International Women's Day
Past Event
Talks & Debate

International Women's Day Celebration

Mon 28 Nov 2016

Get involved, get radical, be inspired...

Brighton Dome, Brighton Women’s Centre and Brighton Museum join forces to present our annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Bursting with activities, with gender equality firmly on the agenda, join us for a marketplace of ideas alongside a specially curated programme of inspiring speakers, activists and innovators, workshops, arts & crafts, causes and campaigns, with fun for all the family. Everyone is welcome – all ages, all communities together.International Women's Day Brighton website

Full programme
Women only events are open to ALL self-identifying women

All Day, Brighton Dome Cafe bar - Communal Quilting: Join SmallHillArts to make a communal, unconventional patchwork quilt.

All Day, Brighton Dome Mezzanine bar - Cultural Sharing

All Day, Brighton Museum Art Room - Children's Area: The Early Childhood Project host a dynamic and nurturing children’s area for children and their carers to enjoy together. There will be activities for a range of ages from 0 – 12, plus plenty for parents and carers to browse and talk about.

All Day, Brighton Museum Lab: Wonder Women

All Day, Brighton Museum Lunch Room: Brighton Women's Centre Drop-in Space (women only) - For the first time ever they are providing a safe, nurturing environment for all self-identified women at International Women’s Day. The space will be free to access and experienced BWC staff and volunteers will offer support and a kind ear, information about specialist organisations, or simply company.

10am - 4pm, Brighton Museum: Virgin Territory Workspace - Take a moment to reflect and make something in response to how our highly digitized, porn-infused culture is affecting young people’s identities, personal choices and relationships.

10.30am - 11.15am: Sing Your Heart Out with Aneesa Chaudhry! (women only) - No judgement, even from yourself. Just a chance to get together with women from all around and to use that voice of yours to sing, have fun and make some new friends.

10.30am - 11.30am, Brighton Museum Seminar Room: Heritage Voices, Women Write - Poet Evlynn Sharp will facilitate this workshop and encourage everyone to write from the heart of ourselves; to write through our daring, our courage, our vulnerability; to share our words in community, in hope, and in tribute to creative freedom.

11am - 11.30am, Brighton Museum Education Pavilion: Feminism in Theory with Simi Dosekun - Simi, a Nigerian feminist, makes a case for why feminism needs theory, but also more. By drawing on examples from black and African feminist thinking, she will take us through some of the ways in which theory can sharpen our activist practice.

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm, Brighton Museum: Walking Talking Curator on the hour every hour, from 11-3 - Pop up talks with Dr Alexandra Loske, looking at paintings brought out specially from the museum store, by Dame Laura Knight, Angelica Kauffmann, amongst others. (meet in museum foyer)

11.30am & 2.30pm, Brighton Museum: Discover the Women of Brighton with tour guide Louise Peskitt - Explore the important women of Brighton’s history with a walking tour of the Royal Pavilion Estate (approximately 45 minutes long).

11.45am - 12.45pm, Brighton Dome Mezzanine Landing: Women's Self Defence (Women Only) - Time to get active and equip yourself with some valuable self defence skills at the same time. Anna’s class is designed to be fun and can be taken at a pace suitable to you.

11.45 - 12.15pm, Brighton Museum Education Pavilion: A Beginner’s Guide to Intersectionality with Arianne Shavisi - Arianne Shavisi will introduce the idea of intersectionality, which simply means that feminists should consider the many different, interlinked ways in which people are affected by the way our society operates.

11.45am – 1pm, Brighton Museum: Open Space Discussion with Brighton Women’s Centre - Sophie Gibson of Brighton Women’s Centre invites you to join our Open Space Discussion: What does it mean to be a Feminist in the twenty first century?

12pm – 5pm, Brighton Museum Seminar Room: Complementary Therapies (Women Only) - Maja Jordan and her team will be offering a range of low cost complementary therapies including Indian Head Massage and Reiki.

12pm – 1.45pm, Brighton Museum Old Courtroom: In Conversation: Women and Photography - Join renowned photographers Marilyn Stafford and Nina Emett as they each present a selection of photographs from their work based on the theme of women, hosted by Miniclick facilitator, Jim Stephenson.

12pm – 2pm, Lunch with Real Junk Food Project: Come and fill your bellies at IWD with the most delicious AND ethically sourced food.

12.30pm – 1pm, Brighton Museum Education Pavilion: Travelling Alone with Laura Barton - Join Laura Barton as she talks about her experiences of travelling alone as a woman" Education Pavilion

1pm – 2pm, Brighton Museum Lab: Zine Making Workshop - Anyone can make a zine. You don’t need a computer, fancy programming, or super cool contacts. You just need something to say, and some materials with which to express that!

1.15pm – 1.30pm, Brighton Museum: Staging The Female Experience with Charlotte Vincent - Vincent talks about why her work interrogates gender stereotypes, power, violence and pornography and discusses the need for women’s stories to be heard to counter the insidious sexism and creative bravado that seems to persists within our culture and beyond.

1.15pm – 1.45pm, Brighton Museum Education Pavilion: Leap In with Alexandra Heminsley - Alex discusses her latest book, LEAP IN

2pm - 2.30pm, Brighton Museum Education Pavilion: Fat Bodies with Mathilda Gregory - Mathilda Gregory is a writer and a performer who makes work about bodies and popular culture. She is the most famous author of werewolf erotica in the world.

2pm – 3.30pm, Brighton Dome Concert Hall: Panel Discussion: Do We Need Women Only Spaces? - Join our panellists Katharine Sacks-Jones, Lisa Dando, Natasha Scott, Caroline Lucas MP, Larissa Kennedy, and Sophie Heawood.

2.45pm - 3.15pm, Brighton Museum Fashion & Style Gallery: Helen McCookery: Women in Punk - Helen Reddington, aka musician and writer ‘Helen McCookerybook’ lifts the lid on women in the punk scene.

2.45pm - 3.45pm, Brighton Museum Education Pavilion: Blog to Express, not to Impress – Join Brighton Girl editors Pippa and Sofaya for a workshop encouraging you to break all of the rules you’ve heard about blogging and do it your own way.

3.30pm – 4pm, Brighton Dome Café Bar: Raffle Prize Giving

4pm – 5pm, Brighton Dome Concert Hall: Miss Represented Sharing