DUNDEE WOMEN’S FESTIVAL 2018 4th – 17th March
The Dundee Women’s Festival 2018 runs from 4th – 17th March with the theme “A Vote for The Future”. In a year which not only celebrates 100 years since some women were finally given the right to vote, after a long and courageous campaign for equal voting rights, but also the International Year of Young People.
With the Festival comes a perfect opportunity to focus on what women have achieved - as well as looking to the future, and how we build a society where women and girls determine their own future. Programmes for the event are available from local libraries, community centres and other venues throughout Dundee or go to our website www.dundeewomensfestival.org.uk to download the programme.
The Festival is launched at Dundee Contemporary Arts centre on 4th March with Lesley Riddoch talking about ‘Women and Land – Our Secret History’ This event is fully booked - but there are plenty of others to choose from. We’re delighted with the range of events on offer this year, showcasing the rich contributions women make to the life of Dundee. This has only been made possible thanks to the support of our funders: ROSA Woman to Woman Fund, Dundee City Council and Unite the Union.
Throughout the two week run of the Festival, there is something for everyone. There’s lots of interesting speakers giving talks, including world-renowned Forensic Anthropologist, Sue Black, which sold out immediately! For film buffs there’s Angry Inuk at Dundee Contemporary Arts, and a special showing of Hopscotch at Dundee and Angus College. Take the chance to try something new, such as Reiki or a session led by Women’s History Scotland on how to research women’s history. And there are lots of events in the local communities, highlighting the ways in which women can get involved locally. There’s also lots of ways to keep active too - try out dancing with Scottish Dance Theatre, find out about the history of women in Dundee with Dundee Women’s Trail or join in with Dundee Roller Girls.
On 8th March, when we celebrate International Women’s Day, events will place ranging from a talk on the new V & A Dundee, Self-Care and Storytelling at the Muslim Women’s Resource Centre, Much “Ado” about Maryfield, giving local women that opportunity to have their say on what takes place in their community, and 100 Steps – a contemporary-based dance workshop with the Scottish Dance Theatre. There are also sewing classes at the Dundee International Women’s Centre, and Walking Tours with Dark Dundee telling the story of Grissell Jaffray, the last women burned as a witch in Dundee.
Our Festival closes on 17th March at an event at Verdant Works which will include Voices in Harmony – Whitfield Community Choir performing a piece of music and drama, “Votes for Weemin” which they originally composed to commemorate the opening of the Longhaugh Racecourse in 1924.And we’ll finish with some rousing tunes from the Sisterhood girls choir. A fitting end to what promises to be a fantastic festival.
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