Girl. Mother. Trans-Woman. Sister. Daughter. Female-Identifying. Woman.
Women carry and are given many labels, and this International Women's Day, we want to pick apart these identities and celebrate what being a woman means in 2022 with the return of our annual festival: Women in Focus.
We have a packed month-long programme of stereotype busting, gender dismantling and patriarchy smashing shows, gigs and events from some of the finest female musicians, artists, performers and more, so whoever you are and however you identify, come down and get involved!
This year’s festival highlights include an online screening of multi-award nominated Irish writer Laura Wyatt O’Keefe’s acclaimed play, Vessel; 666 Comments which brings the virtual world into astonishingly vivid reality about in this hilarious yet terrifying show about online sexism; a poetry workshop exploring female identity, the labels we are given and the stories we choose to tell about ourselves; live gigs from the Spotlight Sounds’ Music She Makes programme and Centre Stage; a cabaret extravaganza from Fool’s Moon with comedy, drag, music and dance; an authentic Roda De Samba from Samba De Raiz UK; and a film screening of Generation Rebellion from Magic Me exploring the power of intergenerational, female-led activism. The festival will finish with an exhibition of portraiture photography from a 6-week course led by local photographers, Sylvie Belbouab and Pierre Bureau looking at identity and perception.
#BreakTheBias #IWD2022 #WomeninFocus
- Sunday 6 March Move. Pause. Connect. with Anuradha Gupta
11am | Suitable for ages 16+ | £10 / £8 conc.
-Tuesday 8 March Vessel (Online)
7pm | Suitable for ages 16+ | £5
- Thursday 10 March 666 Comments
7.30pm | Suitable for ages 14+ | £9 / £7 conc.
- Sunday 13 March She’s a Hedonist: Poetry Workshop with Laura Wyatt O’Keeffe
11am | Suitable for ages 16+ | £5
- Friday 18 March Friday Sessions: Music She Makes: Spotlight Sounds Take Over
7pm | Suitable for all ages | Free
- Saturday 19 March Fool’s Moon Cabaret
7pm | Suitable for ages 18+ | £10 / £12 OTD
- Sunday 20 March Samba De Raiz UK: International Women’s Day Special
From 3pm | Suitable for all ages | £10 / £8 conc.
- Saturday 26 March Centre Stage
7pm | Suitable for ages 18+ | £5 / £7 OTD
- Thursday 24 March Magic Me: Generation Rebellion: The Power of Intergenerational Activism
7pm | Suitable for ages 8+ | Free
Visit www.poplarunion.com to see the full programme of events and to book tickets.