A brand-new festival, Féile na mBan – celebrating women in art, history, literature, music and more – will take place in Bundoran this weekend, from February 3 to 6.

Capitalising on the new St. Brigid’s Bank Holiday weekend in the Republic, the festival will see a plethora of female artists and creatives performing and hosting workshops, boot camps and events at venues across the seaside town.

Organisers Niamh Hamill, Linda Connolly, Jenny Hallahan and Fiona Fitzpatrick are looking forward to the inaugural staging of the event.

“The start of February is a time associated with Imbolc, spring, and of course, St. Brigid herself.

“Many of the events are free of charge and we’d like to thank all of those who are hosting one, and those who are helping to organise the festival,” said a festival spokesperson.

Among the events taking place over the weekend will be a series of talks including topics such ‘The Cult of Brigid’, ‘Female Irish Artists of the 20th Century’, and ‘Soil & Surfing’

Well-known Donegal designer Edel MacBride will host a knitting workshop, while a macrame workshop will take place at Buoys and Gulls café.

Other events include a Bootcamp With Marcella event, surfing with Bundoran Surf Co, an art exhibition, an afternoon on networking in the arts with Maura Logue, Herblore and Wise Witchery with Marion Rose McFadden, wellness meditation, sea swimming, poetry readings, and a special movie screening of ‘An Cailín Ciúin’.

Meanwhile, special offers on pamper treatments, restaurant and accommodation deals will also be available.

Live performances will come from critically acclaimed performer SON – aka Susan O’Neill – who will open the festival on the Friday night with a special performance at the Atlantic Apartotel.

Other female performers at venues throughout the town include Jenny Hallahan, The Messages, the Von Tees, Lorraine Walls, Trudy O’Donnell, and Caitie Lynch as well as a number of open music sessions.

The full schedule can be found at www.feilenamban.ie, or by searching for ‘Féile na mBan’ on Facebook and Instagram.