About the Festival
Maura De Freitas is the Festival Director of the Brigid Festival Vancouver and a founding member of the Irish Benevolent Society of B.C. (IBSBC).
It was due to her work as publisher of The Celtic Connection newspaper that the IBSBC was established.
As a registered non-profit with the Province of British Columbia since 1992, the ISBSC has been a lifeline for many in the Vancouver Irish community facing hardship, while also serving its mandate to support local arts and culture.
In 2020, the IBSBC launched the first annual Brigid Festival (Lá Féile Bríde) with the support of the Consulate General of Ireland, Vancouver.
It is thanks to our generous supporters that we were able to present our inaugural event at Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre in February 2020.
Last year, owing to the pandemic restrictions the festival was moved online. The week-long program in 2021 made one of the largest Brigid Festival in the world.
Now in it's third year, we are absolutely delighted that we can present the 2022 Brigid Festival in a virtual format again with registration is open to participants in Vancouver, Ireland and across the world.
Our festival offers a wide range of voices and viewpoints with many inspiring and thought-provoking insights into the goddess and saint known as Brigid. While she represents the creativity of women, we welcome men to join us and register for any and all of our sessions.
In recognition of those sponsors who helped establish the 2020 Festival, we would like to acknowledge the following for their support over the past few years:
The Consulate General Ireland, Vancouver
The Irish Women’s Network
The Wolf & Hound
The Irish Heather
Trans Cold Distribution Ltd.
Orchard Recovery Centre
The Legal Alternative
Simon Fraser University
The Sylvia Hotel