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Events: 11 – 17 November

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DiaryHere are some woman-centric events for your diary going on around the UK and Ireland this week.

Belfast:

17 November: OUTBURST 2013: Rosie Wilby and a day of events with Belfast Feminist Network at Black Box and Green Room, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast from 2pm.

What does it mean to be queer and feminist in 2013? Join Belfast Feminist Network as they take over OUTBURST for a day of events in the Black Box that explores what feminism is all about for a new generation of lesbian and bi women. Everyone welcome.

The programme of events features: a showing of the film Lesbiana from Myriam Fougère followed by an inter-generational panel discussion on the relevance of lesbian feminism then and now, a Hollaback! zine workshop, and performance from Rosie Wilby of her latest show, 90s woman.

Tickets £5. Places are limited.

 

Bristol:

14 November: What The Frock! Comedy Presents… Lucy Porter and Friends at the Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, from 8pm-10.30pm.

The Whiteladies Picture House has teamed up with Bristol’s What The Frock! comedy for an extra special fundraising event.

See the “witty, charming, amazing” (Chortle) Lucy Porter headline this all-female comedy night to raise money for the Whiteladies Picture House campaign.

This event also stars the very talented Tania Edwards (“Born to perform…” The List”; Laura Lexx, who is billed as the “next generation Lucy Porter” (Chortle); while your host for the evening is multi-award winning comedian Rosie Wilby.

This is a seated Hall 2 show. Tickets £13/£11 concessions.

Carlisle:

16 November: Rape Crisis Charity Event featuring ‘The Magic of The Drifters – Drifters Revue’ at Shepherds Inn, Rosehill Estate, Carlisle, from 7pm.

This fundraising event in aid of Rape Crisis Cumbria features The Drifters tribute act ‘The Magic of The Drifters’ and will also include a disco and raffle.

Tickets £20/£16.

Leeds:

16 November: Reclaim the Night meeting at Victoria Gardens (outside the Art Gallery), Leeds, from 6.30pm

Those participating will arrive at Leeds Met Student Union Bar for approximately 7.30pm for speakers and stalls.

London:

11 November: Blurred Lines or old-fashioned sexism? Tackling sexism and racism in music videos at the Grand Committee Room (off Westminster Hall), Houses of Parliament, London SW1, from 5pm-7pm.

In this debate, the campaign launch for ‘Rewind&Reframe’, the panel will discuss the issue of music videos and lyrics which tell young people that there are ‘blurred lines’ when it comes to sexual consent and women’s equality. Summer hits by Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus are just the latest to sexualise and racialise women.

The panel, chaired by Kerry McCarthy MP, includes Ikamara Larasi (Imkaan) and Graham Hill (BBFC) who will debate the solutions to these issues.

Admittance by RSVP only.

12 November: Secrets from the soul: Stories and Discussion about FGM at University College London (UCL) Medical School, London, from 7pm-9pm.

Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf and musician Nigel of Bermondsey investigate issues around female cutting through story and song. This event takes place among the mysterious and ancient artefacts of UCL’s Petrie Museum.

Post-event discussion with UCL Medical School’s Dr Jayne Kavanagh and Dr Katherine Woolf.

50 free places. Booking essential.

14-16 November: Sister: A Preview at Battersea Arts Centre, London, from 7.45pm.

Amy and Rosana are sisters, born exactly 22 months apart in the mid 80s. Amy works in the sex industry. Rosana is a lesbian with a shaved head and hairy armpits. They are both feminists.

 This performative exploration of female sexuality will see them revealing everything in an attempt to understand their own and each other’s sexual identities, and how the world they grew up in together has shaped them into who they are today.

 This is a preview performance of a show which is in an ongoing process of continued development.

Rosana Cade is an artist based in Glasgow who creates work that challenges perceptions of sexuality and celebrates diversity. She has performed all over the UK and Ireland, and is co-founder of BUZZCUT.

Tickets £8.

16 November: Gender, Fundamentalism, Nationalism at Room G51, SOAS, 10 Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H from 5pm

This seminar, brought to you by the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London (UEL) and Centre for Gender Studies (SOAS), will feature Kumud Rana from Erasmus University, Dr Nayia Kamenou from the University of Cyprus, Dr Rashmi Varma from Warwick University and Dr Maja Korac from the University of East London.

The event is free, but space is limited.

17 November: The Widow by Thomas Middleton at Sackler Studios, Shakespeare’s Globe, London, from 3pm.

Since 1995, Globe Education’s Read Not Dead series has staged “performances with scripts” of plays written between 1576 and 1642 by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, offering an adventure for actors and audiences alike.

Professor Ann Thompson is guest curator of this autumn’s series of staged readings. She has chosen plays which “did interesting things with the female roles. I hope the audience will come away thinking about the role of women in these plays but above all will enjoy them as staged readings.”

The Widow is a romantic comedy based on a tale from Boccaccio’s Decameron. The widow of the title is different from the misogynistic stereotype found in other plays, though she shares the usual desire to find herself another husband. Much intrigue and cross-dressing follows. As the Oxford editors put it, ‘Middleton’s play celebrates the collapse of sexual distinction in a merry-go-round of substitutions’, and audiences can leave a performance arguing about the ‘real’ gender of one of the major characters.

Ticket £8/£10.

Until 6 December: Restored’s exhibition of members’ photos at The Salvation Army International HQ, 101 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V.

‘Restored’ is an international Christian alliance which aims to transform relationships and end violence against women.  The alliance believe that Christian churches have huge potential to help prevent violence, but also need to change their own attitudes and practices. This exhibition is features photos from members which represent work undertaken on transforming relationships and ending violence against women.

Entry is free.

Newcastle upon Tyne:

Until 21 December: Inspirational Women North East at Hatton Gallery, Claremont Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.

A portrait exhibition featuring the work of photographers Bryony Bainbridge and Kami Dodds, celebrating the achievements of women who have played a vital role within the North.

Oxford:

14 November: Reclaim The Moonlight meeting outside the Town Hall outside St Aldate’s, Oxford at 6.30pm.

Don’t be afraid of the dark! Reclaim the Moonlight is a women’s walk along the river at night – to reclaim a woman’s right to be out at night and feel free from the fear of sexual harassment, violence and rape.

This freedom is still often denied to women and far too many are attacked throughout the world. Even in the UK it is estimated that 85,000 women are raped every year and that over 400,000 women are sexually assaulted annually (Rape Crisis, 2013).

This walk is for all self-identifying women, and children are welcome too. This walk is women only to demonstrate that women united can resist fear and violence. We will join to show the world that we are not scared to walk the streets. Together we will promote a culture where we listen and support each other while we walk proudly in the moonlight.

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