22 Jan THE FEMINIST’S EVENT GUIDE JAN ’18 – MARCH ’18
the feminist's event guide
jan '18 - march '18
get irate, celebrate
Considering recent feminist movements that have been occurring around the world including #metoo, #balancetonporc and #timesup, 2018 looks set to be the year that women everywhere refuse to be ignored.
With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of feminist dates and events (in roughly chronological order) running from now til International Women’s Day to help you join your sisters, resist complacency and continue to prove that the future really is female…
celebrating 100 years of the vote
This year marks 100 years since women in the UK were given the vote as part of the ‘Representation of the People’s Act’.
On January 29th, celebrate in London with actress, poet and comedian Samantha Baines at Rise Up, Women for a very special evening. Along with a dynamic, all-female panel of historians, she’ll be looking back at the lives of women in 1918, the Suffrage Movement and the path to voting equality, as well as discussing how far we have come.Alternatively, from 2nd February, The Museum of London will be holding a free Vote’s For Women exhibition dedicated to all those who fought for women’s suffrage and will display iconic items such as Emmeline Pankhurst’s hunger strike medal.
writings & Readings
Feminists are an verbal and literary bunch. Get yourself on the same page by attending a few book clubs to enhance your own understanding and skill set.
On January 31st in London or February 1st in Manchester, the That’s What She Said book club in London will be hosting a night of spoken word – from slam poetry to comedy – written and performed by women. It’s organised by For Book’s Sake, a volunteer-led initiative to champion women writers.
The Feminist Book Club kicks off again in London on February 2nd to discuss the finest in cult and contemporary feminist literature. The club is led by Feminist BFFs, a London collective which aims to bring academic Feminism together with the current surge of interest in Women’s Rights. The club is open to all readers, and you’re welcome to join in for one month or many.
On February 8th, why not head to Bitch Lit, a monthly book club devoted to new feminist writing and cult classics by women. Join them for endless wine, cheese and irreverent, fun discussion led by literary critic Lucy Scholes and Gower Street’s Elizabeth Morris.
10th February brings the Tate St Ives exhibition inspired by the renowned feminist-author, Virginia Woolf. The exhibition explores feminist perspectives on landscape, domesticity and identity in modern and contemporary art – with works by over 80 artists and includes art from 1850 to present day. It’s on until the 29th April 2018.
creative Empowerment & Personal Development
Empowering ourselves and each other in more personal or intimate formats, especially creatively, can show just as much solidarity as hashtags, public displays and organised marches.
This year, ‘The Best You’ expo at London Olympia on February 16th will host a series called Empowering Women Seminars. The seminars will be held in a dedicated space, include panel discussions and will showcase the leaders and organisations who are opening new horizons in female empowerment, economic growth, political stability and social transformation.
If you’re a feminist creative looking for release, this one’s for you. On February 24th, Liv Wynter invites people of all genders to Bring Your Own Future to her workshop in Slough. Liv is an artist, educator, activist and writer from South London. Her workshop explores different writing exercises that take into consideration personal accountability as a creative person. You’ll create your own set of guidelines or personal manifesto, through which you’ll be able to create new, challenging, and politically aware work.
Creative or not, you’ll love this Feminist Stitching workshop in Coventry on March 3rd where you’ll get to stitch a feminist icon such as Caitlyn, Beyonce, Emmeline, Malala or Belle in this unique session. Embroidery may not the quickest way to create an image, but it shows dedication, perseverance, care, skill, patience and creativity. What better way to show our appreciation to the controversial trailblazers of feminism than to take the time to stitch a likeness of them?
International Women's Day - 8th March 2018
This is the big one, the one which we’re sure this year will be remembered way into the future. There will be loads of awesome events and festivals happening around the world, details of which can be found here. Basically, it’s feminism on acid. Here’s a couple of the best events already announced, and be sure to stay tuned for more as the time draws closer!
To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th the Nasty Women London collective have joined forces with Nasty Women New York, Amsterdam, Lisbon and the North East to celebrate the work of international feminist artists. Expect to see a range of contemporary artwork including photography, sculpture, craft, fine art, and film whilst raising money for End Violence Against Women. Can’t make it on that day? On March 9th, the Liverpool group will be hosting a sister exhibition!
Also on March 8th, Herstory is hosting The Dinner Party, a participatory project that straddles art, activism and education, using feminist art to engage people of all genders with the women’s history that has been systematically left out. Herstory was founded in 2014 by Alice Wroe, guided by the principle ‘If you can’t see it, how can you be it?’ Since then, Herstory sessions have run in educational settings, cultural institutions and social spaces, enabling people of all genders to see themselves in the women history left out.