As we near the end of the first week of March that can only mean one thing… International Women’s Day.
Yes it’s that time of year again where we can take a moment to look at the collective successes and struggles of women all over the world, praise the local heroes who dedicate their time to making other people’s lives better and take a moment to reflect on our own achievements, growth and goals.
This years theme is #eachforequal – because international’s women’s day isn’t about women leading the world, or taking over men. It’s about wanting equality between all genders. It’s about ending the gender pay gap, it’s about having womxn in positions of power and allowing womxn to dress, act and speak how they like without having the prison of femininity.
All over the country events are taking place to inspire, celebrate and bring women together so we can discuss achievements, plans and hopes for this next decade. Over the last 10 years we have made a huge amount of progress in battling the gap in gender equality but there is still work to do. Only recently the BAFTAS were under scrutiny for not including a single female in the nominations for best director and last week MP Tracy Brabin was slut shamed in the House of Commons for wearing an off the shoulder top. These mindless acts are insulting, demoralizing and completely unorthodox and yet so many people turn a blind eye – this is why we celebrate International Women’s Day.
We’ve done a round up of the best events in and around Bristol, so whether you want to attend an inspiring talk, have an afternoon crafting or boogie the night away to a host of amazing, female DJ’s, there’s something on to suit everyone.
Sisters Are Brewing It For Themselves, Lost and Grounded, 5pm
Lost and Grounded Brewers, 5pm
Despite it being 2020 beer, ale and lager are still associated(more often than not) with men. As a lager loving gal, this event opens up the discussion of how involved women are in the brewing industry. Join co founders of Lost and Grounded, New Bristol Brewery and Arbor Ales for a chat about beer, whilst sipping on the golden stuff and enjoying a fresh pizza. Musical offerings will be provided by Coco and DJ Baby Danger plus £1 from all pints sold will be donated to Womankind.
The Dark Side IV
The Island, 10pm, £14
Now onto its 4th installment, The Dark Side is Bristol’s answer to Berlin Techno. Dark, minimalist and hypnotic, the International Women’s Day celebration line up features 5 unbelievably talented ladies who will be taking over the decks for a strictly including Moscow born, Copenhagen based, Anastaskia Kristensen, Helena Markos, Luce, Bristol’s very own IRENE of Der Liebe and Dani Whylie.
This event tolerates no sexism, no racism, no transphobia or homophobia. Bring your best moves, an open mind and the willingness to party all night long.
Up Our Street International Woman’s Day
Hannah More Primary School, 10.00am, Free
This Saturday Hannah More Primary School in St Philips opens its doors for Up Our Street – a celebration of International Women’s Day. Bristol West’s Labour MP Thangnam Debonaire will kick of the day with a welcome talk before attendees start activities. You can expect yoga, zumba, cycling workshops, crafting, dance and much more. Throughout the day there will be hot drinks and delicious cakes on offer, lunch is provided by Houria Group and there is even a creche for your little ones.
International Women’s Day 2020 with Bristol Women’s Voice
Bristol City Hall, 11am
Head over to Bristol City Hall on Saturday to celebrate International Women’s Day with thousands of women across Bristol. You can expect the day to be packed with performances, activities, workshops and discussions brought to you by some of the amazing organisations we have in Bristol. It’s a day to meet new people, inspire and learn.
The Attic Bar Celebrates International Women’s Day
8.30pm, £4 entry
One of Bristol’s best loved venues is celebrating international women’s day with a stellar all female line up. Offering up a mixture of dub, reggae, dnb and afro Queen Bee, Lorna King, Dazee and Sasha Steppa prove just how much female talent we have here in Bristol.
Punka Presents International Women’s Day Show
Zed Alley, 7pm
For this years International Women’s Day Celebrations Punka Presents an all inclusive, indie rock extravaganza. Joining together some of Bristol’s most fierce and creative womxn, the evening promises to include performances from drag kind and queens, burlesque and live music. Everyone is welcome (except assholes). So leave your opinions at the door and shove two fingers up to the patriarchy. Working with Bristol Zero Tolerance Punka promises to be a night for everyone to enjoy regardless of gender, race and sexuality.
WMN RUN – Bristol International Women’s Day Run + Breakfast
If your ideal Sunday involves starting the day with a run, not only are you hell of a lot more active than I am but this is your lucky week. Starting at 9am from the Arnolfini join WMN Run for a breezy 5k before having a mingle, coffee and brunch with your fellows runners. It’s a chance to praise women from all over the world and celebrate the achievements of us ladies. It’s open to everyone so bring your friends, dad, son or aunt and make a morning of it.
International Women’s Day Krav Magna Seminar
Krav Magna Worldwide Bristol, 12pm
Continuing on the theme of sporty International Women’s Day Celebrations, why not attend a female led self defence seminar specializing in Krav Magna. The workshop is an opportunity to practice both physical and non physical techniques to ward off attackers and keep safe when you’re out. There will be opportunity to discuss the politics surrounding self defence, victim blaming and appropriate use of force.
This event is open to anyone who identifies as a womxn, including trans and gender non conforming individuals who may have experienced discrimination.
International Women’s Day Free Print & Carving Workshop
The Vestibules, College Green, 12pm
If an afternoon of collective carving and printing sounds like your dream, Artspace Lifespace has the perfect event for you. Having recently commissioned CATO Press to create an image dedicated to the women and children who ensured the success of The Bread and Roses Strike in 1912 you are invited to take part. The event starts 12pm at The Vestibules on College Green.