YES Festival

New multi-arts event – YES Festival – to take place in Derry-Londonderry

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Arts Over Borders Ireland is to produce a new multi-arts event called YES Festival. The event will take place from June 13-16 and see women artists from across Europe travel to Ireland, to present work in venues and public spaces across Derry-Londonderry and north Donegal. Aimed at people of all ages and backgrounds, the programme will include theatre, dance, visual arts, installations, film, writing, photography, textiles, circus, music, rap and song.

The YES Festival is inspired by the character Molly Bloom, who features in James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses. The final episode of Joyce’s novel is entirely made up of Bloom’s monologue, which begins and ends with the word “yes” and has inspired many artists, including the likes of Kate Bush, with her single The Sensual World.

The festival is the culmination of ULYSSES European Odyssey, an unprecedented international project supported through Creative Europe, which since 2022 has seen partners in 18 cities in 16 countries across Europe take Joyce’s novel as the starting point to explore contemporary issues.

The YES Festival is produced and curated by Arts Over Borders Ireland, which has received co-funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs Ireland.