The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland, invites the public to join in celebrating the contributions and achievements of women past and present on February 1st for Brigit 2022: Dublin City Celebrating Women.
Drawing inspiration from the Celtic goddess Brigit, associated with creativity and wisdom, and the traditional Gaelic festival of Imbolc, this exciting new programme of events is a city-wide opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Irish women through the ages, highlight their stories, promote their immense contribution to our society and welcome the beginning of Spring! Its inaugural programme spans inspiring films, compelling tours, rousing debates, insightful interviews and a stunning performance of songs and stories with some of Ireland’s most mesmerising performers in a SPRING RISE Brigit 2022 concert featuring Imelda May, FELISPEAKS, Sibéal Ní Chasaide and Tolü Makay in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin 2.
Smashing Times were delighted to be invited to take part in this exciting event, and will share three works highlighting powerful women from the past and present. ‘Tell Them our Names’ is a short film which presents imagined re-creation of moments from the lives of five powerful women during WWII recalling moments of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against Fascism and totalitarianism and refused to accept oppression. Women’s stories that have inspired the film are Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Germany; Mary Elmes (1908-2002) from Ireland; Maria Eugenia Jasińska (1906-43) from Poland; Neus Català Pallejà (915-2) from Spain; and Dolores Ibárruri, or La Pasionaria (1895-1989), from Spain.
‘Mary Elmes’ is a short interview with Mary Moynihan, who describes the incredible life and work of this courageous Cork woman, who saved hundreds of Jewish children’s lives during WWII.
‘Don’t See Any Lines’ is a song and music video by Hilary Bow, which was released on World Refugee Day 2019 to increase awareness of the de-humanising treatment of asylum seekers across Europe.
View the full Brigit 2022 programme here: https://dublin.ie/whats-on/brigit/
View Powerful Women from the Past and Present here: https://smashingtimes.ie/collection-of-womens-stories/