We have a dream: to bravely explore our world in a new way.
So we are taking Ireland through a rite of passage.
We invite you on this journey with us through time and space crossing many cultural thresholds from our ancient past to our potential future.
This is an excavation of collective happenings and experiences that have shaped us on this island and beyond. We believe that Rites of Passage is a powerful platform to host big conversations about the world we live in and we are passionate about making this happen.
Rites of Passage is brought to you by The Trailblazery. We are an Irish collective who like to create social experiences that make meaningful connections happen. We host people from different walks of life with sharp minds and open hearts. We seek out unusual spaces, host established and emerging voices, weave curious themes and join these converging dots as one big conversation starter. We believe in empowering people with brilliant projects and ideas to blaze beautiful trails.
Since our first Trailblaze in October 2011 we have hosted hundreds of DIY activists, visionaries, critical thinkers, artists, musicians, scientists, social entrepreneurs, provocateurs and pioneers. We have toured Ireland, inhabiting abandoned buildings, historic landmark venues, a courthouse, churches, fields and forgotten spaces. We have collaborated with Galway Arts Festival, Body & Soul, Cork Midsummer Festival and now Dublin Fringe Festival. We couldn’t have done this without you.
The Rites of Passage Project is taking Trailblaze to the next level.
We need funding to make this dream come true and bring together this constellation of stellar people in September.
With your support we will present our wildest adventure yet.
• 3 extraordinary trailblaze nights: Evolving Our Past, State of The Nation and Tourguides to The Future
• 4 international Hedge Schools and a Sunday Service featuring some of the most exciting provocateurs in the world today
• Participants from Australia, Canada, US, Greece, Iceland, UK & Ireland
• A bespoke children’s choir with Nina Hynes and over 100 kids
• A host of brilliant musicians and performers
• An online platform to develop our reach and scale our digital impact enabling us to connect us with a global audience . We believe The Trailblazery can impact how Ireland is perceived internationally.
Speakers committed to the project:
John Fox (UK), Matthew Fox (US), Maria Scordialos (Greece), Vanessa Reid (Canada), Emeli Paulo (Australia), Abbott Mark Hederman, Lelia Doolan, Colm O’ Gorman, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Tony Griffin, Mamo McDonald, Noeline Kavanagh, Manchán Magan, Ruairí McKiernan, Catriona Crowe, Dylan Haskins, Geoff Fitzpatrick, Dolores Whelan, Rosie O’Reilly, Nóirín Ní Riain, Ali Grehan, Michael Ryan, Soilse Ryan and more.
We need to raise €8500 to fully realize our vision for Rites of Passage.
Your support will cover international flights, accomodation, artist fees, venue hire, production costs, transport, audio recording, website design and the development of our Art of Trailblazing workshops which we want to take around Ireland.
Let’s blaze some trails.
Kathy Scott & Clare Mulvany