I’ve poured my heart and soul into this blog post about International Women’s Day for you, and I’m not going to lie I’m really excited to tell you about all the exciting events that are starting tomorrow. This is why I’ve had a change of heart from my weekly scheduled posts going up on a Saturday, I just had to share this information before so you can have everything you need if you’re heading to London for the weekend.
As my readership is 70% female I won’t attempt to mansplain my way through this definition but basically, any bull**** that women have to put up with, is now being explored, chatted about, written about and just generally exposed. The whole campaign this year focuses on the idea of #balanceforbetter to address the issues that create gender inequality and hopefully make those things, something of the past. Women deserve better and we deserve equality, and that’s why I’m so excited to share with you everything I’ve found on the interweb about this incredible campaign.
I’ve scoured the websites, the papers and magazines and today I bring you, the best way to celebrate International Women’s Day in London with all the events so you don’t have to go googling, instead you can just look at everything here. Also for the super high profile events, I have links to more information so if you can’t get tickets to hear Meghan Markle chatting with Annie Lennox, at least we’ll be able to catch up on the info after!
Kicking it off with a company you may have seen all over Instagram the last week, is Seven Dials London. They are running a whole host of events, (See below) and are huge supporters of International Women’s Day as they collaborate with influential women as well as feminist activists. Their events have been running since the 4th but are continuing until Sunday, and I’ve actually won tickets to two of the below so if you’re about let me know!
They have a #Balanceforbetter hub which you can find at 33 Monmouth Street, if you don’t have any tickets but still want to get involved, I’d suggest heading there.
For ticketed events they have a few things going on too so have a look on the website to see what else you can get up to! The two that have caught my eye are;
Tomorrow night at The Covent Garden Hotel they are showing Colette and on Sunday 10th there is a Live Podcast with Scarlett Curtis and Chidera Eggerue (the Slumflower) at The Donmar Warehouse.
The V&A is hosting a talk with designer Norma Kamali at 19:00 tomorrow. She’ll be discussing her career as well as how she wants to change the industry for women. Tickets are £20.00 and include a wine reception.
Another one that is happening tomorrow, Deborah Frances-White will takeover the Barbican to record a live episode of Guilty Feminist in association with The Guardian. It starts at 19:00 tomorrow and you can purchase tickets here.
Raising money for Bloody Good Period, The Bechdel Sound Test is back at Book & Record Bar. There’ll be an opening party on Friday, a Saturday line-up featuring everything from experimental R&B to feminist psychedelic acid punk and on Sunday, a film screening at the West Norwood Picturehouse. To find out more and get your tickets, have a look at the facebook page here.
Women in Focus Festival at the Poplar Union. With the theme of “perception” the festival will be running for three days from the 8th-10th March, made up of talks, cabaret, music and dance. Created by local artists and organisations the Women in Focus Festival, you can find the full schedule here.
The Southbank Centre are running a series of talks that kick off tomorrow with WOW: What now? And Saturday with WOW: What next? They’re hosting everyone from Lily Allen to Munroe Bergdorf as well as talks that centre on Women of the World. There is a full program which you can find here and also book tickets. Each one sounds incredible and if you attend please let me know as I’d love to hear more!
The National Portrait Gallery are getting involved too, sharing the stories of the Unsung Heroines tonight at The National Portrait Gallery as part of their Friday Late series. It’s £10 entry and starts at 19:00 where you can listen to Rt. Hon. Diane Abbott MP, artist Phoebe Boswell as well as Bonnie Greer and moderated by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. To buy tickets and find out more, click here.
On the 9th and 10th March, the Body shop at Truman Brewery is holding a “Celebrate she” weekend. They are running ticketed talks with influencers, pampering sessions, makeovers and workshops, as well as goody bags on offer when you spend a certain amount. Have a look here, if a weekend of beauty takes your fancy!
Gal-dem magazine is run by women and they are throwing a whole weekend of events and workshops with a focus on women in colour. Talks include a chat about how women of colour can succeed in sport with Kim Ngo as well as many more. To get your tickets, click on the link here.
Tomorrow night, the Duchess of Sussex will be chatting away with Annie Lennox as well as Adwoa Aboah and Julia Gillard (only female prime minister of Australia ever). Meghan Markle is a huge advocator for women’s rights as well as empowering women and is known to support a lot of causes and campaigns that further the feminist movement.
If you want to read more about that then click through to the link here, which has all the panellists and other important information. I wish I could attend but I’ve got a crazy Friday night ahead of me overhauling my Pinterest feed.
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Happy International Women’s Day!
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