Last year, I wrote a post rounding up the many and varied events happening in the Bristol area for International Women’s Day (March 8). It was phenomenally popular so I’m doing another one for 2015. This post will be regularly updated as I hear about events. If your event is not mentioned here, please post info about it in the comment section and I will add it into the body of the post.
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Who do you write for and what do you write about? In the theatre, there are proportionately far more male writers and directors than female, yet there are more female actors looking for work in the industry. For one evening, Hecate Theatre brings together five panellists from different backgrounds in the worlds of theatre and feminism to present and converse on what it means to write as a woman, for women, and about women.
One of the reasons for launching What The Frock! Comedy back in January 2012 was to celebrate and nurture new female comedians. So it produces a bi-monthly night showcasing new acts, as well as new material from more established comedians. Hosted by one of their two resident comperes, Cerys Nelmes (Fubar Radio host, Funny Women finalist 2012), New Kids On The Frock! is Bristol's very best new material / new talent night. In February, the line-up will feature Sooz Kempner, Harriet Dyer, Rachel Fairburn and Dotty Winters.
Three of the British folk scene’s finest, most formidable and forthright female acts take to the stage to celebrate International Women’s Day. The exquisitely harmonic songwriting duo and BBC 6 Music favourites O’Hooley & Tidow will be joined by the enchanting BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Finalists Lady Maisery and the irrepressible Leicester songwriter, activist and performer Grace Petrie. A rare opportunity to experience these thought provoking, heartfelt, entertaining and enthralling women.
This IWD all-day event is for women to come together to celebrate Bristol women’s achievements and to make new connections across our communities and networks. The day includes discussions and debates, spotlight speakers, performances, stalls, workshops and much more.
Join in with celebrating International Women's Day 2015 for a night of talks, music and great women! Speakers will include Angela Jarquín, a Nicaraguan Fairtrade cocoa producer, and local women's football team Easton Cowgirls presenting a short film on their recent visit to Palestine. There will also be performances from some of Bristol finest young singer-songwriters from the Gathering Voices pool of talent, and stalls from Fairtrade producers Zaytoun and Palestinian women's co-operatives.
Radical Funnyism is a benefit night raising funds for all four rape crisis centres across the South west from Gloucestershire to Cornwall. Compered by Cerys Nelmes, comedians tonight are Kate Smurthwaite, Sara Pascoe and Shazia Mirza.
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IWD Big Brekkie has become a landmark Bristol event. Around 100 women step away from their desks to celebrate with women across the world. As entrepreneurs and business women they collect donations for Deki – Bristol’s microloan and training charity helping women work their way out of poverty. Relaxed informal networking.
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The two-day festival returns to the city on March 14-15 to celebrate the work of women writers. The programme features award-winning novelist and short story writer Michele Roberts, writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo, poet and filmmaker Annemarie Jacir, and activists and writers Beatrix Campbell and Caroline Criado-Perez: some of the most influential and vibrant writers working today.
Hosted by the irrepressibly popular Jayde Adams (Funny Women winner 2014, London Cabaret Awards winner 2014), who is one of What The Frock!'s two resident MCs, the night brings you the best in female comedy talent. In March the line-up features London Hughes, Gabby Best and Evelyn Mok.