Monthly Archives: July 2013

Girls Against God & Let’s Start a Pussy Riot Launch Party


Girls Against God Magazine Let’s Start A Pussy Riot

Book Launch Party

Gay Mormon Kissing Club


Bianca Casady (CocoRosie)

‘ o F F ‘ Love

Not So Popular DJ set

George and Dragon, 2 Hackney Road, London

July 19th, 7.30pm till midnight






Dear Teacups,

We have had an amazing year so far – so much feminist art activism happening in good ole London Town and all over the world. All of our Storm in a Teacup energies have been focused on the release of the “Lets Start a Pussy Riot”  which was released via Rough Trade records on the 24th of June. If you haven’t already got yourself a copy, you can buy it for £20.00 at any Rough Trade shop or online – all profits go directly to Pussy Riot. You can see some of our great coverage here;





If you missed the book launch at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre you can see the full panel discussion and Pussy Riot interview here;

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



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.   Make your voice heard!  >If you’re based in London, come to Tesco’s AGM on Friday 28th June and ask shareholders to urge Tesco to #losetheladsmags! Click here for details.                                                                                                        > Tweet Tesco’s shareholders now via the Lose’ the Lads Mags website.                             For more details about the campaign visit

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

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 FACEBOOK GROUP: WEBSITE:

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; MORE INFO:



Underwire Festival 2013 Submissions || Female film talent wanted! UnderWire Festival is looking for short film submissions. Directors, Producers, Writers, Editors, Cinematographers, Composers and Film Journalists can all be part of the competition to win plenty of awards. Submit here                      DEADLINE: Wednesday 31st of July                                                                                MORE INFO:

Storm in a Teacup collective plan to put on some great feminist friendly art parties in 2013 and beyond and always looking to collaborate – so contact us  if you would like to get


7 July || Stand up for Women @ Garrick Theatre, Leicester Square. Fantastic comedy evening to support women’s charities at West End Theatre. With Andi Osho, Lucy Porter, Josie Long and other award-winning TV Comedians. Supporting Women’s Aid, No More Page 3, Rape Crisis. (Tickets £25/£35) MORE                FACEBOOK EVENT:

8 July || As You Are Magazine hosts; Throwing Up Album Launch Party @ Bardens Gallery Space, 6.00pm -9.00pm. Free    FACEBOOK EVENT:

11 July || Wadjda special film screening @ Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews. New feature film due for general release on the 19th of July, written and directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour – the first female filmmaker from Saudi Arabia and also the first feature film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. 7pm, FREE. Please RSVP MORE INFO:

13 July || Debbie Party @ Resistance Gallery. Female-Fronted Rock Pop Indie Electro Dance-Party for Everyone. £3.00, 10PM- 3AM                 FACEBOOK EVENT

17 July || Bloody Ice Cream @ The Grosvenor, SW9. Live bands; Tunabunny (USA), Ethical Debating Society & My Therapist Says Hot Damn. 8pm, £5.00 on door. FACEBOOK EVENT:

18 July || T-Club is RAVE @ Dalston Superstore. DJs, photography, art and screenings.                                                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT:


22 July || She Growwls @ Ram Jam Club, Kingston on Thames. All female lineup of spokenword & comedy. In association with IYF and The Feminist Library. 6.00pm £5.00                                                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT

25 July || Guided Missile Presents; Bis, Ace City Races, Ethical Debating Society @ The Lexington. Blimey! It’s BIS.. playing a rare, one-off gig for Guided Missile here in London. Support comes from Glasgow’s Ace City Racers and London’s The Ethical Debating Society.19.30pm. £11.00 FACEBOOK EVENT                                TICKETS

27 July || Trans Pride Brighton @ Various Venues.

Trans* March 11.30-12.30

Trans* Pride 12.00 -18.00

Trans* Frau 20.00 til late

FACEBOOK EVENT:                                 WEBSITE:


2-4 August || Brighton Pride, Parade and various events and club nights. Parade starts. 11am prompt from Madeira Drive on 3 Aug. Gay girls weekender event listings. FACEBOOK:                                           MORE INFO:

2 August || Fanny Pack @ The Waiting Room. 90’s disco for Rebel Grrrls and Nancy Boys. 10pm-3am. £3 entry before 11:30pm, £5 after                               FACEBOOK EVENT:

17 -18 August || UK Feminista Summer School 2013 @ Birmingham University Join hundreds of people from across the UK for a unique weekend of hands-on training in taking action for gender equality.  Summer School 2013 is open to all, and is perfect for seasoned campaigners and new feminists alike. Whether you’re seeking inspiration, skills or solidarity, this event is for you! MORE INFO FACEBOOK EVENT

18 -19 August || Revolution – Pussy Riot Commemoration Festival @ Islington Mill, Manchester. £12 for both days of gigs. TICKETS:

SUNDAY 18 AUG headliner is SOPHIE DELILA!( high-energy London-based French performer is coming to get us in the festival mood. As well as boasting a successful solo career, Sophie has performed with NOUVELLE VAGUE ( and collaborated with Christophe Willem (, among others.

MONDAY 19 AUG headliner is PRINCESS CENTURY (aka Maya Postepski of AUSTRA/TRUST – from Toronto) making her UK DEBUT!! ( Maya’s latest solo album Lossless (released April 2013) was inspired by the Charles Manson murders, lending a distinct intensity and creepiness to its dark synth vibes. She is currently playing to sellout crowds around the world as drummer for AUSTRA (


29 August || Breakfast with Apollo # 6 The Butterflies Audiovisual EP Launch @ Rattlesnake of Angel,  N1 0NY. Gloom-pop solo artist She Makes War presents the glittering launch party for the “Butterflies” Audiovisual EP, with a headline set plus the premiere screenings of all six videos from the release! 7pm  BUY TICKETS:               FACEBOOK EVENT:

Wadjda | Special Screening Invitation


Screening invitation for : WADJDA

11th July 2013, 7pm,  Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews


New feature film WADJDA is on general release from the 19th of July. Written and directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour – the first female filmmaker from Saudi Arabia and also the first feature film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia.

Storm in a Teacup supporters are invited to a special screening on 11th July at Soho Hotel followed by a Q&A with director Haiffa Al-Mansour. Please RSVP:

Wadjda has been critically acclaimed at film festivals around the world, and it’s now being released in cinemas across the UK on 19th July – see trailer here:

As well as Haifaa being something of a trailblazer, the film has been commended for its subtle treatment of the issues and obstacles facing women in Saudi Arabia on a daily basis, focusing on a teenager, her school friends, teachers & mother.

The film has also been heralded for its social impact, apparently inspiring more women to take up cycling, something very much frowned upon by the conservative leadership.


WADJDA is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.

At first, Wadjda’s mother is too preoccupied with convincing her husband not to take a second wife to realize what’s going on. And soon enough Wadjda’s plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she is losing hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself to the memorisation and recitation of Koranic verses, and her teachers begin to see Wadjda as a model pious girl. The competition isn‘t going to be easy, especially for a troublemaker like Wadjda, but she refuses to give in. She is determined to continue fighting for her dreams…

Haifaa Al-Mansour | Biography

Haifaa Al-Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of the most significant cinematic figures in the Kingdom. She finished her bachelor’s degree in Literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master’s degree in Directing and Film Studies from the University of Sydney.

The success of her three short films, as well as the international acclaim of her award winning 2005 documentary Women Without Shadows, influenced a whole new wave of Saudi filmmakers and made the issue of opening cinemas in the Kingdom a front-page discussion. Within the Kingdom her work is both praised and vilified for encouraging discussion on topics generally considered taboo, like tolerance, the dangers of orthodoxy, and the need for Saudis to take a critical look at their traditional and restrictive culture.

Through both her films and her work in television and print media Al-Mansour is famous for penetrating the wall of silence surrounding the sequestered lives of Saudi women and providing a platform for their unheard voices

She Grrrowls @ The Ram Jam Club

She Grrrowls

She Grrrowls @ The Ram Jam Club

An evening showcasing female talent, with a variety of spoken word delights. 22nd July, 6pm Buy tickets

FACEBOOK EVENT: In association with IYAF:                                          and The Feminist Library:


TABBY FARRAR                                      Feminism through the memories and lessons learnt of a converted glamour model, Norwich girl Tabby’s performances look at what everyone else thinks it means to be a woman today, as well as at the strange dilemmas of the modern world as a whole.

NIKKI MARRONE            Nikki Marrone is a published writer, performer and workshop leader from Cambridge who in 2012 took her poetry from page to stage and has been performing spoken word across the UK ever since.                                                                                  A.L. Michael is a novelist and creative writing workshop leader. She has a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing, an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship and is about to start an MsC in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. She likes green tea, tacky jumpers and anything with a fox on it. Her debut novel ‘Wine Dark, Sea Blue’ was published in May by Stairwell Books.

BISHA                                                                                          Bisha Ali will be making us laugh with some comedic refreshment. Her act is fresh from the Royal Court Young Writers programme.

ROBYN-ASTRID                                                                   Providing a mixture of poetry and music, Robyn Astrid will move us with her dark words and dulcet tones. Hailing from Kingston, this local delight will end the evening.


Underwire Festival 2013 | Open Submissions



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 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