International Women's Day Celebration 2023
This event will be British Sign Language interpreted by Kim Wyer (all day) and Sue MacLaine (panel discussion only).
Brighton Women's Centre, Brighton Dome and Brighton Museum come together again for our annual International Women's Day Celebration.
Join us for a day of uplifting and inclusive discussions, workshops, talks, arts and crafts, music, dance, causes and campaigns.
Everyone is welcome – all ages and all communities together!
Find out more about events taking place below:
Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Sing Your Heart Out
Aneesa Chaudhry (Musical Director of Rainbow Chorus) leads her hugely popular IWD singing workshop. Self-identifying Women only.
1.30 – 2.30pm
Bollywood Dance Performance
Enjoy the joy and skill of Bollywood dancing. Four dance routines performed to different types of modern Bollywood music by the Hangleton and Knoll Multi Cultural Women’s Group.
2.45 – 3.05pm
Brighton Dome Founders Room East
SHIFT – a creative conversation
Artists Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin have been working with a group of women from BWC on a project to explore ideas about how things shift in our lives and how we respond to this.
10.30 – 11.30am
Filmmaking as a Disabled Filmmaker in an Ableist World. Q&A with Ella Bee Glendining
Brighton-based Writer/Director Ella Glendining shows clips from her recent feature documentary ‘Is There Anybody Out There?’ and holds a Q&A.
11.45am – 12.30pm | BSL Interpreted
Why Do We Need To Talk About Menstrual Health?
Chi Eziefula is a medical doctor who combines hands-on clinical care with academic research in global health. She talks about gender inequity in medicine and her work on menstrual health, with cross-disciplinary women scientists from Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and the UK.
12.45 – 1.30pm
Brighton Dome Founders Room West
Phases of You
Come and learn about the four distinct phases of the menstrual cycle and the moon through the archetypal characterisations of Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.
10.30 – 11.15am
Belski’s Comedy Writing Workshop
An introduction to comedy writing for the beginner. Self-identifying women only.
11.30am – 12.30pm
Who Walks This Path
An interactive story with audience participation and improvisation based around our “Who Walks This Path” song and story about loss and community, our human need for connection and the pain and humour of the journey.
12.45 – 1.30pm
Brighton Dome Founders Room
Join us as we celebrate the Charleston for being the first dance women could do solo!
2.15 – 3pm
Yoga: Invoking your Inner Goddess
In this 45 minute Vinyasa Flow Yoga workshop I introduce the goddess Kali who represents transformation, power and fierceness! Please bring your own mat.
3.15 – 4pm
Mezzanine (Door 4)
Phonics with Robot Reg Minis
Practise listening skills at the Ready, Steady, Go Disco, learn new vocabulary through our role play games and have fun blending sounds together with our cheeky mascot, Robot Reg! Suitable for 12 – 30 months.
10.30 – 11am
Phonics with Robot Reg Preschool
Fun, active and educational classes designed to support your child’s development. Suitable for 2.5 to 4 years.
11.15 – 11.45am
Navigating Sexual Spaces as a Young Woman
Unzipped Theatre lead a reflective and participatory workshop that looks at societal perceptions and messaging around sex, sex education, and asks how we best support today’s young people. Suitable for 14+
12 – 1.15pm
Performance Pazazz – From Stage Fright to Presentation Confidence
Whether you perform on stage or present online, stage fright affects even the most seasoned performers. By focussing on what you enjoy, you can increase your ‘happy hormones’ and feel more at ease when expressing yourself.
1.30 – 2.30pm
The Women's Movement Through The Prism of War in Ukraine
Vita Kostuchenko presents a monologue about her personal experiences as a Ukrainian refugee and the women’s movement in a historical context through the prism of war in Ukraine.
2:45 – 3:45pm
Drawversity is a life model class that focuses on introducing more people in the BPOC community to the world of life modelling. The class is structured to tutor the model so you – as the artist – can get an insight to what it is to be a Life model.
10.30 – 11.30am
What is Sex? An Intergenerational Conversation on Female Pleasure, Sex and Intimacy
Nikki, The Sex Ed Club’s lead facilitator will provide a punchy exploration of how sex is framed for women in our modern society. Self-identifying women only.
12 – 12.30pm
CANCELLED The Importance of Health in Domestic Violence and Abuse Issues
A discussion surrounding different types of domestic abuse, how domestic violence is connected to health, the healthcare sector’s strategy around domestic violence and ways in which issues in this area can be addressed.
1 – 1.30pm
Panel Discussion: Women and The Cost of Living Crisis
Join chair, Lisa Dando and our expert panel to discuss how the cost-of-living crisis negatively affects women, how intersections of identity affect women’s experiences through this time, and what we as a society can do to further support women.
2.15 – 3.45 | BSL Interpreted
ToyBox Early Years is back at IWD with their area for children and their carers to enjoy together. Activities for all ages ranging from 0 – 12yrs will be taking place throughout the day.
Cultural Sharing Area
This is a space where different women (and their children) can come together and share and show our cultures and connections around the world. Come and enjoy a chat whilst channelling your creative energy!
Eva Quantica VR
Maf’j Alvarez imagines entering a surrealist painting in her virtual reality experience Eva Quantica, The experience lasts 20 minutes with a choice of comfort settings for those who may suffer from motion sickness. Information and onboarding for this experience can be found in the Foyer. Suitable for 13+
Miss Represented x Inkibit
Miss Represented teams up with creative collective Inkibit to bring you Almost Home. An immersive VR experience from a female perspective, encountering echoes of everyday life and reflections on safety, home and what happens when the lights go down. Information and onboarding for this experience can be found in the Foyer.
- BWC Information Stall
- The Feminist Bookshop
- Republic of Music
- Another Way Women’s Foundation
- Network of International Women
- Hangleton and Knoll Multi-Cultural Women’s Group
- Brighton and Hove Women’s History Group
- Amnesty International Brighton & Hove Branch
- Albion in the Community
- The Girl’s Network
- Survivor’s Network
We're also celebrating International Women's Day with stalls at the Unitarian Church in New Road (BN1 1UF) just five minutes walk from Brighton Dome.
Spaces are limited and are expected to be in great demand.
Registration will open 30 minutes before each session is due to start. Register with a BWC volunteer outside the room where the workshop or talk will take place. Workshops are on a pay as you feel basis – suggested donation £5 towards our work supporting vulnerable women.
Brighton Women's Centre in partnership with Brighton Dome and Brighton Museum