Evanna Lynch to Speak at SHINE Festival to Empower Young Irish Women

Due to the pandemic, the Irish nonprofit female empowerment organization the Shona Project had to cancel all of its major events. To compensate for the cancellations, the Shona Project, along with several youth radio stations, has announced its third SHINE Festival, which will be held entirely online. Touted as the “biggest gathering of inspirational Irish females ever,” the online event will feature over 80 speakers, one of them being Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch.

Taking place over three days, the SHINE Festival will commence on March 8, 2021, to coincide with International Women’s Day. The conference aims to gather and celebrate Irish girls and young women, featuring speakers discussing various topics, including mental health, social issues, individuality, sports, and arts. Individual tickets are free of charge but with the option to donate to the Shona Project. All donations will be invested back into the Shona Project’s mission to “educate, empower and inspire Irish girls to become tomorrow’s strong, resilient and confident young women.” Secondary schools in Ireland can sign up for the SHINE Festival completely free of charge. Event organizers will work with teachers to ensure ease of accessibility for students whether they’re in the classroom or remote.



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Aside from Evanna, other inspirational women will also be in attendance, including Irish broadcast journalist Angela Scanlon on hosting duties, politician Holly Cairns, and television personality Laura Whitmore.

CEO and founder of the Shona Project Tammy Darcy intimated that during these distressing times, young women are in need of inspiration that the SHINE Festival provides.

Like everyone else, the young women we work with have been hugely affected by Covid; they are feeling more stressed, isolated and anxious than ever before. SHINE allows us to provide them with the inspiration they need right now and invites them to become part of an empowering movement of women who are strong, resilient and positive.

The Shona Project is a nonprofit organization and movement that educates, inspires, and celebrates Irish girls and young women by visiting schools to create support systems to encourage and validate. The Shona Project’s social media pages post and share various messages of positivity and encouragement multiple times a day, every day.



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If you would like to attend the SHINE Festival, you can sign up on Eventbrite. If you’d like for your school to sign up, you can contact the Shona Project directly.

Evanna Lynch recently announced her memoir to be released this September. What inspirational tales do you suppose will be included in her book?

Do you plan on attending the SHINE Festival? Do you think that Evanna will use this opportunity to preview stories that will make it into her memoir? Let us know in the comments.


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Adam Poncharoensub

"Hogwarts is my home!" is a phrase that I've uttered more times than any sane person should (and my long-suffering friends can attest to it.) For as long as I can remember, I've always found myself escaping reality into the wizarding world to feel at peace. Instead, I'm more likely wandering the suburbs of South Florida shouting choice "Harry Potter" and Batman quotes at unsuspecting victims.

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