Happy New Year! First up we are all delighted to hear the news that Pussy Riot members; Nadia and Masha have been freed from jail as part of Putin’s Amnesty leading up to Sochi Winter Olympics. We all know that Putin amnesty was a PR stunt and we think that Nadia and Masha were both brave and stoic in sticking to their principles and attempting to refuse the amnesty based on the hollow gesture and self-interest of Putin. Pussy Riot have always been free, even behind bars, their message crosses boarders, generations and inspires many around the world. We wish them all the best in rebuilding their lives and continuing their ambitions as human rights activists. Storm in a Teacup will continue to support Pussy Riot and we will be delivering more talks and lectures at UK Universities as part of our Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book tour. Here is a selection of news stories covering their release;
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/23/pussy-riot-nadezhda-tolokonnikova-freed-russian-prison http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/23/pussy-riot-free-russia-war-on-culture http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/27/freed-pussy-riot-remove-putin-tolokonnikova-alyokhina
There is so many great feminist events coming up in early 2014, with One Billion Rising and LGBT awareness month in February, and International Women’s Day and Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre in March – there’s lots to look forward to. Please see below some of the February and March events listings that have been announced so far.
Last year, Storm in a Teacup also got involved with the launch of Feminist Times and are now publishing monthly feminist event listings on their website. Our remit has widened and we are now listing Feminist Events outside of the London area as well as listing more training events, conferences and feminist art events that appeal to different audiences. If you have any feedback or would like to get your event listed – please get in touch. Anyone can get involved in the Feminist Times community and even submit ideas and pitches to the editorial team. For more info please see below;
If you are in the Manchester area you may be interested in signing up to a 10 week course beginning on the 6th of January; The History of Radical Women in Greater Manchester. The course is an introduction to the history of radical women’s movements in Greater Manchester and will look at women’s role in movements and events such as Peterloo, the Luddites, Owenite Co-operation, Chartism and Votes for Women and will also include three walks in Manchester city centre. In Sheffield there is a Policy and Parliamentary Training day that aims to equip organisations and individuals on useful tools on how to get their voices heard in the policy making process and how to plan and organise lobbying work to influence government, its free to attend so book your place now!
2014 starts off with a bang- there are so many feminist events happening across the capital. First up on the 8th of January Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising for Justice is hosting an event at The Southbank Centre looking at the state of female justice in the UK. There is a great lineup of speakers including Stella Creasy (Labour MP) Helena Kennedy (Baroness, Barrister, House of Lords, Rahela Sidiqi (Women for Refugee Women) and Eve Ensler (V-Day founder). Its a free event so sign up quickly before places sell out (RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com ) On the 14th of January, NUS National Summit presents a day on Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education at London South bank University. With speakers including Laura Bates (Founder of Everyday Sexism Project) and Lucy Holmes (Founder of No More Page 3 ) The agenda will feature workshops and plenaries from a diverse array of organisations dealing with issues related to ‘lad culture’ and will feature an opportunity to shape the direction of a national strategy to respond to ‘lad culture’ in higher education.
Last but not least don’t miss the new play created by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne; “Blurred Lines” at The Shed Theatre. A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs!
OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED
ARE MEN DOING IT? – EAST LONDON FAWCETT
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/
East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality? The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out. East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):email@example.com
Let ELF know your ideas via:
Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea. You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page Email – Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
RATIFY THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION (16 DAYS OF ACTION) – WOMEN’S AID
Women’s Aid will be marking the 16 Days of Action by launching a campaign asking the government to ratify the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. The government signed the Convention in 2011 but two year later we are still waiting for them to ratify it. Ratifying the convention will mean the government will have to bring its provisions into force through domestic policy and legislation, this will strengthen the protection of women escaping domestic violence and send a clear signal that the UK will not tolerate violence against women.
LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT
The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter. For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk
NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3
LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html
UK FEMINISTA | London Activist Group: UK Feminista has set up a new London-based feminist activist group. Over the coming year the group will be staging a series of creative, bold actions to challenge sexism and provide visible resistance where women’s rights are under threat. The group meets on the first Monday of each month. Email to get get involved; email@example.com
ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE
OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED
WINTER PRIDE Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money.
Open to all LGBT artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks. Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea.
DEADLINE: 8 February TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137
STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.firstname.lastname@example.org
COMING UP IN JANUARY 2014
5-11 January || Candy Bars Final Week @ Candy Bar, Soho. It’s Candy Bar’s last week and they are going to be PARTYING HARD! Lets make this week one of memories, nostalgia and new beginnings. Email us your favorite Candy Bar moments to go on our ‘wall of fame’. email@example.com FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/188762554651531
6 January || The History of Radical Women in Greater Manchester @ Aquinas College, Stockport. 10 Week course beginning 6th Jan.Greater Manchester was at the centre of the social, economic and industrial upheavals of the Industrial Revolution, which gave rise to radical political movements. The course will look at women’s role in movements and events such as Peterloo, the Luddites, Owenite Co-operation, Chartism and Votes for Women and will also include three walks in Manchester city centre.The course is being tutored by Michael Herbert. For more information on the course, please contact Sheila Lahan at Aquinas College, telephone 0161 419 9163, email : Sheila@aquinas.ac.uk. http://www.aquinas.ac.uk/AdultEducation/LeisureGeneralCourses/RadicalWomeninGreaterManchester
8 January || 1 Billion Rising for Justice @ Southbank Centre. The state of female justice in the UK hosted by Jude Kelly (artistic director of the Southbank) Featuring: Sophie Barton-Hawkins (Poet and former prisoner), Marissa Begonia (Justice for Domestic Workers), Stella Creasy (Labour MP), Helena Kennedy (Baroness, Barrister, House of Lords) Rahela Sidiqi (Women for Refugee Women), Eve Ensler (V-Day Founder). Free Admission. 7.30pm. This event will be live-streamed. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
9 January || Clam Jam # 5 @ Dalston Superstore, Fifth or as We Like To Call it “Post Christmas and Full Of Jam And Cheese” Instalment of the Dykey and Damn Fabulous Extravaganza that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/569226949827162/
11 January || Open City Docs & Club Des Femmes present; Vivienne Dick @ ICA London. Since her major retrospective at Tate Modern in 2010, we have been waiting for Vivienne Dick’s newest film. To mark the UK premiere of The Irreducible Difference of the Other we are delighted to welcome Vivienne along to the festival to present her latest work together with one of her classic No Wave films from 1978, She Had Her Gun All Ready.£8/£10 BOOK TICKETS: https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/lsff-vivienne-dick-discussion
11 January || Club Debbie: I woke up like this! @ Resistance Gallery, E2. NEW YEAR’S DEBBIE! We expect all the People of DEBBIE to be waking up looking flawless post-New Year’s Eve, and be craving more female-fronted rock and pop music by Saturday January 11th… and we fully intend to deliver! 10pm-Late. £3 entry. Arrive early to avoid true disappointment! FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1433429950208660/
14 January || NUS National Summit on Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education @ London South Bank University. 10am -5pm. Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, is confirmed as one of the keynote speakers and other participants include Lucy Holmes, founder of the No More Page 3 campaign. The agenda will feature workshops and plenaries from a diverse array of organisations dealing with issues related to ‘lad culture’ and will feature an opportunity to shape the direction of a national strategy to respond to ‘lad culture’ in higher education. Students Union Delegate: £25, Sector Delegate: £50.00 MORE INFO:http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/ents/event/896/
16 January – 22 February || Blurred Lines @ The Shed Theatre, London. A play created and devised by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne.A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs. Nick Payne’s plays include Constellations, Wanderlust (Royal Court) and The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse). Carrie Cracknell is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate. Recent work includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic and West End) and Wozzeck (ENO). MORE INFO: http://theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/events/blurred-lines#.UsV4cfRdVth
17 January || Policy & Parliamentary Training, Sheffield. Does your organisation want to make its voice heard in the policy making process? Does your organisation want to influence decision makers but have no idea how? Are you a community group that wants to lobby your local MP Voice4Change are holding a one day policy and parliamentary training session in partnership with the Parliamentary Outreach Service. The session is aimed at BME voluntary sector organisations who have little or no experience of lobbying or policy activity. MORE INFO: www.voice4change-england.co.uk
19 January || Women’s Development & Confidence Building Workshop, London. Take away tools, techniques and skills to enable and support personal growth and well-being at home and in the workplace. MORE INFO: www.mybodyandme.co.uk
20 January || She Grrrowls: Space @ The Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green. SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: Space. Every third Monday of the month. Guest host and poet: Dizz Tate, Poets: Laila Sumpton and Rachel Long, Comedian: Helen Keen, Music: Rosie May. £5.00 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1403889359853504/
25th January || London 70’s sisters @ The Feminist Library. Feminists who were active in the 60s, 70s & 80s are invited to an afternoon of connecting with other feminists and joining in discussion around themes of ageing, ageism, and activism, as well as offering the chance to form new ongoing groups if you would like to. Women from outside London welcome. 2pm to 5:30pm. Tel: 020 7261 0879 MORE INFO: http://feministlibrary.co.uk/
25 January || Rebel Coffee Club @ Cardiff, Wales. New monthly feminist meet-up. Coffee, relaxed chat, and intersectional badassery. Occasional guest speakers. LGBTQ+. Free to attend. Follow us on Twitter for updates: @RebelCoffeeClub. More TBA
26 January || ELF Presents; A Fine Art Degree, Will I Ever Practice? Discussion @ Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, E1 6LA. The ELF art audit campaign revealed 31% of artists represented by London galleries are women. The inevitable question remains: what can female graduates do to combat this inequality? A panel discussion with distinguished artists Sonia Boyce, Rose Gibbs, Sarah Maple, Kerry Campbell, Hannah Perry and Hannah Sawtell. More information to follow. Please email – firstname.lastname@example.org to register for a place. MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html
30 January || Garconne @ Peckham, London. Garçonne brings you an eclectic mixture of talented and predominantly LGBTQ+ musicians, performers and artists to delight and inspire, plus some serious dancing fun. If you love to dance like no one’s watching, in the company of a curiously queerful crowd, then join us. Live performances from two uncompromising and beguiling acts:OLI SPLEEN // www.facebook.com/olispleen & ASHKELON // www.facebook.com/ashkelon3000 MORE INFO: www.garconne.co.uk FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/185690021624131
COMING UP IN FEBRUARY 2014
February || LGBT History Month: 2014 is dedicated to music. More Information: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/
1 February || Women’s Development & Confidence Building Workshop, Glasgow. Take away tools, techniques and skills to enable and support personal growth and well-being at home and in the workplace. MORE INFO: www.mybodyandme.co.uk
1-22 February || Blurred Lines @ The Shed Theatre, London. A play created and devised by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne.A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs. Nick Payne’s plays include Constellations, Wanderlust (Royal Court) and The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse). Carrie Cracknell is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate. Recent work includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic and West End) and Wozzeck (ENO). MORE INFO: http://theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/events/blurred-lines#.UsV4cfRdVth
8 February || Winter Pride Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money. Open to all artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks. Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea. TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137
8 February || Winter Pride UK 2014 @ Tabacco Dock, E1, London. Immerse yourself in the party atmosphere as LGBT London comes together for the first-ever Winter Pride UK on 8th February 2014. More info and full lineup – check links below. MORE INFO: www.winterprideuk.com FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410151369221725
14 February || One Billion Rising for Justice.One Billion Rising For Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, workplaces, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right. MORE INFO: http://www.onebillionrising.org/
15 February || Riots Not Diets, Riot Grrrl Valentines Ball @ West Hill Hall, Brighton. Third annual valentines ball. Always a hoot. Live bands & Djs; RAVIOLI ME AWAY // NOT RIGHT // BIG JOANIE // YUCKERFLATS.. £5, 8pm-10.30pm. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/555617684520056/ TICKETS http://www.wegottickets.com/event/251499
17 February || Women and Alcohol: Different Perspectives – Conference, Bristol. A conference for alcohol and health professionals and the voluntary and independent sector, interested in sharing expertise, and hearing from other professionals and service users. 9.30am – 4.30pm MORE INFO: http://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/events/women-alcohol-and-domestic-abuse
22 February || Women’s Assembly Against Austerity @ Conway Hall, London. The People’s Assembly is pleased to announce the Women’s Assembly conference 2014. More details and an FAQ to be follow soon. TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-assembly-against-austerity-tickets-9613437049
COMING UP IN MARCH 2014
5 March || Women’s Aid Conference: Child abuse and domestic violence – time for early intervention? London. Women’s Aid is bringing together experts and survivors from the domestic violence sector with experts and survivors in the children and young people’s sector for a unique conference to look at the common themes in the many instances where domestic violence and child abuse occur together. 9.00am – 16.00pm MORE INFO: www.womensaid.org.uk
8 March || International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. MORE INFO: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
Over and Out,
Verity Flecknell Storm in a Teacup Feminist Arts Collective http://joinourteaparty.org