Celebrating International Women's Day and beyond at Brighton Dome this spring

Since 1911, across the globe we’ve been gathering to celebrate women on Sun Mar 8, but it doesn’t stop there - we’ve got a whole host of events lined up for the upcoming spring season at Brighton Dome.

This Sun Mar 8 celebrates International Women’s Day, which commemorates the achievements of women and calls for greater equality. 'International Women's Day is a great opportunity to highlight the continued challenges faced by women and girls across the world – at home and abroad' Antonia Kirkland of the international human rights organisation Equality Now tells IBTimes UK.

On Sat 7 Mar the Brighton Women’s Centre hosts a whole day of fun free entertainment including stalls and workshops based in our Café Bar (11am to 5pm) as well as a lively debate with the theme Make it Happen to encourage effective action for advancing and recognising women around the world.

Ever thought about the social pressure put on women to look a certain way? We host Liking What We See a panel discussion and debate on the issues surrounding female body image (Sun 8 Mar, 3pm) We also have the Rites of Passage Exhibition (Mon 9 to Sun 15 Mar, 10am-5pm) in our Founders Room. The exhibition focuses around a Brighton based embodied leadership development programme for young women involving dance and the expressive arts and how it has helped them.

In collaboration with Sick! Festival we showcase two pieces of thought-provoking theatre - Edit Kaldor’s UK Premiere of Woe, which explores the difficulty of talking about abuse (Thu 19 Mar, 8pm) and Nirbhaya by Yael Farber hailed as, 'One of the most powerful and urgent pieces of human rights theatre ever made’ (The Herald) See Nirbhaya on Tue 10 and Wed 11 Mar, 8pm.

Derby Theatre and Caroline Horton present Penelope RETOLD on Thu 26 Mar, 7.30pm. Made from contributions from current soldiers and military spouses, the performance presents a night of comedy, music and tales of love and woe.

By Charlotte Newell