish Canada Chamber of Commerce

Day 6 - Monica McWilliams

Northern Ireland Peace Activist - "Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs" Talk

Day 7 - Emma Donoghue

Photos that inspired her novel "The Pull of the Stars"

Day 8 - Emer O’Toole 

Irish Feminism: A Lovestory

Brigid Poems

To celebrate Brigid's Day 2021, the Department of Foreign Affairs and MoLI - Museum of Literature Ireland, have collaborated on ‘Three Poems for Brigid’, a series of three short online films. Each film showcases a poet and a spoken word performer, and is based around one of the three aspects of Brigid as the triple goddess of Poetry, Healing, and Craftwork.