The convention is a whacky, ginger-loving celebration of everything to do with red hair. Every summer for the past six years the small coastal village of Crosshaven has turned into a glorious sea of ginger, as thousands of redheads gather from all over the world for this unique Irish festival of fiery hair, freckles, and frolics.
Carrot-tossing, ginger speed-dating, freckle-counting, group photoshoots, a redhead parade, cinema screenings, certificates of genuine foxiness, and the coronation of the Redhead King and Queen are just some of the colorful events that take place.
The convention, which began is a friendly joke between proud redheaded siblings Joleen and Denis Cronin, is also a fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society with 20% of ticket fees, as well as the proceeds from other fundraising activities, such as an outdoor yoga session, being donated to the national charity for cancer care, research and support in Ireland. So slap on lots of sunscreen, stay in the shade and protect fair redhead skin from sun damage this summer.
Red hair is the rarest of hair colors and accounts for just 0.6% of the global population. Ireland has the second highest per capita population of redheads at 10%, next only to Scotland at 13%. Redheads are estimated to be 2% of the population of the United States. So get to the Irish Redhead Convention and meet your fellow rare red gems.
Highlights of this year’s convention include a seminar by Jackie Collis Harvey, author of “RED: a complete history of the natural redhead,” whose book will be launched in Ireland just in time for the festivities. The convention will also host a panel discussion with successful redheads in business including Tristan Rogers, publisher of international redhead art magazine MC1R and Emma Kelly-Campbell, blogger at Ginger Parrot and the campaign manager behind the quest to include ginger emojis in Apple’s iPhone release.
Central to the convention is the Foxygen music stage, reserved just for gingers. Among the redhead performers are Ginger Nutz, a trad band from the west of Ireland made up entirely of natural redheads; ginger-fronted West Cork band The Baby Cheeses and a passionate group of local women, Crosshaven Ukuladies. The red-headline act for the weekend is much loved and highly acclaimed Irish jazz and blues singer Mary Coughlan.
The on-site redhead cinema will include short movie screenings all about red hair, including the US comedic web series “Redheads Anonymous” and the award-winning Irish language short, “Rubaí.”
There will also be a family friendly event catering to all ages. Kids can enjoy the Kids Zone, Carrot-Tossing, Scavenger Hunt and the Gingerbread Man Party, among so many others.
In addition to the most coveted titles of King and Queen of the Redheads there are 19 titles are also up for grabs including Best Red Dog, Best Red Beard and Best Red Family.
This year’s convention takes place from August 21 to 23. For a the full program of events and to red-gister for your ticket visit redheadconvention.ie.