Celebrate International Women's Day 2021 with a series of free online events, on Sat 6 Mar
Restorative mindfulness and breathing
With Amanda Evans
Amanda's class will set the tone for a positive day. You will be encouraged to work within your body and mind’s limitations, accepting yourself today with compassion. Within this restorative class you can expect to meet some physical challenge but with curiosity and interest. No previous experience of yoga is required but please do ensure you can move and engage in the session safely.
Amanda is a Brighton based write, yoga teacher and poet. Amanda Suzanne Evans also known as Ama, is a senior yoga teacher holding ELDER status with the Independent Yoga Network (5000 hours). She has over 35 years experience of teaching and facilitating in dance, body conditioning, yoga and movement medicine©. British Wheel of Yoga trained and registered she is also a qualified Aromatherapist.
No booking required – turn up at 10am
Join Zoom Meeting at 10am
Meeting ID: 845 358 1901
'The Impact of COVID-19 on Women' - Brighton Women's Centre Panel Discussion
Brighton Women's Centre's annual International Women's Day festival is a staple of Brighton Dome's calendar.
This year, we're hosting an online panel discussion 'The Impact of COVID-19 on Women' chaired by BWC's Director, Lisa Dando. Four inspiring female leaders will be sharing their experiences, ideas, and solutions to the negative impact of the pandemic – both in Brighton and beyond. The panel discussion will close with a Q&A.
Mary-Ann Stephenson – Director, Womens Budget Group
Anita Johal -Black and Minoritised Communities Domestic Abuse Worker, RISE UK
Harriet Braithwaite – social researcher, recently completed an MA on the impact of COVID-19 on BWC and its service users
Mandu Reid – Leader of the Women's Equality Party.
Women Artists - #choosetochallenge discussion
3pm–4pm | BSL/English Sign Language Interpreted by Sue MacLaine
Hosted by Charlotte Vincent (Vincent Dance Theatre) and three guest artists. There are a number of challenges to the careers of women artists - the political environment, childcare issues, enforced domesticity of COVID era and more when we consider intersectional identities. With the impact of COVID still present and looking at the theme of International Women's Day what can we #choosetochallenge and make better for the next generations of artist? This discussion will include opportunities for viewers to ask questions and make suggestions.
Anna Jefferson Winging It Book Reading and Q&A
Brighton-based author Anna Jefferson will be reading an extract from her debut novel, followed by a Q&A. Winging It, published by Orion in 2020, has been described as a ‘hilarious and relatable story of early motherhood’.
Emily is sure she's getting this baby stuff all wrong. Why does everyone else look like they're smashing motherhood when she's barely made it out of her maternity leggings and out of the house? Her other half tries to say all the right things (can't he just keep making her toast?). Her mum is brilliant (but on the other side of the country). Her two new mum-friends seem to feel like misfits too, but there's really just one person she wants to open up to . . . only Emily hasn't spoken to her for fifteen years.
Lonely but not alone, Emily's about to discover that when you're starting a family, what you really need are your friends.
'If you've ever felt like everyone else knows what they're doing when it comes to their baby while you struggle to change a nappy, then this hilarious and all-too-relatable novel is for you!' Fabulous
Writing Around The Kids Workshop
Creative writing workshop for mothers
Join novelist Anna Jefferson and writer Sam Johnson for a creative writing workshop aimed at mothers of young children. The thirty-minute online workshop is for writers of all abilities, and an opportunity for mothers to have a quick creative injection outside of family life.
Anna and Sam are launching Writing Around the Kids in partnership with New Writing South as a course for mothers in Crawley. They intend to roll out the project in other regions, so do check out the website and get in touch with them if you’d like to get involved. writingaroundthekids.co.uk
The Telephone Theatre: ‘You don’t Know Me But...’
‘You Don’t know me Duck. You don’t know me. But I reckon we’ve met before.’
Meet Vick. Care giver, Mother, Partner and Daughter. You’ve almost certainly walked past her in the street, stood behind her in a queue or driven past her in your car. Today, take the time to delve a little deeper. Experience a day in her life. Hear her thoughts and feelings as a busy day at work slowly uncovers a deeply buried memory of care.
This intimate one-woman audio play is performed live over the phone, giving audience members a unique and moving theatre experience in their own homes at a time when live face-to-face theatre performance is not possible.
Using live music, live foley, beautiful writing and immersive sound effects this is a unique approach to socially distanced theatre.
Mid Life: The Skin We’re In
A short film by Diverse City
Watch on YouTube, all day Sat 6 Mar (available with captions and Audio Description)
‘This skin is my surface – my rind - and I am the fruit, still juicy inside.’ From the team that brought you the OFFIE winning play, Mid Life, comes a new short film.
A poetic look at how to celebrate, survive and thrive in your own skin. This vital, uplifting film explores the expectations we place on women’s bodies, and how we can rise through them to a deeper appreciation of ourselves.
Created by Jackie Beckford, Claire Hodgson and Karen Spicer
Directed by Lucy Richardson
Produced by Grace Okereke
With original music by Kandaka Moore
Cinematography by Monika Jastrzębska
From our partners and friends:
Not On My Watch
Not On My Watch is a project from the Old Police Cells Museum, situated beneath Brighton Town Hall. There are a series of free online films about strong women in Sussex who have been in the police, or in the hands of the police! The film series is aimed at domestic violence shelter groups to watch during lockdown but can be viewed by anyone.
Written by volunteers, these films cover a broad range of female experiences concerning the police:
Mary Hare (1866-1945)
Christiana Edmunds: the Chocolate Cream Killer
Queer Suffragettes: Censorship and Opposing the Law
The 1960s - pioneers of the “Petticoat Patrol”
100 Years of Women Policing in Sussex
This project was made possible by an emergency grant from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund.