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Thursday 13 June 2024 to Sunday 16 June 2024
Derry and North-East Donegal

British Council Ireland are delighted to be supporting Ulysses European Odyssey as it comes to the end of its two year journey through Europe. As part of Episode 18 in Derry/Donegal, Ulysses European Odyssey will be hosting an international multi-disciplinary celebration of women’s creativity, inspired by James Joyce’s most famous female character, Molly Bloom.

The YES Festival will be Ireland’s inaugural all women artists festival, a cross border and cross community programme of events taking place in Derry and north-east Donegal, June 13-16, 2024 and inspired by the final Episode 18 (Penelope) of Ulysses, more familiarly known as Molly’s Soliloquy. 

YES Festival is the culmination of Ulysses European Odyssey 2022-2024, an unprecedented Creative Europe project across 18 European cities and is the concept of its Lead Artistic Partner, Arts Over Borders Ireland (which is co-funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs Ireland). Its programme has seen literary museums, activist community organisations, artists from the visual arts, film and theatre along with festivals of photography, light and literature take Joyce’s novel as the starting point to explore contemporary issues, from migration to the environment, disability to mental well-being and democracy to The Future: A Female Vision; the theme set for its grand finale in Ireland.

British Council Ireland will be working with Ulysses European Odyssey to bring the learnings from the project to The CoMuseum Conference in Athens in December. Here, co-creators of the project, Seán Doran and Liam Browne from Arts Over Borders, along with witer Kerri Ní Dochartaigh will be sharing their reflections on all 18 Episodes of the project.