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SIATC *UPDATE* NOVEMBER 2013

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SIATC *UPDATE* NOVEMBER 2013

Last week Lets Start a Pussy Riot collective (including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup) delivered their first talk to undergraduate sociology students as well as an afternoon talk for the new social movements group at Manchester University. Lets Start a Pussy Riot are currently organising a national university tour delivering talks to students about Pussy Riot, Russia, the state and Orthodox church and issues that we cover in our book like LGBT rights, freedom of speech and collective activism. If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

As Storm in a Teacup are now collating listings for Feminist Times 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;

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Looking ahead to December – don’t miss the second year of Queer Zine Fest at Space Station in South East London. On Sunday 1st of December whet your appetite for all things zine and queer with lots of great zinesters selling their self-published wares. Lets Start a Pussy Riot will be there selling our book. Please see more info here.

National

Nationally there are plenty of Feminist events happening for all taste and politics. Reclaim the Night march is happening in Leeds on the 16th of November. The Houses of Parliament outreach service presents a day of training and discussion “Women in Politics: Yes We Can!” in Bradford on 15th of November. The North West Labour History Society presents “Women’s History Conference” in Manchester on 23rd of November. We are most excited to hear about this year’s LaDIYfest Sheffield on the 30th of November featuring a day of workshops and an evening of live local bands!

London

As usual London is buzzing with lots of great feminist events, especially feminist art events. This month don’t miss “Secrets from the Soul: stories & discussion about Female Genital Mutilation” at University of London Medical School on the 12th of November. Booking is essential. Enemies of Good Art present a discussion entitled “Structures of the Future” at the Photographers Gallery investigating possibilities and issues surrounding art practice and family commitments. Click here for more Info. And lastly don’t miss HQ by Miss Pokeno and the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance exhibition running from the 14th of November until the 13th of December. The Sisters Of Perpetual Resistance are a unified group of militant feminists drawing on the disruptive aesthetic and techniques of Femen, Pussy Riot , Slut Walk and the women’s suffrage movement of the early 20th century to further their aims. Read the Huffington post article about the show here.

Film Spotlight

This November update we thought it was important to highlight two groundbreaking Feminist Film festivals happening in London this month. Underwire Short Film festival at the Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick (19-23 November) showcasing the cinematic talents of women working in film as well as the London Feminist Film Festival (24 November – 2 December), in its second year with a week long programme of feminist film screenings and panel talks at Hackney Picturehouse.

The London Feminist Film Festival was set up as a response to the underrepresentation of women in the film industry, as well as to the lack of films addressing feminist issues. In its second year, the festival will take place at Hackney Picturehouse over seven days and will screen 10 feature length films and 21 short films, from 18 different countries, including eight UK Premieres, eight European Premieres, and six World Premieres. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring feminist directors, activists, academics, and arts critics. You can see the full programme here.

Underwire, the UK’s only short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw cinematic talents of women return for their 4th annual festival, running 19-23 November at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick, London. Featuring an eclectic mix of genres, themes and aesthetic styles across 10 competition screenings. These ten craft awards aim to recognize outstanding female film practitioners working in the UK today. This year’s festival also includes 23 dynamic events, bringing industry icons and familiar faces to our audience.  Underwire Festival 2013 is focusing on feminist issues more so than ever before, bringing women in film and feminist discussion back to the heart of Hackney. With an exciting programme of industry events, this year’s festival questions what it means to be a woman, as a filmmaker and with our society. You can see the full programme here.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM                

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 mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk               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):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.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 mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

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

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who have been handed a 2 year sentence for hooliganism and religious hatred. Find out how to support;                                                                             FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE:  http://freepussyriot.org/

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; activist@ukfeminista.org                   MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

SKY ARTS FUTURES FUND @ IDEAS-TAP                                5 x £30,000 bursaries available for artists, musicians, practitioners, producers and writers (aged 18-30)                                                     DEADLINE: 6 December 2013                                                                           MORE INFO: http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/Sky-061213#Overview

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:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN NOVEMBER

3 October – 21 December || Inspirational Women North East: An Exhibition @ Hatton Gallery, 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 East including politician Mo Mowlam, suffragette Emily Davison and explorer Gertrude Bell. MORE INFO: http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/hatton-gallery/whats-on/exhibitions/inspirational-women-north-east.html

23 October – 10 November | CALM DOWN, DEAR, a festival of feminism @ Camden Peoples Theatre. Calm Down, Dear is the venue’s latest gathering of artists and companies, here presenting a three-week season of innovative theatre, performance, comedy, cabaret and discussion about feminism.  What did it mean then? What does it mean now? Why is it resurgent? Ticket £10 (£8.00 concessions) or double bill shows £15.00 (£12.00 concessions).           GUARDIAN ARTICLE: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/sep/19/bridget-christie-festival-feminist-london                                                                         MORE INFO:http://www.cptheatre.co.uk/event_details.php?sectionid=theatre&eventid=732

29 October – 24 November || ‘Billy the Girl’ @ Soho Theatre. Clean Break is a women’s theatre company using theatre for personal and political change and working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.                           MORE INFO: http://www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/billy-the-girl

4 November || Policy & Parliament Training @ Womens Resource Centre, London.one day policy and parliament training session in London in partnership with the Parliamentary Outreach serviceand Voice4Change. 10.30am-4pm. The course will cover: Parliament; The House of Commons and House of Lords, the role of MP’s and Members of the House of Lords, The policy making process & how to make your voice heard, How to plan your lobbying or policy work MORE INFO: http://data.wrc.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=591&reset=1

5 November || Art Macabre & For Books’ Sake Present; Derby of the Dead – Disco Inferno @ Wenlock & Essex, N1 8LN. An explosive mix of roller derby models posing for death drawing/life drawing, dancing, drinking and DJs. £10.00 Advanced tickets/£12.00 on the door. 7.30pm                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/492081127553900/

5 November || London Fields Feminist Book Club: Angela Davis: Women, Race & Class @ Pub in the Park, Hackney, E8 3PE. More info: cathyleech@gmail.com                                                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/622317337821026/

7 November || Garconne – Girl.Boy.Other.All @ CLF Art Cafe, SE15 4ST. From the organisers of Traumfrau in Brighton a new night with Live acts; Sabrina Chap, Sakima and DJs, art installations, live illustration – plus much more. 10pm onwards.             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/173124916211284/

7 November || Why Gender Should be on Europe’s Agenda @ Amnesty International, EC2A 3EA. Organised by National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO) Bringing together academics, NGOs, political bodies and youth voices to explore how and why young women can and should get involved in the European agenda. Speakers include: Mary Honeyball MEP, Dr Roberta Guerrina, Rebecca Taylor MEP, Catherine Bearder MEP, Serap Altinisik – Member of EWL Free event. RSVP to attend; admin@nawo.org.uk. MORE INFO: http://thewomensresourcecentre.org.uk/why-gender-should-be-on-europes-agenda-london/#more-%27

8 November || Enemies of Good Art: Your Right to Practice @ Photographers’ Gallery, W1F 7LW.  chaired by Rachel Anderson – Freelance Creative Producer and Producer – Collaborative Projects at Artangel. Enemies of Good Art seeks to investigate the possibilities of combining art practice and family commitments. In particular it seeks to encourage participation by parents and their children in a series of public discussions and art based events. 11am to 13.00pm. Free Event. Children welcome.             EVENT INFO: http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/talks-events-2                                                                                                                          MORE INFO: www.enemiesofgoodart.org

8 November || Future Listening Party @ Upstairs at The Garage, N5 1RD. Organisers of Club Motherfucker present new night. LIVE: Telepathe (NYC), MAXIXE(London) plus DJs. 10.30pm onwards.FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/224021414424433/

9 November || Bloody Ice Cream #5: Frau, Dog Legs, Witching Waves @ The Grosvenor, SW9 0TP. 3 Female fronted – lo-fi, riot grrrl, post punk bands. Zine stall from Sister Ectoplasma and DJs til 2am. £5.00.FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/351534681647631

9 November || Debbie: Work Bitch @ Resistance Gallery, E2 9RF. DEBBIE is a Female-Fronted Rock Pop Indie Electro Big Gay Dance-Party for Everyone. Rock Chicks, Girl Groups, Disco Divas, Witchy Women. Love, Pop, Power. 10pm onwards. £3.00. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/530242113725789

9 November || Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival Fundraiser @ Vogue Fabrics, N16 7XB. Film screening @ 9pm. 10.15pm onwards – DJs £5.00 minimum donation. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/358341767636810/

12 November || Secrets from the Soul: stories & discussion about FGM @ University College London Medical School. 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 & Dr Katherine Woolf. 50 free places. 7pm – 9pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL: :http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8591041035/efblike

13 November || Zero Tolerance: Eradication Female Genital Mutilation @ London venue. Organised by Public Policy Exchange.  It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK each year, and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM.This timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity to; Understand the current legal framework for eradicating female genital mutilation, Explore how to overcome sensitive cultural barriers and improve protection, support and the services available, Discuss ways in which to engage with schools and the wider public to raise awareness of FGM,Examine new strategies that encourage communities to challenge FGM and develop a stronger response at a local level. MORE INFO: http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/DK13-PPE

14 November – 13 December || HQ by Miss Pokeno and the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance exhibition @ 1 Doyce Street, SE1 0EU. Open Fridays & Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. The Sisters Of Perpetual Resistance are a unified group of militant feminists drawing on the disruptive aesthetic and techniques of Femen, Pussy Riot , Slut Walk and the women’s suffrage movement of the early 20th century to further their aims. They have renounced a full manifesto in favour of celebrating all women, by any means considered appropriate. Exhibition of Miss Pokeno work and furnishings for a south London HQ, the only brief being “to glorify that which is deemed too ugly for words”.                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.misspokeno.com/works/

14 November – What The Frock! Comedy: Fundraiser – Colston Hall, Colston Avenue, Bristol See the “witty, charming, amazing” (Chortle) Lucy Porter headline this all-female comedy night to raise money for Whiteladies Picture House in Bristol. The line-up also features Tania Edwards. Tania is fresh from her spectacular Edinburgh Fringe show, The Art Of War. She is billed as “a star of the future” by SW Magazine, and “born to perform” by The List. The compere is Rosie Wilby, and the line-up is completed by Laura Lexx. 8.00pm to 10.30pm – Tickets £13 (£11 concessions) TICKETS: mhttp://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event3687            MORE INFO: What The Frock! website

15 November – Women in Politics: Yes We Can! – City Training Services, 39-41 Chapel Street, Bradford BD1 5BY. An event that will discuss how women can get involved in politics, Parliament and campaigning. Find out how you can raise important issues and hear from three experts with unrivalled experience of campaigning on behalf of women inside and out of Parliament:The Lord Speaker Baroness D’Souza, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (Paralympian, Crossbench Member of the House of Lords), Ann Cryer (former MP for Keighley)10am to 12pm                                               BOOK TICKETS: contactwinterfloodkl@parliament.uk                         This event has been arranged by the Houses of Parliament’s Outreach Service. Further information on their work can be found athttp://www.parliament.uk/outreach

15-23 November || OUTBURST Gay Arts Festival 2013 @ Belfast, Ireland The 7th Annual OUTBURST Queer Arts Festival brings you nine days of world class and local community theatre, film, talks and performance, celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender creativity in venues across the city of Belfast. The festival showcases international and homegrown talent, with the aim of sharing and exploring LGBT experiences and bringing exciting, entertaining and challenging new work to the Belfast stage.                    MORE INFO: http://outburstarts.com/2013/

16 November || Reclaim the Night: LEEDS. Reclaim the Night Leeds will be setting off from Victoria Gardens (outside the Art Gallery) at 6.30pm and arriving at Leeds Met Student Union Bar for approx. 7.30pm for speakers and stalls.                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/224837194347698/

16 November || Hollaback Riot Grrrl Gig night @ University of London Union, WC1E 7HY. LIVE: The Tuts, Perkie & The Perkettes, Oh Boy & My Therapist Says Hot Damn. A night of bad ass feminist punk/pop/indie bands at The Library Bar. 7.30pm.                                                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/519011118188807/

17 November || Womens Round Table Event @ Bolton Socialist Club, Bolton, BL1 1DY.  from 10.00 am – 12 noon.  The aim is to set up a women’s network in the North-West to highlight, challenge and campaign for women’s involvement in the Union, as well as provide a safe and supporting social network for discussion. MORE INFO: http://www.teachers.org.uk/node/8156

18 November || She Grrrowls; IDENTITY @ The Gallery Cafe, E2 9PJ.  Featuring; Sophia Walker, Greta Bellamacina, Sarah Perry, Sarah Arnold, Hannah Rose Tristram. SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talented 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: IDENTITY. Every third Monday of the month. 7.30pm. £5.00.                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1404000279830282/

19 – 23 November || Underwire Festival 2013 @ The Yard Theatre, Hackney, London. A short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw cinematic talents of women. Including panel discussions on the representation of women in cinema called “Girls on Film” @ 71A Gallery, 12.00pm -17.00pm on November 23rd in partnership with Little White Lies. Also four other events aiming to tackle difficult questions and discuss issues at the heart of the representation of female characters in film. Also full film screening programme. MORE INFO: http://www.underwirefestival.com/

20 November || International Transgender Day of Remembrance @ Worldwide. The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside each year to memorialise those who have been killed as a result of transphobia (anti-trans hatred of prejudice) MORE INFO: http://www.transgenderdor.org/

22 November || Enemies of Good Art: Structures of the Future @  Photographers’ Gallery, W1F 7LW.  chaired by Rachel Anderson – Freelance Creative Producer and Producer – Collaborative Projects at Artangel. Enemies of Good Art seeks to investigate the possibilities of combining art practice and family commitments. In particular it seeks to encourage participation by parents and their children in a series of public discussions and art based events. 11am to 13.00pm. Free Event. Children welcome.              EVENT INFO: http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/talks-events-2                                                                                                                            MORE INFO: www.enemiesofgoodart.org

23 November || Womens History Conference @ Three Minute Theatre, Manchester. Morning session 10.30am -1pm; Women, Politics  and Music Claire Mooney  and Alice Nutter || Women as Political Activists (1) Sonja Tiernan - Delia Larkin and Women in the 1913 DublinLockout Michael Herbert and Rachel Austin - Hannah Mitchell:  Socialist, Suffragette, Writer. Afternoon Session 2pm – 5pm: Women as Political Activists (2)Alan Fowler – Alice Foley, Rae Street and Nick Wilding  – Enid Stacy: Socialist, Feminist, Campaigner and Clarion Vanner || Panel Discussion on Socialism and Feminism: Speakers: Lindsey German and Louise Raw Organised by the North West Labour History Society. £10/£5             MORE INFO:http://workershistory.wordpress.com

24 November || Laughing Cows Comedy: 15th Birthday @ Frog & Bucket, Manchester. M4 1L3. Hosted by Janey Godley, Ellen Tomlinson, Penella Mellor and Susan Murray. Laughing Cows Comedy was established in Nov 1998 so this month we are celebrating 15 year of producing stand up comedy shows across the UK and Europe with Janey Godley described as “Compelling… ballsy… a breath of fresh air” (The Guardian) and “the most outspoken female stand-up in Britain. 8pm – 10.30pm. £7 advance tickets, £10 on the door.                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT:  https://www.facebook.com/events/668684329843212/

24 November – 2 December || London Feminist Film Festival @ Hackney Picturehouse, E8 1HE. Some events are already SOLD OUT! A week of fantastic new submitted films as well as feminist classics Now in it’s second year, this popular festival celebrates feminist films both past and present and aims are to inspire discussion about feminism and film, to support women directors, and to get feminist films seen by a wider audience.                  FACEBOOK EVENTS: https://www.facebook.com/LondonFeministFilmFestival/events         MORE INFO: www.londonfeministfilmfestival.com/

26 November || Bristol Women’s Lit Fest presents: The glory of Pride and Prejudice @ Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX. The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival invites you to join us at Watershed on Tuesday 26 November for an evening of conversation, discussion and enthusiasm to find out. Chaired by Professor Helen Taylor, this panel discussion will explore Austen’s lasting appeal and the misconceptions that have dogged her public persona. Professor Taylor will be joined by Jean Burnett, author of Who Needs Mr Darcy, and Professor Jane Spencer. 6.15pm – Tickets £8.00 full (£6.50 concs)                                                                                                                  BUY TICKETS:  online                                                                                         MORE INFO:  http://womensliteraturefestival.wordpress.com/

29-30 November || Subversive Stitch Revisited; The Politics of Cloth @ Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Event exploring  the legacy of Rozsika Parker’s groundbreaking book, The Subversive Stitch: embroidery and the making of the feminine (1984) and two landmark exhibitions from 1988 that developed Parker’s ideas. It will consist of a one and a half day event held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and an online resource that will include documentation of all contributions. The event will be dedicated to the memory of Rozsika Parker, who died in 2010.Keynote Speakers include: Professor Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds                       MORE INFO: http://www.gold.ac.uk/make/events/

30 November || LaDIYfest Sheffield Workshops @ The Quaker Meeting House by the Cathedral, running between 11am – 5:30pm, with vegan food and refreshments for sale, plus zines, stalls, a quiet room and a supervised children’s area. Workshops include: Workshop themes include: MEN AND FEMINISM,WOMEN AND ANTI-FASCISM, ORGANISING YOUR OWN GRASSROOTS EVENTS, SEX WORK SOLIDARITY, RACISM AND SEXISM IN PUNK AND DIY CULTURE, SOUND ENGINEERING, GETTING YOUR HEAD AROUND LOSE THE LADS MAGS + NO MORE PAGE 3 DEBATES                                                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/687874341242421/

30 November || LaDIYfest Sheffield Gig @ Redhouse, Sheffield, S1 4BB. LIVE BANDS: Ethical Debating Society, Halo Halo, Weird Menace, Not Right. DJS: INVERT. Fundraising for National Ugly Mugs. From 8pm.  FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/220472771448725/

COMING UP IN DECEMBER

1 December || Queer Zine Fest @ Space Station Sixty-Five, SE11 4PS Tablee applications are now open! Drop me an email if you’d like to talk/workshop/table at this year’s Queer Zine Fest London event, which takes place on Dec 1st at Space Station Sixty-Five queerzinefestlondon@gmail.com All details TBC                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/160624710775600/                    MORE INFO:http://queerzinefestlondon.tumblr.com/

1 December || ELF Presents; Sarah Lucas – Free Exhibition Tour @ Whitechapel Gallery. Poppy Bowers, co-curator of the outstanding Sarah Lucas show is kindly giving ELF a personal tour of the exhibition.Exploring the bawdy euphemisms, repressed truths, erotic delights and sculptural possibilities of the sexual body, the exhibition takes us from Lucas’s 1990s’ foray into the salacious perversities of British tabloid journalism to the London premiere of her sinuous, light reflecting bronzes.. Please email – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place. Very limited places for this event!                                                                                 MORE INFO:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

4 December || Dykes! Ditch those Dungarees: Lesbians do Fashion @ Bishopsgate Institute, EC2M 4QH. Lesbian fashion. A misnomer? Surely, lesbians don’t do fashion. But contrary to perception, clothing and style have been a crucial part of establishing an identity for women who love women. But if what we wear says who we are, can we be sure we’re all talking in the same dialect or could we be misread? And is it possible to be outside the language of fashion?Speakers include Melanie Rickey (fashioneditoratlarge.com) and Campbell X (Film Director/writer). Live and Let Louche in partnership with the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA). Tickets: £7, £5 conc.                                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/432015683576488/

16 December || Fundraiser for Rape Crisis South London @ Old Blue Last, London. Featuring music from Bat & Ball, Oh Boy, Katie Malco and Girls Get Busy DJs. £5.00 on door.                             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/305914566213768/

COMING UP IN JANUARY

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 – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place.                         MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

Over and Out,

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SIATC *UPDATE* OCTOBER 2013

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SIATC *UPDATE* 2013

Dear Teacups,

This month is such an exciting month – it really is! There are just so many feminist events happening across the country. As always we do our best to list them all here on the Storm in a Teacup blog.  Last month we revealed that Storm in a Teacup will be working in partnership with the Feminist Times to bring you monthly feminist event highlights. We will still be publishing our full listings on this blog as usual so please contact storminateacup2009@googlemail.com if you would like your event listed on Storm in a Teacup and the Feminist Times. Anyone can be a part of the Feminist Times community and even submit ideas and pitches to the editorial team. For more info please see below;

Become a Member                                                                                                                          Follow on Twitter                                                                                                                                  Like on Facebook                                                                                                                                  Join the Mailinglist

National

This month there are some fantastic feminist events happening not only in London but also nationally. The first ever Womens Comedy Festival takes in Manchester from the 1st until the 27th of October with over 100 events across 16 venues. Goldsmiths University are launching the new Feminist Research Centre (FRC) and will be holding an opening lecture on 10th October and panel discussion on the 31st of October. Feminism London Conference  is at the Institute of Education on October 26th and is followed by  Reclaim the Night March  in the same evening. On the 12th of October the History of Feminism Network Conference takes place at the British Library where they will host a day of discussions that explore ‘The Women’s Liberation Movement: Intergenerational Histories of Second Wave Feminism’ . Also happening across the country Ladyfest Leeds on October 19th and the North East Feminist Gathering in Newcastle from 12-13th October.

London

There are also some great feminist events happening in East London this month with launch of Carousel, ‘a new platform which promotes equality in the arts and showcasing emerging and underrepresented talent’ celebrating with a two evenings of music 11th & 12th of October, featuring one of our fave bands; The Hysterical Injury and The Girls Are..DJ set at Power Lunches, Dalston.

East London Fawcett presents their second event as part of the “Are Men Doing it?” campaign. The Bad Boy Of Feminism, James Mullinger’s first solo stand-up UK tour, was a huge hit critically and commercially ending with a sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre.

The premiere screening of short film “Honest Lies” based on a story written by a woman previously involved in prostitution and funded by a kickstarter project. The screening takes place at Amnesty International UK,  followed by a discussion with a panel that includes Kat Banyard (UK Feminista), Fiona Mactaggart MP (Slough), Ruth Jacobs (writer and campaigner) and Cheryl Stafford (Eaves for Women).

Theatre Spotlight

This October update we thought it was important to highlight some of the groundbreaking feminist theatre that is currently storming the stage in London. First up, set in 1898, ‘Blue Stockings’ concerns the hurdles faced by the first generation of women to attend Cambridge University. Written by Jessica Swale and directed by John Dove at the Shakespeares Globe Theatre until 11th October.

Celebrated theatre company Clean Break return to Soho Theatre with Katie Hims’ ‘Billy the Girl’ which runs from 29 October to 24 November. Clean Break is a women’s theatre company using theatre for personal and political change and working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system. On 12 November, a post-show panel conversation features past and present Clean Break commissioned writers discussing the Clean Break commission and its impact on their writing lives. On 13 November, post-show panelists from various disciplines discuss concepts of chaos and women in the criminal justice system.

The Camden People’s Theatre present a festival of feminist theatre “Calm Down Dear” a gathering of artists and companies presenting a three-week season of innovative theatre, performance, comedy, cabaret and discussion about feminism. Programme runs from 23rd October until Sunday 10th of November.

Please see below for the latest Feminist event/Art event and party listings for London and beyond! If you would like your event listed – get in touch; storminateacup2009@gmail.com

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

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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.

LOSE THE LAD MAGS are off to Parliament! On Tuesday 15 October we’re holding a crucial meeting in the House of Commons with Caroline Lucas MP to call on Tesco to lose the lads’ mags.

Email your MP now and ask them to attend – it only takes a couple of minutes using our online form:http://www.losetheladsmags.iparl.com/lobby/7

You can also register to attend the meeting here:http://www.losetheladsmags.org.uk/take-action/events/                                    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

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who have just been handed a 2 year sentence for hooliganism and religious hatred. Find out how to support;                                                                                                                                       FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE: http://freepussyriot.org/

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

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 mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

ELF is recruiting for the following:                                                             Group Coordinator : coordinating the team, meetings and ELF updates                  Sports Campaign Manager: after 2 successful events and press interest, would you like to take the lead on a campaign around women and sport?                              Please also get in touch if you are interested in getting involved in campaigns for Politics, Heartbreak Launderette, Are Men Doing It?, Art or Sport. Do get in touch if you have any other ideas.                 WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

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 involved; activist@ukfeminista.org                                                   MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

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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:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN OCTOBER

Until 11th October || Blues Stockings @ Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Set in 1898, ‘Blue Stockings’ concerns the hurdles faced by the first generation of women to attend Cambridge University. Written by Jessica Swale and directed by John Dove.                                                                                                             MORE INFO: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/whats-on/globe-theatre/blue-stockings

1-13 October | The Age of The Feminine exhibition @ Brighton Arts Club. BN1 4GE. This solo show brings together work created over the last 8 years by the Brighton-based artist and artistic anthropologist Marga Beuth.           MORE INFO: http://www.sepalia.com/pages/get-involved

1 October || Women in Comedy Festival UK Launch Night @ Frog & Bucket Comedy Club, Manchester. The first ever UK Women in Comedy Festival will be held in Greater Manchester in October 2013. Find out more via www.womenincomedy.co.uk or email info@womenincomedy.co.uk Tickets £8 in advance. Doors 7pm, show start at 8pm                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/608103969202363/

2 October || She Grrrowls @ The Gallery Cafe, E2 9PJ. Hosted by Cat Brogan. Comedy from Helen Keen. Poetry from Hannah Chutzpah and Ebele. Music from Hannah Rose Tristram. Showcasing a range of female spoken word – including poetry, comedy and a music finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: SPACE. 7.30pm. £5.00     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/522414891170772/                                            MORE INFO: www.facebook.com/SheGrrrowls

2 October || Big Sexy Noise (Featuring Lydia Lunch) @ The Lexington. Post Punk Poet legend; Lydia Lunch with SUPPORT from: Fat White Family, Broken DC. £11.00                                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/644199838937699/

7 October || Ada Lovelace Day.  Is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. For more information on how to get involved, see the Finding Ada blog andFacebook group.Finding Ada on Twitter

9 October || Women in Comedy Festival Presents; Zoe Lyons and Friends @ The Frog and Bucket, Manchester. Zoe Lyons, Hayley Ellis, Dotty Winters and Kerry Leigh will form one of the many fantastic lines ups at the inaugural UK women in comedy festival.Doors 7pm, show 8pm                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/530816183641424/

10 October || Launch of Centre for Feminist Research (CFR)@ Goldsmiths University, London. Opening Lecture Professor Angela McRobbie “Feminism: The Family and Working Life: the Rise of Neoliberal Sexual Politics.” 5pm-6.30pm in RHB Cinema. MORE INFO: http://www.gold.ac.uk/centre-for-feminist-research/

11 October || Carousel Presents; Bands- Hysterical Injury, H Grimace, Oh Boy @ Power Lunches, Dalston. £4.00. A power-punching noise-pop duo, a dose of post grunge, psych surf and some songs about bodies and blood.                                                                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/629940890373342/

12 October || Carousel Presents; Bands – Shopping, Cat Bear Tree. DJs: The Girls Are..@ Power Lunches, Dalston. £4.00. A post-punk, DIY riot. ‘Primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass.’                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/629940890373342/

12 October || History of Feminism Conference 2013: Intergenerational Histories of Second Wave Feminism @ The British Library. £15.00 A day of dialogues between Women’s Liberation activists and younger feminists.Today Britain is experiencing a resurgence of feminist activity. From online activism to protests at the impact of government policies, women are on the march again. What is the relationship between this new feminism and the Women’s Liberation movement of a generation ago?                                                                                                                             MORE INFO: http://historyfeminism.wordpress.com/conference-2013/

12-13 October || North East Feminist Gathering @ Newcastle-Upon-Tyne This unique women-only space will combine opportunities for discussion, learning and planning with creative and artistic elements.                                                 MORE INFO: www.nefeministgathering.com

14 October || Honest Lies Premiere/Film Screening @ Amnesty International UK,  EC2A 3EA. The premiere screening of this short film based on a story written by a woman previously involved in prostitution during volunteer-led workshops. Following the screening will be a discussion of the challenges facing women exiting prostitution, ways in which they can be supported, and a clear message of support for a change in UK law, calling for those who are prostituted to be decriminalised. Panellists include Kat Banyard (UK Feminista)                                                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/232267423594306/

19 October || Ladyfest Leeds @ Wharf Chambers, Leeds. Host of wonderful speakers, workshops and bands ready to inspire you to release your inner activist, get creative and have a wonderful time. BANDS: Etai Keshiki, Nervous Twitch, Esper Scout, The Three Amigos. 12pm start for the day panel and workshop events. 7pm start for the evening gig. 12pm – 11pm                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/505109659581311/

23 October || East London Fawcett Present; Are Men Doing it? @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, E2 6NB The Bad Boy Of Feminism, James Mullinger’s first solo stand-up UK tour, was a huge hit critically and commercially ending with a sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre. Tickets £5.00                                                                                                                                                     TICKETS : http://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/10892/chk/38c1                                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/513583215395036/

23 October – 10 November | CALM DOWN, DEAR, a festival of feminism @ Camden Peoples Theatre. Calm Down, Dear is the venue’s latest gathering of artists and companies, here presenting a three-week season of innovative theatre, performance, comedy, cabaret and discussion about feminism.  What did it mean then? What does it mean now? Why is it resurgent? Ticket £10 (£8.00 concessions) or double bill shows £15.00 (£12.00 concessions).                                                                                                                          GUARDIAN ARTICLE: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/sep/19/bridget-christie-festival-feminist-london                                                                                                                                    MORE INFO:http://www.cptheatre.co.uk/event_details.php?sectionid=theatre&eventid=732

23 October || Clitrock III @ Rattlesnake of Angel, Islington. All funds raised go to Daughters Of Eve, who are committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). LIVE BANDS: DEUX FURIEUSES, DANA JADE, PEARL HARTS. DJs: Club Motherfucker. £5.00 entry.                                                                                                                                             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1106342036172633/

26 October || Feminism in London Conference @ Institute of Education, University of London, WC1H 0AL. 9am-5.30pm. Followed by Stop Porn Culture event, Finishing with the London Reclaim the Night March and afterparty.                                                                                                                                 TICKETS: http://fil.clientsite.co.uk/                                                                                      MORE INFO: http://www.feminisminlondon.co.uk/

26 October || Reclaim the Night March @ assemble outside Institute of Education (Bedford Way), 6.30pm (nearest tube Russell Square).  For the 10th year running, London Feminist Network will be welcoming women from all over UK and the rest of Europe to march through central London for women, put your feet on the streets to shout a loud NO to rape and all forms of male violence against women.                                                                                                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.reclaimthenight.org/

26 October || What the Frock! Exeter @ The Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter. 8pm After selling out more than 15 comedy nights in Bristol, What The Frock! is coming to Exeter! Headlined by the inimitable Jayde Adams (Time Out award nominee), the line-up also includes Alice Frick (‘exuberant and perfectly pitched’ – Three Weeks), Viv Groskop (‘my god girl, you’ve got some guts’ – Dame Judi Dench), and Laura Lexx (‘next generation Lucy Porter’ – Chortle)       TICKETS & MORE INFO: http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/what-the-frock/

29 October – 24 November || ‘Billy the Girl’ @ Soho Theatre. Clean Break is a women’s theatre company using theatre for personal and political change and working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.                                                                                                                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/billy-the-girl

31 October || Launch of Centre for Feminist Research (CFR)@ Goldsmiths, London.  Feminism @ Goldsmiths. Short presentations by Joan Anim-Addo (English Lif/Centre for Caribbean Studies), Lisa Blackman (Media and Communications), Rosalyn George (Educational Studies/Centre for Identities and Social Justice), Nirmal Puwar (Sociology) and Helena Reckitt (Art).5-7pm, in NAB, LG02. Followed by reception in NAB Atrium.                             MORE INFO: http://www.gold.ac.uk/centre-for-feminist-research/

COMING UP IN NOVEMBER

19 – 23 November || Underwire Festival 2013 @ Venue + Programme TBC. A short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw cinematic talents of women.   MORE INFO: http://www.underwirefestival.com/

20 November || International Transgender Day of Remembrance @ Worldwide. The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside each year to memorialise those who have been killed as a result of transphobia (anti-trans hatred of prejudice)                                                                                                                 MORE INFO: http://www.transgenderdor.org/

COMING UP IN DECEMBER

1 December || Queer Zine Fest @ Space Station Sixty-Five, SE11 4PS     Tablee applications are now open! Drop me an email if you’d like to talk/workshop/table at this year’s Queer Zine Fest London event, which takes place on Dec 1st at Space Station Sixty-Five queerzinefestlondon@gmail.com All details TBC                                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/160624710775600/                                                MORE INFO:http://queerzinefestlondon.tumblr.com/

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                                     Storm in a Teacup                                                                                                                         Feminist Arts Collective                                                                       http://joinourteaparty.org

Underwire Festival 2013 | Open Submissions

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Underwire Festival 2013 | Open Submissions

Are you a woman working as a director, producer, writer, composer, cinematographer, editor, actor or sound designer? Are you or do you know of any outstanding female talent working in film aged 15-25?

Or are you a martian, beaver, teapot, man, boy, elephant or stone who has made a film with a woman working as a director, producer, writer, composer, cinematographer, editor, actor or sound designer?

Then Underwire is for you! There really is no excuse if you’ve a short film under 20minutes. We’ll consider anything that moves from artists films to music videos to docs to dramas.

And don’t forget, there’s more than just a glass of bubbles for our category winners. We work really hard with our awards partners to support our winners with access to training, memberships, mentorships and more.

You can find out about what some of our previous winners have been up to since their awards at www.underwirefestival.com and be inspired. We certainly are.

So you have until midnight on Wednesday 31st July to complete the online application form and send us a DVD or link to your film. Submit here

 

SIATC *UPDATE* NOVEMBER 2012

SIATC *UPDATE* NOVEMBER

Dear Teacups,

Last month we saw some amazing feminist action from UK Feminista at their Feminist lobby of Parliament on 24th of October. Good news for womens rights and gay rights in the US and beyond with Obama being re-elected for a second term. Plus Katja, one of the Pussy Riot three, was released on probation in October. Also good news about the future of The Women’s Library. A new home has been found at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) the downside is they will not be able to maintain the building and will be vacating the purpose built library in Aldgate in 2013. Still it’s nice to have some good news and lots more positive feminist events and actions coming up this month and we all must keep standing up and speaking out to see real, positive progress happening.

This month don’t miss the Music & Liberation exhibition.This amazing collection of zines, photos, art and music of the UK Women’s Liberation Movement from 1970-1989 and has been touring the UK this Autumn. Its final stop is London at Space Station Sixty-Five in Oval. Come along to the free opening event on the 30th November with a performance from folk legend Frankie Armstrong and a talk from Sadista Sister Jude Alderson. The exhibition runs from the 1st of December until the 13th January with a closing event featuring a documentary about Gina Birch (The Raincoats) band; The Gluts. For more info about the archive check out the Women Liberation Music Archive website.

The  Reclaim the Night women-only national march against sexual violence and for gender equality, organised annually by the London Feminist Network is happening on Saturday 24th of November from 6pm. The Feminist Library are hosting a social on Saturday 24th at 2pm with bring and buy book-sale and refreshments. East London Fawcett Group will be marching together and hosting a info stall, so get in touch with them if you want to get involved.

This month there are also some fantastic feminist film festivals coming up; Underwire Fest from the 20th – 24th November and London Feminist Film Fest at Hackney Picturehouse from 29th November until 2nd December with a selection of Feminist films and documentaries. Underwire Festival boast a full week long programme of short films shortlisted for prizes in screenwriting, directing and producing. For full programme of film showings and events please follow links below.
Underwire 2012:
http://www.underwirefestival.com/2012festival/
London Feminist Film Fest:
http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/

Another date for the diary; Saturday 8th December is the first ever Queer Zine Fest London. It’s a fantastic lineup of zine distros, zine artists, workshops and much, much more. They got some great coverage in The Independent last week. For full Zinster lineup see the Facebook Event. Also in South London is a new Riot Grrl/queer night; Bloody Ice Cream on Saturday 1st December with an awesome lineup; Skinny Girl Diet, Ethical Debating Society and My Therapist Says Hot Damn. For more information see the Facebook Event.

In October Storm in a Teacup and The Girls Are.. presented a show at the Lexington for New York band The Shondes, with support from The Tuts and AmiTY. Thank you to all involved and that came along in support it was a great night, great crowd and check out The Girls Are review which features some great photos (yip I just said great three times!!!). and hopefully we might have some more fem fronted gigs on the cards in the new year. In other Storm in a Teacup news we are itching to tell you about the project that has been brewing for a few months now for Lets Start a Pussy Riot. We hope to soon be able to reveal what we have planned alongside some amazing artists, musicians and collectives. We really wanted to create a lasting legacy and impact with this project and so its well worth the wait.

East London Fawcett Group
launched their new website and continue their amazing work with the Great East London Art Audit and getting some well deserved press coverage. They have also got some great events coming up including; a discussion about Women & Sport on the 25th November, which includes a special screening Melanie Brown’s photo-film, Fighting for Peace: Kabul’s Female Boxers, the event is also a fundraiser to support female boxers in Afghanistan. Also on Saturday 24th November ELF free Artist Talk; “The role of the Artist” where artists Rose Gibbs and Leah Capaldi will discuss Capaldi’s new work at the Zabludowicz collection with a special emphasis on the role of the artist, and the trials and tribulations of an art education. For more information about attending these events please email: eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Check out some recent press about ELF’s art audit  in Time Out and Huffington Post;
TIME OUT:
http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2012/09/03/is-there-equality-for-women-in-the-arts/
HUFFINGTON POST:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/23/sexism-art-world_n_2005498.html?1351008965

Find out how to get involved with the East London Fawcett Group’s campaign to find out the truth about representation of women in the art world. For more information about these events or becoming a member please check out the ELF audit website and contact East London Fawcett Group at eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Please visit the Storm in a Teacup blog site to find out how to get involved in the collective and to keep up with the latest news. http://joinourteaparty.org
If you are a promoter or organiser and you would like us to list your event, project or campaign or distribute flyers or zines on our info stalls, please get in touch.


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FEMINIST ACTIVISM

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who have just been handed a 2 year sentence for hooliganism and religious hatred. Find out how to support;
FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE:
http://freepussyriot.org/
http://www.causes.com/causes/787323-free-pussy-riot-now-pussy-riot
LATEST NEWS: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/pussy-riot-suspects-go-on-hunger-strike/461594.html

East London Fawcett Group (ELF) Get involved with the “Great East London Art Audit” research and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com
FACEBOOK GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/

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; activist@ukfeminista.org
MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

A Safe World for Women Please follow the wonderful work of this organisation, which connects grassroots organisations worldwide via:MORE INFO:http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/aware-uganda/awu-stories/2559-teddy-curran.html

Climate Rush Climate Rush seeks craftswomen of all kinds to support the campaign and help to create a beautiful future. The group meets every Thursday at 7pm, Carnaby Street.
MORE INFO: http://www.climaterush.co.uk/
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ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

Lets Start a Pussy Riot zine open submissions
DEADLINE: Ongoing
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
You are invited to submit a creative response in celebration and investigation of freedom of speech, feminism, Pussy Riot and our own place within democratic society. We are accepting submissions in forms of essays, poetry, short stories, investigative journalism, and letters of support. Scholarly, creative and non- fiction writing and artwork. Photos, artwork, music, lyrics. Submissions should be sent to: letsstartapussyriot@yahoo.co.uk
MORE INFO:  http://letsstartapussyriot.wordpress.com/get-involved/
FACEBOOK PAGE:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/LETS-START-A-PUSSY-RIOT/212071305586673

Storm in a Teacup collective plan to put on some great feminist friendly art parties in 2012 so contact us  if you would like to get involved or collaborate.storminateacup2009@googlemail.com

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COMING UP NOVEMBER 2012

Ongoing || Long March to Equality Exhibition @ The Women’s Library Spanning over four hundred years, this exhibition offers the opportunity to delve into and discover “the greatest collection of women’s history in the world”.The Long March to Equality brings together for the first time some of the rarest items from the Womens Library collections.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/222482641210886/
WOMENS LIBRARY: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/

Ongoing || Lets Hear it for the Boys Exhibition @ The Women’s Library Let’s hear it for the boys! will showcase the men who have worked with, helped shape, and appear in The Women’s Library collections
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/334012556692699/
WOMENS LIBRARY: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/

15 November || T-Club @ Dalston Superstore. DJs THE LIBRARIAN, FELIX the BARBER, RICKY ALMEIDA, SHAMPAIN. Plus much more. Free. 8.30pm onwards.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/470860299625148/

16 November || Unskinny Bop @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club Anything goes knees up for queers & misfits. DJs play bubblegum pop, girl punk, rock&roll, soul, divas & women who ROCK.  £5 (£3 conc / flyer) 9.00pm – 2.00am. No entry after 12am.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/518692738140955/

16 November || Club Lesley @ Dalston Superstore. 9pm onwards. MDMX + MAXX DMX
BISOUX + JOHN RENAUD in the steampit basement £5 after 10.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/282585795186674/

17 November || OBJECT! Turn Your Back on Page 3 Protest @ News International HQ. 2pm. Turn Your Back on Page 3 campaign and other feminist groups, we’ll be marking the anniversary of Page 3 with a protest outside News International HQ calling for an end to sexist misrepresentations of women in our press.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/422543917805364/
MORE INFO: http://www.object.org.uk

18 November || Feminist Film Evening @ House of Brag, Kennington. 5pm onwards. Film, raffle and refreshments. Suggested donation £2 -£5 raising funds for Feminism in London’s 2013 conference.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/109419022556024/

20 – 24 November || Underwire Film Fest 2012 @ Ritzy, Brixton. Celebrating shorts by Women. Submissions for short films now open.
FULL PROGRAMME: http://www.underwirefestival.com/2012festival/
MORE INFO: http://underwirefestival.com

23 November || Giddy Up! @ The Betsey Trotwood.An alternative night for the homosexually inclined and their friends.  9pm onwards. Free.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/489027364463767/

24 November || Reclaim the Night Social @ The Feminist Library, 2pm onwards. Social gathering before the march.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/113179455510343/

24 November || Reclaim the Night March assemble @ Whitehall Place, 6pm. Join with thousands of women to shout a loud NO to rape and male violence against women and demand justice for survivors.
MORE INFO: www.reclaimthenight.org
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/275013282618165/

24 November || ELF Artist Talks “The role of the Artist” with Rose Gibbs and Leah Capaldi @  Zabludowicz Collection (Library room), NW5 3PT. 1pm. Artists Rose Gibbs and Leah Capaldi will discuss Capaldi’s new work at the Zabludowicz collection with a special emphasis on the role of the artist, and the trials and tribulations of an art education.RSVP to add your name to the list: eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/upcoming-events/

24 November || TWAT b. presents; AUSTRA, DAM MANTLE (live), Planningtorock, Anika (DJS) plus much more. @ Victorian Volts, EC2A 3JF 10pm – 5pm £10.00.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/136562446491341/

24 November || Sister Sister @ The Victoria, Mile End. Djs include: Girls Get Busy & Not So Popular. Playing the best & biggest female fronted sounds from hip hop, UK garage, rap and r’n’b, to d’n’b & reggae.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/293329184105047/

25 November || East London Fawcett Group hosts Women & Sport discussion @ Body Studio, EC2A 3AY. With a special screening of Melanie Brown’s photo-film, Fighting for Peace: Kabul’s Female Boxers, the event is also a fundraiser to support female boxers in Afghanistan. A discussion will be led by Francesca Brown (Fair Game Campaign, Stylist Magazine), Naomi Gibson (Founder, Girls in Gloves), Margaret Pope (Director and Founder, Body Studio), Trecia-Kaye Smith (Jamaican athlete and triple jumper) and Laura Williamson (Sports Writer, The Daily Mail) . £5.00 entry (£2 unwaged) on door. RSVP to add your name to the list: eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com.EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/upcoming-events/

29 November || Women Make Noise @ Power Lunches. LIVE: Trash Kit, Covergirl, Sisters, Woolf. Launch gig to celebrate the publication of Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to Modern. Out now on Supernova Press (special women & arts imprint of Aurora Metro)  FREE GIG! Though contributions for the bands are very welcome. Get there early as there is limited capacity.Bands start at 8pm. RSVP: rebecca@aurorametro.com
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/478924028797272/

29 November-2 December || London Feminist Film Festival @ Hackney Picturehouse. Join the mailing list by sending an email with the header “mailing list” to info@londonfeministfilmfestival.com.
FULL PROGRAMME: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/programme/
MORE INFO: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/

29 November – 9 February 2012 || Donmar Warehouse presents; Julius Caesar Phyllida Lloyd directs an all-female company in Shakespeare’s raw and eternal study of power. The poster for the production shows women dressed as PUSSY RIOT. This production marks Phyllida Lloyd’s return to theatre, and to the Donmar stage, after her film The Iron Lady. Tickets on sale now, only limited tickets still available.
MORE INFO: http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/pl153.html

30 November – 15 January 2013 | Music & Liberation: Feminist Music Making in the UK 1970-1980’s Exhibition @ Space Station Sixty Five, London. How feminists used music as an activist tool to entertain and empower women during the 1970s and 1980s. It brings together for the first time a diverse collection of women’s cultural heritage to inspire and inform contemporary audiences about the politics of music making. Come along to the opening party on Friday 30th November.
OPENING PARTY FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/121988741290913/
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/196908370424852/
MORE INFO: http://music-and-liberation.tumblr.com/

30 November || Debbie @ Resistance Gallery. DEBBIE is a night of female-fronted rock, pop & indie, for gays, girls, freaks and geeks. 9.00pm onwards. Free before 10, £3 till 11, £5 after 11. Last entry 11.45 pm.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/477729758937296/


COMING UP IN DECEMBER 2012

1 December || Bloody Ice Cream launch night @ The Grosvenor, SW9. Live: Skinny Girl Diet, Ethical Debating Society, My Therapist Says Hot Damn. Plus Zines and DJs including Girl Germs spinning the best of riot grrrl/indie/90s Doors at 8.30pm, £5/£4 with a flyer. FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/527239767292154/

8 December || Queer Zine Fest @ Space Station Sixty-Five, SE11. Expect talks, workshops, music, art, films, exhibitions, food and stacks of queerific zines. 12.00pm – 7pm.
THE INDEPENDENT COVERAGE: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/zine-and-done-it-8300830.html
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/232251613569656/

15 December || Club Motherfu*ker Christmas Party @ Shacklewell Arms. Line up TBA
£5.00adv £7.00 on door.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/109039439258583/?fref=ts

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Feminist Arts Collective
http://joinourteaparty.org

Underwire Festival 2012

Underwire Festival 2012 @ The Ritzy, Brixton 

20 – 24 November

Underwire, the UK’s only short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw
cinematic talents of women, have announced the programme for their third annual festival, running 20 – 24 November at The Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, London. Featuring an eclectic mix of genres, themes and aesthetic styles across ten programmes, the festival welcomes two new award categories this year for Best  Sound Designer and Best Actor. These ten craft awards aim to recognise outstanding female film practitioners working in the UK today.

Highlights from this yearʼs festival include The Art of Science, sponsored by the
Wellcome Trust – a programme of weird and wonderful biomedical shorts, made by women, followed by a discussion and drinks with scientists; LOCO presents Live Wire, a night of live and filmed comedy, featuring up and coming talents Lady Garden, Hils Barker and Lou Sanders; Carol Morley (Dreams of a Life) and guests look forward to a time when the question “How does it feel to be a woman filmmaker?” is never asked again in Why Women Canʼt Make Features, andUnderwire and Sight & Sound launch their exciting new competition for women film journalists.

“Underwire has boomed this year”, says Helen Jack, festival co-Director. “Our 2012 Tour across the UK has opened our eyes to the amount of female film talent we have in this country, and the duty we have to nurture it”.

Founder & co-Director Gemma Mitchell adds, “With a trebling in submission numbers this year, weʼre reminded of how necessary a festival like Underwire is. Inequalities still exist in the industry – for a multitude of reasons – and with each festival we try and address these issues and push progress forward”. The films in this yearʼs festival put interesting female characters at their center,  featuring an OAP activist, an eccentric engineer, and a female boxer who battles with discrimination. With a mix of animation (Belly, Tosh), documentaries (Another Note, Racing Time), drama (Summit, Wild) and experimental film (Anatidae, Moments), these films will inspire and excite audiences. Alongside the film programme, UnderWire is hosting a day of affordable industry events on Saturday 24 November.

Sessions include Walking the Wire, a marathon workshop providing practical and empowering information vital for women working in the creative and media industries; In Your Own Hands, which looks at why DLSRs are changing DIY filmmaking from the avant-garde to the mainstream, and Script, Shoot, Slice, Screen will take an in-depth look at the craft of a short film from start to finish, through a series of Q&As and screenings.

UNDERWIRE WEBSITE: http://www.underwirefestival.com/

SIATC *UPDATE* SEPTEMBER 2012

SIATC *UPDATE* SEPTEMBER 2012

*Freedom is in Peril defend it with all your might” –  Street Art by Expanded Eye

Dear Teacups,

It’s been a very busy summer and Storm in a Teacup have been focussing their time and energies on supporting, raising awareness and coordinating projects around the Free Pussy Riot campaign. Storm in a Teacup joined forces yet again with Girls Get Busy Zine and Not So Popular, who we worked with back in April to put on London’s first Pussy Riot fundraiser. This time we decided we would form a collective: Lets Start a Pussy Riot to collect people’s creative responses to the Pussy Riot saga, the goal being that we will be compiling creative submissions with the aim of publishing a zine. We have also been sharing the submissions via our wordpress site, tumblr and Facebook page. Check out the website to see all the submissions we have shared so far. We also have just confirmed a publisher for the zine, but we can’t share the details just yet – but let us tell you this – its very exciting!

Lots of fundraising and support events for Pussy Riot have popped up around London from the Royal Court to the upcoming Donmar Warehouse’s production of Julius Caesar (with Pussy Riot balaclavas and an all female cast) the Pussy Riot grrls have penetrated far beyond the media hype, they have inspired a generation, and have mobilised support from the DIY grassroots and beyond. Pussy Riot have raised the bar for Feminist Activism and we want everyone to be a part of the revolution! Come along to one of the upcoming Pussy Riot fundraisers in London and show your support; On Sunday 9th of September, three promoters; Popular,  White On White and Shatterjapan present a cracking lineup of bands and artists most notably Gaggle, Peggy Sue and Skinny Girl Diet plus much more at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen. Then on Sunday 23rd September Positive Action present another great Pussy Riot benefit with a great lineup; with headliners; Covergirl at the Buffalo Bar. There is also a protest being organised in London for Saturday, September 15 as part of another Global Day of Action for Pussy Riot.

Also DON’T MISS this month; UK Feminista Summer School on the 15th & 16th of September and SLUTWALK march in London on Saturday 22nd of September

Here is a selection of links to press coverage of our project: Lets Start a Pussy Riot!
BUST:
http://www.bust.com/blog/lets-start-a-pussy-riot-make-your-voice-heard-with-this-new-project.html
DAZED & CONFUSED:
http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/14201/1/starting-a-pussy-riot
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL:
http://www2.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/digital-amnesty/free-pussy-riot-freedom-expression-and-creative-protest

Latest PUSSY RIOT VIDEO

Latest PUSSY RIOT SONG “PUTIN LIGHTS UP THE FIRES” http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/video/2012/aug/17/pussy-riot-release-new-single-video

LYRICS IN ENGLISH: http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/820277/read-the-lyrics-to-pussy-riots-first-single-from-behind-bars-putin-lights-up-the-fires

We are very excited to announce that Storm in a Teacup will be joint promoting a gig with The Girls Are... on the 21st of October at The Lexington. The Shondes from Brooklyn, New York are hopping over the pond for their hugely anticipated first-ever European tour and we are proud to be putting on their London show. Throwing Up and The Tuts are supporting and  Girls Get Busy will be DJing. Don’t miss this amazing lineup. You can buy your tickets for £5.00 at We Got Tickets and check out the Facebook event here.

The Great East London Art Audit continues this month with the East London Fawcett Groups free gallery talk on Saturday 15th September visiting four commercial galleries in London’s West End, hosted by artist Rose Gibbs. ELF also presents their first ever feminist film screening at Cremer Street Salon. Join them for a screening of ORLANDO an adaptation of Virgina Woolf’s radical novel by acclaimed British filmmaker: Sally Potter. Find out how to get involved with the East London Fawcett Group’s campaign to find out the truth about representation of women in the art world. For more information about these events or becoming a member please check out the ELF audit website and contact East London Fawcett Group at eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Please visit the Storm in a Teacup blog site to find out how to get involved in the collective and to keep up with the latest news. http://joinourteaparty.org If you are a promoter or organiser and you would like us to list your event, project or campaign or distribute flyers or zines on our info stalls, please get in touch.


OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who have just been handed a 2 year sentence for hooliganism and religious hatred. Find out how to support;
FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE:
http://freepussyriot.org/
http://www.causes.com/causes/787323-free-pussy-riot-now-pussy-riot
LATEST NEWS: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/pussy-riot-suspects-go-on-hunger-strike/461594.html

East London Fawcett Group (ELF) Get involved with the “Great East London Art Audit” research and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com
FACEBOOK GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/

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; activist@ukfeminista.org
MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

A Safe World for Women Please follow the wonderful work of this organisation, which connects grassroots organisations worldwide via: MORE INFO:
http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/aware-uganda/awu-stories/2559-teddy-curran.html

Climate Rush Climate Rush seeks craftswomen of all kinds to support the campaign and help to create a beautiful future. The group meets every Thursday at 7pm, Carnaby Street.
MORE INFO: http://www.climaterush.co.uk/
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ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS

Lets Start a Pussy Riot zine open submissions
DEADLINE:
31st October
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
You are invited to submit a creative response in celebration and investigation of freedom of speech, feminism, Pussy Riot and our own place within democratic society. We are accepting submissions in forms of essays, poetry, short stories, investigative journalism, and letters of support. Scholarly, creative and non- fiction writing and artwork. Photos, artwork, music, lyrics. Submissions should be sent to: letsstartapussyriot@yahoo.co.uk
MORE INFO:  http://letsstartapussyriot.wordpress.com/get-involved/
FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/pages/LETS-START-A-PUSSY-RIOT/212071305586673

For Books Sake – Roller Derby Anthology
DEADLINE:
October 28th
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
Write us a story about roller derby – all styles and genres are welcome – and email it to us by Sunday 28th October 2012. With the London Rollergirls, we’ll compile our favourites into an anthology, to be published early 2013.
MORE INFO: http://forbookssake.net/for-books-sake-london-rollergirls-want-you/
FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/ForBooksSake

Underwire Film Festival 2012 open submissions for a variety of different film, producing, composing and screenwriting awards.
DEADLINE:
September 21st
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION: http://www.underwirefestival.com/programme/
FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/underwirefestival

Storm in a Teacup collective plan to put on some great feminist friendly art parties in 2012 so contact us  if you would like to get involved or collaborate.storminateacup2009@googlemail.com


SEPTEMBER 2012

8 September || NO LAPDANCING CLUBS IN TOWER HAMLETS DEMO
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/274241759253674/

9 September || For Books’ Sake @ Thames Festival. Part of Where the Wild Words Are..Around the site, they will be releasing hundreds of words into the wild. It will be down to you to find them, tame them, and turn them into stories, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with. There will be a base camp with a free book swap where you can come and see us, and there’ll be all sorts of shenanigans going on throughout the day too.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/482032781814680/

9 September || Pussy Riot Fundraiser @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Live: PEGGY SUE, GAGGLE, NEUROTIC MASS MOVEMENT, SKINNY GIRL DIET
NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB (DJ), ESBEN AND THE WITCH (DJ), KARIN PARK (DJ), NOVELLA (DJ), NIGHT WORKS (DJ), VUVUVULTURES (DJ), ZOETROPE (DJ) FREE ENTRY – YOUR DONATION. 6PM onwards
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/340744939347143/

12 September || ELF present: film screening of ORLANDO @ Cremer Street Salon, Unit 3, E2 8HD. In conjunction with Cremer St. Salon and Milly Abraham, ELF is delighted to present the first in its feminist film series. Acclaimed British filmmaker, Sally Potter’s on-screen adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s radical 1928 novel of the same name. £2.00. Reserve your place: gabrielacalalesina@gmail.com EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://elf-audit.com/

15-16 September || UK FEMINISTA Summer School 2012 @ University of Bristol Student Union. UK Feminista’s Summer School 2012 is a unique opportunity to learn skills, share ideas and prepare to organise with feminists across the UK. Weekend pass: £15.00 / Day Pass: £8.00
BOOK TICKETS NOW: http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/book-for-summer-school-2012/

15 September || ELF Free Gallery Tour@ Spruth Magers, W1S 4EJ. This rescheduled tour, hosted by artist Rose Gibbs, will comprise visits to four commercial galleries in London West End (Spruth Magers, Hauser & Wirth, Sadie Coles, Frith Street Gallery). We will, as always end in the pub for discussion and fun. 2pm FREE
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/upcoming-events/

15 September || London Protest @ Global Day of Support for Pussy Riot
Demonstration supporting Global “Pussy Riot” Day ifrom 11 am till 2 pm, opposite the Russian Consulate at Bayswater Road.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/278450275589875/

From 17 September || Lets Hear it for the Boys Exhibition @ The Women’s Library Let’s hear it for the boys! will showcase the men who have worked with, helped shape, and appear in The Women’s Library collections
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/334012556692699/
WOMENS LIBRARY: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/

18 September | ELF Talks: POLITICS @ Cremer St Salon, Unit 3, , E2 8HD. 7pm. Join us as we debate women’s influence in campaigns and politics. The event will centre on debate across a panel including Hannah Lownsborough (38 Degrees), Lucy Pearce (Friends of the Earth) and Councillor Amy Whitelock (Labour, Tower Hamlets). Register to attend by emailing rachel.n.blake@gmail.com.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/upcoming-events/

19 September || East London Fawcett Group hosts a Free Film Screening of PINA @ Hoxton, 6.30pm (Unit 3, 37 Cremer Street, Cremer Business Centre, E2 8HD) Hosted by the East London Fawcett Group and Gabriela Cala-Lesina, this screening of PINA marks the first in an ongoing series of free film screenings, dedicated to celebrating women.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

21 September || Mad Women, Bad Women @ Cinema Museum Celebrate the Anti-Heroine of film and fable! Films from Mucky Puppets and Live storytelling with Vanessa Woolf-Hoyle with special guest Rindhouse Films!. Premiere of new short film Spring Heeled Jane! SE11 4TH. £8.00 / £6.50 ADVANCED
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/436456186394700/

21 September || Breakfast with Apollo #2 -She Makes War, Single Launch @ The Half Moon, Herne Hill. She Makes War and My Big Sister Present “Breakfast With Apollo #2″ – “Minefields” Single Launch Extravaganza Lineup: SHE MAKES WAR & THE OLYMPIANS, [this is radio silence], Erin K, Helen Arney (compere).
BUY TICKETS: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/181660
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/270881886354513/

21 September || Unskinny Bop @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club Anything goes knees up for queers & misfits. DJs play bubblegum pop, girl punk, rock&roll, soul, divas & women who ROCK.  £5 (£3 conc / flyer) 9.00pm – 2.00am
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/101981083288123/

22 September || SLUTWALK LONDON 2012 The radical notion that nobody deserves to be raped – Coming to London again on Saturday 22nd September 2012! MEET 12.30 at Top of Piccadilly. SET OFF at 1.30pm.
Donate to SlutWalk 2012: http://bit.ly/slutwalk2012donate
FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/slutwalklondonuk
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/405993389462416/
MORE INFO: http://slutmeansspeakup.org.uk/

22 September || CLUB LESLEY @ Dalston Superstore. dance, funk-doom, electronic, RnB, garage + a rave cave and more…9.00pm onwards. £5.00
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/458468267509988/

23 September || Pussy Riot Fundraiser @ Buffalo Bar. Live: Covergirl, The Ethical Debating Society, My Therapist Says Hot Damn, Riots not Diets DJs. £5.00. 20.00pm – 1.00am
BUY TICKETS: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/182961
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/342836132468178/

23 September || ELF Arts Monoculture workshop with Tamsyn Challenger @ Beaconsfield Gallery, SE11 6AY, 204pm. Challenger invites ELF members to join her at the Beaconsfield Gallery, where she is currently in residence, to interact with her lifelong Tamsynette project. At this artist-led workshop participants will have the opportunity to don a wig, make like Tamsyn and visit her photobooth in the first of the Monoculture experiments.
This workshop is free to ELF members but please register by emailing ELF Art Director Gemma Rolls-Bentley: gemmarollsbentley@gmail.com.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/upcoming-events/

COMING UP IN OCTOBER 2012

5 October || TWAT BOUTIQUE Warehouse Party @ Secret Location. LIVE: Planningtorock, No Bra, MDMX plus much more. £7.00 advanced £10.00 on door.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/517952861552577/

October TBC || Cutting Women Out, Islington report launch @ Houses of Parliament, Westminster. This event marks the official launch of ELF research into how austerity measures have disproportionately affected women.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

From 17 October || Long March to Equality Exhibition @ The Women’s Library Spanning over four hundred years, this exhibition offers the opportunity to delve into and discover “the greatest collection of women’s history in the world”.The Long March to Equality brings together for the first time some of the rarest items from the Womens Library collections.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/222482641210886/
WOMENS LIBRARY: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/

21 October || Storm in a Teacup & The Girls Are… Present; THE SHONDES, THROWING UP & THE TUTS @ The Lexington. £5.00 (Adv) £6.00 (Door).Brooklyn’s THE SHONDES rock up in London as part of their inaugural European tour.
BUY TICKETS: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/182405
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/435970496453948/

23 October || UK Feminista Lobby of Parliament. Come together with activists and organisations from across the country at a feminist lobby of parliament and call on MPs to stop eroding women’s rights and start driving forward women’s equality.
> 11:00 – 13:00 Rally event and training
> 14:00 – 16:00 Lobby your MP at the Houses of Parliament
MORE INFO: http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/feminist-lobby-of-parliament/
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/408676299189713/

27 October || London Anarchist Bookfair @ Queen Mary’s University. 10am – 7pm. Books, zines, workshops, lectures and meetings.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/315791458486570/

28 October || *From the Back Room* screening @ Power Lunches with Skinny Girl Diet live. From 6pm. £5.00. Documentary by Washington DC film-maker Amy Oden, chronicling women in diy punk cultures, and exploding the myth that ‘every girl is a riot grrrl’.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.co

COMING UP IN NOVEMBER 2012

30 November – 15 January 2013 | Music & Liberation: Feminist Music Making in the UK 1970-1980’s Exhibition @ Space Station Sixty Five, London. How feminists used music as an activist tool to entertain and empower women during the 1970s and 1980s. It brings together for the first time a diverse collection of women’s cultural heritage to inspire and inform contemporary audiences about the politics of music making.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/196908370424852/
MORE INFO: http://womensliberationmusicarchive.wordpress.com/music-liberation-exhibition/

20 – 24 November || Underwire Film Fest 2012 @ London venues TBA. Celebrating shorts by Women. Submissions for short films now open. Deadline: September 21st
OPEN SUBMISSION INFO: http://www.underwirefestival.com/programme/
MORE INFO: http://underwirefestival.com

29 November-2 December || London Feminist Film Festival Join the mailing list by sending an email with the header “mailing list” to info@londonfeministfilmfestival.com.
OPEN SUBMISSION INFO: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/2012/05/21/call-for-submissions/
MORE INFO: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/

29 November – 9 February 2012 || Donmar Warehouse presents; Julius Caesar Phyllida Lloyd directs an all-female company in Shakespeare’s raw and eternal study of power. The poster for the production shows women dressed as PUSSY RIOT. This production marks Phyllida Lloyd’s return to theatre, and to the Donmar stage, after her film The Iron Lady. Tickets on sale from the 1st of October.

Underwire Film Festival 2012 || Open Submissions

Underwire Festival is OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS, the deadline to get your film applications completed is the 21st of September. Please see the Underwire website for full information.

Eligibility for UnderWire 2012

UnderWire looks to showcase all kinds of film – we accept drama, animation, documentary, music video and artist film.
Apart from the XX Award, films are only eligible for the category that they have a female creative for.
The XX Award can be entered by both male and female directors. The Award is for films which put interesting female characters at their centre.
Entries for all film categories must be:
• Under 20 minutes long
• Completed since November 2010
• British or Irish and/or the film must be a UK or Republic of Ireland production.
• Available for screening on one of the following formats: Mini DV / Digi Beta / DV Cam / .mov

Please note:

• The deadline for all submissions is 21 September 2012
• DVD’s submitted cannot be returned
•  If your film is selected, you must include a SAE for us to return your Mini DV / Digi Beta / DV Cam after the festival.
• If you are successful, the screening format indicated on the form cannot be changed without prior agreement one month in advance of the festival. Please do not put inaccurate information on the form – if you do not have one of the marked screening formats available, notify us with your application.
• Successful applicants will be notified by 5th October 2012.
• We can only consider submissions which are entered with both the DVD/link, payment receipt and the completed application form. The Submission fee is £5 per disc (not per category)
• Please send DVD’s to Underwire Festival, c/o WFTV, Unit 2 Wedgwood Mews, 12 – 13 Greek Street, W1D 4BB, or email us a link to your film to underwire *at* underwirefestival.com

To submit, head on through to the form.

Submission FAQs

• To give an example of what can and can not be submitted:
If the film is directed by a man and produced by a woman, then the film is eligible in the producing category but will not be considered in the directing category.
If the film is being entered into a category where the entrant shares a credit with a male, it is not eligible, e.g. it is written by a male and a female.
Only the XX Award can be entered by both male and female directors.
• If you are submitting one film, but have women in more than 1 key role and you would like them all considered, that’s great! You do not have to pay the submission fee for each category entered, but we do ask that you complete a separate application form for each category you would like us to consider the film in.

SIATC *UPDATE* JULY 2012

SIATC *UPDATE* JULY 2012

Dear Teacups,

First up big apologies for the no-show of the June update (and the slight lateness of this July update) various difficult personal matters prevented me from getting it published in time. Hey-ho and on we go- here we are again for another bumper July update full of wonderful feminist friendly events the ‘big smoke’ has to offer. Not only is it World Pride this coming weekend, it’s also the Fattylympics! And out of town we must not forget to mention Bristol Ladyfest 2012, with an amazing lineup of music, comedy, film and workshops.

If you’re as sick as I am about hearing about the Olympics, or even sick of people saying they are sick of the Olympics then trot on down to the Fattylympics happening this Saturday 7th of July. Amazing body-positive event, with lots of alternative sporting events to take part in or you can just come along to lend some friendly support. Also there is a very special Unskinny Bop Prom happening in the evening as the Fattylympic’s official afterparty.

Storm in a Teacup got some great press last month when TNT published an article “ The Rebirth of the Riot: Feminist zines and bands making a comeback”  where we were interviewed about the resurgence of feminist art activity in London. We are also very excited to announce that we are joining forces with London Dreamtime to bring you anotherTrue Stories on the Heath” event at Hampstead Heath Ladies pond on Friday 27th July. This is a truly special event where you will be treated to 5 artists sharing true stories in a twilight setting, with picnics and swimming in the magical surroundings of the Ladies pond. If you are planning to come along please make sure you book your place by emailing; neckingernell@yahoo.com

The Great East London Art Audit continues this month with a free gallery talk on Saturday 14th July at WW Gallery and a free gallery tour on Sunday 29th July still TBA ! Find out how to get involved with the East London Fawcett Group’s campaign to find out the truth about representation of women in the art world. For more information please see this blog post and contact East London Fawcett Group at eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Please visit the Storm in a Teacup blog site to find out how to get involved in the collective and to keep up with the latest news. http://joinourteaparty.org
If you are a promoter or organiser and you would like us to list your event, project or campaign  or distribute flyers or zines on our info stalls, please get in touch.

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who currently have 3 members in prison ON HUNGER STRIKE  awaiting trial for a performance in an Orthodox Church. Find out how to support;
FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE:http://www.causes.com/causes/787323-free-pussy-riot-now-pussy-riot
LATEST NEWS: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/pussy-riot-suspects-go-on-hunger-strike/461594.html

East London Fawcett Group (ELF) Get involved with the “Great East London Art Audit” research. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com
FACEBOOK GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

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; activist@ukfeminista.org
MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

A Safe World for Women Please follow the wonderful work of this organisation, which connects grassroots organisations worldwide via: MORE INFO:
http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/aware-uganda/awu-stories/2559-teddy-curran.html

Climate Rush Climate Rush seeks craftswomen of all kinds to support the campaign and help to create a beautiful future. The group meets every Thursday at 7pm, Carnaby Street.
MORE INFO: http://www.climaterush.co.uk/
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ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS

London Feminist Film Festival 2012  open submissions
DEADLINE: August 30th
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/submissions/
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/270989579633875/

Underwire Film Festival 2012 open submissions
DEADLINE: September 21st
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION: http://www.underwirefestival.com/programme/
FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/underwirefestival

Feminist Studio Space Available
Caroline Halliday, a Director of the CASS Feminist Group is setting up a feminist studio space in Hackney. Please get in touch if interested: carohalliday@phonecoop.coop

VV Collective Are you a female visual fine artist? Join VV members lounge, and sign up to their mailing-list to find out about open submissions for upcoming exhibitions.
MORE INFO: http://wearevv.wordpress.com/members-lounge-2/
APPLY: http://wearevv.wordpress.com

Storm in a Teacup collective plan to put on some great feminist friendly art parties in 2012 so contact us  if you would like to get involved or collaborate. storminateacup2009@googlemail.com

COMING UP IN JULY 2012

3 July || Club Wotever World Pride Film
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/243466072431352/

4 July || Club Wotever World Pride Music/Comedy
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/238846376230649/

7 July || World Pride 2012 @ Various events across London
MORE INFO: http://www.pridelondon.org/

7 July || FATTYLYMPICS! @ Grassroots, Memorial Park, West Ham. 12.00pm onwards. A fat-positive event. The Fattylympics is a non-profit community event satirising the You Know Whats in East London 2012, and featuring fat activism, games, performances, stalls and other DIY activities
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/144455532344895/
MORE INFO: http://fattylympics.blogspot.co.uk/

7 July || Unskinny Bop Prom @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club (afterparty for the fatty olympics) Unskinny Bop presents the PROM night of your dreams featuring THREE rooms of high school entertainment and HOURS of non-normative disco fun including: live covers band, class photographer, spiked punch, chaperones, slow dances
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/320267381387712/

7 July || FOR BOOK SAKE present THE QUIZ @ Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Fringe. 19.30pm – 21.30pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/420717747956192/

12 July || South East London Folklore Society presents; Sheila Nar Gigs and The English Goddess @ The Old Queens Head, SE1 1NA. Simon Brighton, author of “Echoes of the Goddess: A Quest for the Sacred Feminine in the British Landscape” will be giving this month’s talk. £2.50/£1.50 concs
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/153849464751356/

14 July || East London Fawcett Group Free Gallery Talk @ WW Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden EC1N 8DX. Curators Debra Wilson & Chiara Williams will be giving a free talk and tour of solo show of new works by Sadie Hennessy. FREE
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

14 July || When Woman Created the World @ Rich Mix, Bethnal Green.16.00pm -17.00pm, FREE. A mischievous and lyrical celebration of WOMAN in word, music, song, dance and image. This is a vibrant ‘work in progress showing’ with discussion and feedback afterwards..
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/338284332913276/

14 July || CLUB LESLEY @ Dalston Superstore. dance, funk-doom, electronic, RnB, garage + a rave cave and more…9.00pm onwards. £5.00
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/405215876181374/

14 July || DICK AND FANNY @ Camp Basement, EC1 Club night for homosexuals of all persuasions , is back for its sweltering July outing. Our sizzling midsummer line up includes DAVE KENDRICK (MACHO CITY), NADIA KSAIBA, DJ SVETA (AUSTRALIA) and EL NINO DIABLO, 22.00PM – 4.00AM
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/249049991877407/

14 July || BAD REPUTATION @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. Monthly disco for queers, riot grrrls, punx, and geeks.  10pm-2.30am.£3 entry as usual.We play indie punk pop riot grrrl emo hip hop dance party hits.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/330233007060290/

19 July || T-CLUB @ Dalston Superstore. Featuring DJs; THE LIBRARIAN, FELIX the BARBER, RICKY ALMEIDA, TATU V. 20.30pm – 2.00am
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/405942379452248/

20 July || JD SAMSON @ TRAUMFRAU @ Blind Tiger Club, Brighton. Brighton’s newest queer night for girls and their friends is back: music you actually like, talented performers and a touch of DIY FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/250039848440602/

20 July || HOWLERS @ Vogue Fabrics. 22.00pm – 3.00am Throbbing RnB, effervescent pop, and power disco  FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/419094154810118/

21 July || The Legacy of Octavia Hill @ Guided Walk with the Women’s Library 2.30pm (120 mins), £10.00.Join this walk to commemorate the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill, a tireless social reformer and co-founder of the National Trust. The tour explores Borough and Southwark where Octavia’s legacy of artisan housing, Army Cadets and ‘open sitting rooms’ remain. BOOK IN ADVANCE: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/whats-on/events/guided-walks.cfm

26 July || South East London Zines Presents; Zine picnic @ Hilly Fields, Brockley. Come and play at South East London Zines’ summer craft session! We’ll make a collective zine on the day, so please feel free to send work to us in advance. Bring snacks and craft materials.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/304158493013460/304189319677044/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

27 July || London Dreamtime in association with Storm in a Teacup Present; True Stories on the Heath @ Hampstead Heath Ladies Pond. 5 artists sharing true stories in a twilight setting, with picnics and swimming in the magical surroundings of the Ladies pond. If you are planning to come along please email; neckingernell@yahoo.com
MORE INFO: http://joinourteaparty.org/2012/06/23/siatc-london-dreamtime-present-true-stories-hampstead-heath-ladies-pond/
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/459925054020048/

28 July || Riots not Diets present; The Nuns @ The Green Door Store, Brighton. 7pm, £6.00. All grrrl tribute act playing the songs of 60s beat herberts, THE MONKS (beloved of The Fall, Iggy Pop, Raincoats, etc etc etc etc). The Nuns feature members of Echobelly, Mambo Taxi and many other great bands.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/255742314534602/

28 July || CLUB MOTHERFU*KER Summer Special @ Corsica Studios, SE17 1EB, 9.00pm – 4.00am. £8.00. LIVE: Teengirl Fantasy, Becoming Real, Seams, Eaux, plus much more. FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/195908290537414/

29 July || East London Fawcett Gallery Tour @ TBC in West End Curated by the artist, Rose Gibbs, this tour will focus on commercial galleries and poses the question, ‘how can commercial galleries adopt and maintain a mandate to support female artists’? FREE
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/


COMING UP IN AUGUST 2012

3 August || Wotever World meet Pussy Whipped @ Hot August Fringe, Royal Vauxhall Tavern. From 7.00pm.  Pussy Whipped is Edinburgh’s queer-feminist bizarre alternative band night, hosting the most talented queer and female bands from across Europe. Tonight Pussy Whipped presents live Maria and The Gay, Ste McCabe, Shrag and Citizen 2, four queer and/or feminist mind-blowing performances you will never forget!
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/382511175146157/

Until 25 August  || All Work and Low Pay Exhibition @ The Women’s Library. FREE entry, library opening hours.
MORE INFO: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/whats-on/exhibitions/all-work-and-low-pay-the-story-of-women-and-work.cfm


COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER 2012

September TBA || SLUT WALK LONDON 2012 The radical notion that nobody deserves to be raped – Coming to London again in September 2012, Date TBA! Donate to SlutWalk 2012:http://bit.ly/slutwalk2012donate
FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/slutwalklondonuk
MORE INFO: http://slutmeansspeakup.org.uk/

8 September || NO LAPDANCING CLUBS IN TOWER HAMLETS DEMO
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/274241759253674/

Until 8 September || Cycling for Women’s Suffrage @ The Women’s Library. FREE entry, library opening hours.
MORE INFO: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/whats-on/exhibitions/cycling-to-suffrage-the-bicycle-and-womens-rights-1890-1914.cfm

15-16 September || UK FEMINISTA Summer School 2012 @ University of Bristol Student Union. UK Feminista’s Summer School 2012 is a unique opportunity to learn skills, share ideas and prepare to organise with feminists across the UK. Weekend pass: £15.00 / Day Pass: £8.00
BOOK TICKETS NOW: http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/book-for-summer-school-2012/

19 September || East London Fawcett Group hosts a Free Film Screening of PINA @ Hoxton, 6.30pm (Unit 3, 37 Cremer Street, Cremer Business Centre, E2 8HD) Hosted by the East London Fawcett Group and Gabriela Cala-Lesina, this screening of PINA marks the first in an ongoing series of free film screenings, dedicated to celebrating women.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

September TBA || ELF Talks: POLITICS Join a distinguished panel of leading political representatives, activists and lobbyists to discuss the challenges facing women in accessing positions of leadership and influence.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

COMING UP IN OCTOBER 2012

October TBC || Cutting Women Out, Islington report launch @ Houses of Parliament, Westminster. This event marks the official launch of ELF research into how austerity measures have disproportionately affected women.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

COMING UP IN NOVEMBER 2012

30 November – 15 January 2012 | Music & Liberation: Feminist Music Making in the UK 1970-1980’s Exhibition @ Space Station Sixty Five, London. How feminists used music as an activist tool to entertain and empower women during the 1970s and 1980s. It brings together for the first time a diverse collection of women’s cultural heritage to inspire and inform contemporary audiences about the politics of music making.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/196908370424852/
MORE INFO: http://womensliberationmusicarchive.wordpress.com/music-liberation-exhibition/

20 – 24 November || Underwire Film Fest 2012 @ London venues TBA. Celebrating shorts by Women. Submissions for short films now open. Deadline: September 21st
OPEN SUBMISSION INFO: http://www.underwirefestival.com/programme/
MORE INFO: http://underwirefestival.com

29 November-2 December || London Feminist Film Festival Join the mailing list by sending an email with the header “mailing list” to info@londonfeministfilmfestival.com. Now open for film submissions, deadline 31st August.
OPEN SUBMISSION INFO: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/2012/05/21/call-for-submissions/
MORE INFO: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Feminist Arts Collective
http://joinourteaparty.org

SIATC *DECEMBER* UPDATE

SIATC *UPDATE* DECEMBER 2011
Dear Teacups,

Seasons greetings to all and congrats to all the wonderful ladies and gents that have made it another fantastic year for feminism. 2012 is set to be yet another landmark year for feminism- so please get in touch if you would like to know how to get involved or if you want us to list your event on our updates.

Storm in a Teacup collective plan to put on some great feminist friendly art parties next year so contact us  if you would like to get involved or collaborate. storminateacup2009@googlemail.com

In November Storm in a Teacup  joined the East London Fawcett group at the Fawcett Society day of action “Dont Turn Back time on Womens equality” This clip from the Community Channel was filmed at our pre-protest tea party: (from around 1:46)

Coming up in December; UK Feminista’s MUFF MARCH, your last chance to see the “Women Art Revolution!” screening at the Whitechapel gallery on Sunday and the East London Fawcettgroups Christmas dinner social. See listings below.

And DONT MISS chance to submit your work for VV COLLECTIVE ‘s OPEN SUBMISSIONS giving female fine artists the chance to show work at “Show Your Face @ Cultivate Gallery in January 2012. Deadline this Sunday! More info below.

Our wonderful friends at Magpie Magazine are set to launch issue 5 in the new year. Pre-order your copy here:
www.indiegogo.com/Magpie-Magazine-Issue-Five

East London Fawcett group are looking for volunteers for their “Cutting Women Out” campaign. Particularly in the areas of:

·         At-desk research

·         Contacting local organisations

·         Coordinating focus groups/meetings with local organisations

·         Drafting a checking copy in the new year

Please get in touch if you are able to offer any time to support this project; eastlondonfawcett@googlemail.com

Please visit the Storm in a Teacup blog site to find out how to get involved in the collective and to keep up with the latest news. http://joinourteaparty.org


OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

East London Fawcett Group (ELF) was launched in June 2011 and are currently looking for volunteers for “Cutting Women Out” campaign. For more info info please email eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com
FACEBOOK GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

FEMINISTS OCCUPY London recently formed GET INVOLVED! *like* the facebook page and look out for info on next meetings!
FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Feminists-Occupy-London/238003326255293

ART

VV Collective have opened up submissions for “Show your Face” exhibition @ Cultivate Gallery.
DEADLINE: 11 December
MORE INFO: http://wearevv.wordpress.com/members-lounge-2/
APPLY: http://wearevv.wordpress.com
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163466757079018

COMING UP IN DECEMBER

10 December || MUFF MARCH @ Harley Street. From 11.30 am “Your Labia is for life not just for Christmas!”  UK Feminista MUFF MARCH in Harley Street! Tired of cosmetic surgeons profiting from body hatred? Want to speak out against a porn culture that is driving more and more women to the surgeon’s table to get a ‘designer vagina’?
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/314791548546961/

10 December| | Bad Reputation @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. Brand new dance party queers and punx and grrrls and geeks and you! 9pm-2am
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/262665293781947/

10 December || Other Peoples Property Warehouse Party @ *Secret Location* OPP DJs & Guest DJs from 10pm – 6am. £8.00 on door
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169182536508320

11 December || !Women Art Revolution Screening @ Whitechapel Gallery. Screening at 3pm FREE For over forty years, Director Lynn Hershman Leeson has collected hundreds of hours of interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators and critics who shaped the beliefs and values of the Feminist Art Movement and reveal previously undocumented strategies used to politicize female artists and integrate women into art structures.
MORE INFO: http://joinourteaparty.org/2011/10/22/women-art-revolution-sreenings-the-whitechapel-gallery/

15 December || East London Fawcett Group Christmas Dinner @ The Approach Tavern, 47 Approach Road, E2 9LY. RSVP if you would like to book a place. A chance to catch up and get to know each other better, as well as look forward to the agenda for next year. From 7pm. Email: eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com
MORE INFO:http://eastlondonfawcett.wordpress.com

18 December||Feminist Fightback: East London Feminist Trail  Feminist Fightback is organising a ramble on the trail of Sylvia Pankhurst and the radical women of East London. Welcome to all genders and none. Meet at Bow Road Tube station. Drinks afterwards. From 2pm

MORE INFO:  http://www.feministfightback.org.uk/?p=416

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Feminist Arts Collective

http://joinourteaparty.org

Underwire Festival 2011

Underwire Festival 2011 Festival Programme

A short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw cinematic talents of women.

23-26 November 2011

Ticketing Information
Single session or screening for just £5. If you’d like to join us for a whole evening or the whole day on Saturday pay just £10. Head to the ticketing page to make your purchases.
Venues
For details of our 2011 Festival venues, visit the  venues page.
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Wed, 23rd Nov

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Opening Night Reception

supported by Skillset

Shortwave Cinema

Join us from 18:00 at Shortwave for a drink to celebrate the opening of the festival, before the screening of the XX Award Programme

XX Award

supported by Object

Shortwave Cinema, 19:30

Nocturn (2010), 15.46 – Leanne Welham
Symphony in Cellulite (2011), 17.51 – Caroline Milsom
I Luv Matt Johnson (2010), 14.00 – Jon Garbett
the artist and the plumber (2011), 07.18 – Carmen Valerio
Myra (2011), 13.45 – Dan Smyth
to read more about the films in the XX Award programme, head here. For tickets, here.
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Thurs, 24th Nov

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Join us in the bar from 18:00 for….

Underwire and SheSays present an evening of conversation under the stars.

As the worlds of film, advertising, content and digital creativity grow closer together, share your thoughts (and your business cards) with women from the other side of the creative fence, as well as some of the top female names in the business. All over a drink or two.

Dream Drafters

Screenwriter Programme, supported by Euroscript

Shortwave Cinema, 18:00

Blind Date (2010), 11.45 – Abigail Blackmore
The Holiday (2010), 10.48 – Ida Akesson
Morning Echo (2009), 15.00 – Hope Dickson Leach
Myra (2011), 13.45 – Caroline Burns Cooke
to read more about the films in the Dream Drafters Programme, head here. For tickets, here.

Ring Masters

Producer Programme, supported by WFTV

Shortwave Cinema, 19:45

Shoreditch Slayer (2011), 2.16 – Mavreen Brown
Into this Silent Land (2011), 14.40 – Jean Hogg & Val Hanson
Of Mary (2011), 20.00 – Lolita Chakrabarti & Rosa Maggiora
Click (2011), 14.25 – Catherine Jeffrey
Nocturn (2010), 15.46 – Rosie Crerar
to read more about the films in the Ring Masters Programme, head here. For tickets, here.

In the Cut

Editor Programme, supported by VET

Shortwave Cinema, 21:30

Radio Amina (2011), 08.15 – Katie Bryer
Prohyb (2011), 05.08 – Katarina Complova
Sunday (2011), 08.53 – Villing Chong
The Glass House (2011), 04.21 – Genevieve Lutkin
Sans Papiers (2010), 18.26 – Carmela Iandoli
Himalayan Sisters (2011), 14.42 – Ling Lee
to read more about the films in the In the Cut Programme, head here. For tickets, here.
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Fri, 25th Nov

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Celluloid Sculptures

Director Programme, supported by Directors UK

Shortwave Cinema, 18:00

N25 (2010), 10.00 – Treasa O’Brien
The Reward (2011), 15.00 – Lucy Patrick Ward
Screwed Up (2011), 4.55 – Kris Hofman
Rusalka (2010), 6.05 – Nadia Attia
Biatch (2011), 12.00 – Deborah Haywood
Our Ordered Lives (2011), 10.00 – Christine Entwisle
to read more about the films in the Celluloid Sculptures, head here. For tickets, here.

She Shoots, She Scores

Composer Programme

Shortwave Cinema, 19:45

Dear Foreigner (2010), 05.10 – Stephanie Angel and Caro Snatch
First Bite (2011), 10.20 – Victoria Wijeratne
A Tale of two Cats (2011), 05.22 – Alex Harwood
Shrapnel (2010), 12.11 – Katie Chatburn
Comes But Once a Year (2011), 08.00 – Justine Barker
to read more about the films in the She Shoots, She Scores Programme, head here. For tickets, here.

Looking Glass

Cinematographer Programme, supported by Kodak

Shortwave Cinema, 21:30

We Were Here (2010), 04.29 – Lauren Hatchard
Night Shift (2011), 09.08 – Maja borg
House (2011), 03.17 – Prano Bailey-Bond
Recompense (2011), 11.25 – Caroline Bridges
Needle (2011), 03.30 – Jessica Cheeseman
The Cake (2011), 08.50 – Gabi Norland
to read more about the films in the Looking Glass Programme, head here. For tickets, here.
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Sat, 26th Nov

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At Shortwave Cinema

12:00 – 13:30: The Feminist and the Flirt: Performance Video Art

Does being a woman on both sides of the camera compromise or strengthen the feminist agenda in your work? Are you the subject, object, or the collaborating voyeur? How can you avoid re-enforcing those representations that you intend to subvert? Join a panel of artists, curators and writers to explore new and old challenges facing contemporary female performance video artists. Curated by Harriet Fleuriot.
For more information, head here. For tickets, head here.

14:00 – 15:30: Wired Words: Film Criticism Workshop

To celebrate Underwire’s introduction of a competition for female film writers, the festival presents an interactive workshop for aspiring critics, curious readers and film fans wanting to join the conversation.  Speakers including Catharine Bray (Film4), Guy Lodge (Variety), Frances Morgan (Sight & Sound), Hannah Patterson (Kamera Books) and Virginie Sélavy (Electric Sheep) will give a series of lively presentations and a glimpse into the ideas and shifts in the film culture landscape that are currently exciting them.  Curated by Kate Taylor.
For more information, head here. For tickets, head here.

16:00 – 17:30: Ladies First: Representations of Women in Music Videos

How do women right now look, act and perform in music videos – from the cultural mainstream to the indie underbelly – and how much does it really matter? From the inspirational to the contentious, video clips will fuel the debate for our eclectic panellists as they mull over the pros and cons of the pervasive ‘sex sells’ mentality. Panel content may include zombies, nudity and dancing . Curated by Sarah Chorley.
For more information, head here. For tickets, head here.

At Bermondsey Square Hotel, supported by Audio Network

12:00 – 14:00 Light Falling Through A Lens

supported by Four Corners
The world of cinematography is in the midst of a revolution which is determining new techniques and processes, new possibilities…and new pitfalls. Producers, filmmakers and cinematographers are faced with a bewildering array of choices, all of which have implications for image and budget. Is handling data really any easier, more desirable or budget-friendly than film negative? Isn’t it all just about light falling through a lens?
Four Corners, based in London’s East End, was (probably!) the first not-for-profit to buy a 4K motion picture camera and prides itself on being able to resource filmmakers and artists working at all levels, from a clockwork 16mm Bolex right through to a RED One MX.
Join them at Underwire as we explore some of the choices available to filmmakers today.
For tickets, head here.

14:30 – 16:30 Upfront Thinking: Cameras and Post

supported by VET
Co-hosted by Joan Leese (MD VET Digital) and Sue Giovanni (editor, filmmaker, artist) this session will explore issues about cameras and the implications for post production
Hints and tips from practitioners including:
- preparing for tapeless workflow
- how compression at acquisition affects what you can do in post
- managing rushes and allowing time for converting media
- choosing your camera with post production and delivery in mind.
For tickets, head here.

17:00 – 19:00 A Room of Her Own: Writing Leading Ladies

supported by StarNow
Where are all the leading female characters, and why are they not on our screens? Join Star Now, writer and script editor Lucy Hay (Bang2Write) and filmmaker extraordinaire Ben Blaine (Charlie Productions) as we tackle this question from both writer and actor perspectives. After a panel discussion, we’ll be workshopping some scripts that have women in a central role.
For tickets, head here.

Awards Ceremony

Shortwave Cinema
19:30 – late: UnderWire welcomes everyone back for one last night as they announce the awards, play some music, and celebrate over a drink. Join us from 18:30, ceremony starts at 19:30
The UnderWire 2011 Awards is free! Priority is given to filmmakers who have been programmed as part of the 2011 screenings. All other tickets are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. See you there!

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