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St. Brigid's Day 2020 Vancouver

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Simon Fraser University - Vancouver Campus

515 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

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VANCOUVER – The Irish Benevolent Society of B.C. in association with Simon Fraser University and the Irish Women's Network announces St. Brigid's Festival in Vancouver.

Féile Bríde is a full day academic and cultural event dedicated to the celebration of the women of Ireland, through the medium of Brigid – Ireland's triple goddess and matron Saint.

The daytime program features workshops such as “Yours Always: Irish Women Writing the Diaspora” presented by Professor Dara Culhane from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.

The workshop and performance will share how Irish women as writers and readers of letters home maintain enduring connections over time; creating the ties that bind and bridging the lines that divide.

Exhibits will include ‘HerStory’ the Irish women's storytelling project, which uncovers forgotten and fascinating women's stories from history, mythology and contemporary culture.

Attendees can also participate in a St. Brigid's cross making workshop taught by Irish-Canadian artist, Deirdre Keohane.

The evening portion features refreshments and keynote speaker Ailbhe Smyth; an Irish feminist, socialist and LGBT activist listed as one of Time magazine's most influential people of 2019.

Ailbhe Smyth has been instrumental in the success of recent referendums aimed at moving Irish society towards modernity and inclusiveness.

Ruth Negga writes of Ailbhe and her activist colleagues in Time Magazine “It was breathtaking to witness the determination, intelligence and sheer hard work of its leaders Grainne Griffin, Ailbhe Smyth and Orla O'Connor, who mobilized people of all different backgrounds in the lead-up to the vote. They put the experiences of women and the needs of their country first.”

A presentation by Ailbhe is inspiring, emotive and not to be missed.

Coinciding with the traditional festival of St. Brigid's day, Féile Bríde takes place on Saturday February 1, 2020 at Simon Fraser University Harbour Campus in Downtown Vancouver.

Updates on Féile Bríde will be posted to Irish Benevolent Society of B.C. Facebook page. For further information contact: Maura De Freitas (Publisher/Editor, The Celtic Connection) by e-mail: mauradefreitas1@gmail.com or (778) 238-1522.

Admission is free but advance registration is required.

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