Summer is here (sort of) and June is LGBT Pride month. London Pride is set to be as fabulous as ever, with a new team of organisers planning a full programme of events on the lead up to the parade on Saturday 28th of June.
From 10th until the 12th of June London will be hosting an international 3 day summit to End Sexual violence in conflict at the London ExCel Centre.Following two years of efforts to bring this issue to the forefront of the international agenda by Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie, this summit will facilitate landmark discussions to generate concrete outcomes for those directly affected by the issue of rape in war. Don’t miss the programme of talks, discussions, film screenings and exhibitions. More info and full programme here.
Other highlights in June include internationally acclaimed performance artist, Marina Abramovic at The Serpentine Gallery from 11th June until the 25th of August. Re-Materialising Feminism at the ICA on 20th and 21st of June and Women Artists and The Second World War at TATE Britain on the 29th of June.
Looking ahead into July – there are a few events already planned for the 40th Anniversary of the Women’s liberation conference originally held in Edinburgh where the National Women’s Aid Federation was set up. Women’s Aid celebrate their 40th Anniversary at Aston University Conference centre in Birmingham on the 2nd and 3rd of July. Women’s Liberation 2014 conference is taking places in Glasgow on 19th and 20th of July.
Let’s Start a Pussy Riot collective (including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup) are continuing their book tour – please keep your eyes peeled for more info on our facebook page. We have some more dates to announce very soon! Last year we launched and published “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” book, a collaborative project bringing together voices from across the arts and generations in support of Russian punk collective; Pussy Riot. We 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. The tour so far has included; Manchester University, Oxford University, BIMM Bristol, and Central St.Martins. If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.
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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.
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COMING UP IN JUNE
21 May- 17 Aug || Birds Eye View & Art on The Underground present a season of film showings @ Canary Wharf Screen. This site specific season of films aims to spotlight the diverse talents of women filmmakers in a programme that explores different ways of using film to engage with urban space. The season is divided into three distinct phases: past, present and future. Each phase is comprised of four films by women directors.The centenary of pioneering animator Joy Batchelor (1914 – 1991), whose works include her seminal 1954 animation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, is to be celebrated in Part 1: Past.
Part 1: Past 21 May – 18 June 2014 Joy Batchelor, The Five, 1970 Joy Batchelor, Modern Guide To Health, 1946 Joy Batchelor, Your Very Good Health, 1948 Joy Batchelor, Farmer Charley, 1949
Part 2: Present 19 June – 16 July 2014 Yasmin Fedda, Breadmakers, 2007 Oonagh Kearney, Her Mother’s Daughters, 2010 Tali Yankelevich, The Perfect Fit, 2011 Eva Webber, The Solitary Life of Cranes, 2008
Part 3: Future 17 July – 17 August 2014 Anna Cady, 30%, Women and Politics in Sierra Leone, 2012 Lucy Harris, Crossing Points, 2012 Elizabeth Hobbs, Imperial Provisor Frombald, 2013 Katherina Gruzei, workers leaving the factory (again), 2012
MORE INFO: http://birds-eye-view.co.uk/2014/05/20/9407/
1 June – 5 July | The F-Word Project: Five Feminist Fables for the 21st Century @ Space Station 65, SE11 4PS. Five Feminist Fables for the 21st Century is a body of art, collected in a series of comic books or graphic fables, by Maureen Burdock. Each fable features a unique common heroine negotiating a world that still legitimises various forms of violence and inequity towards women. The F Word Project increases awareness of women’s struggles worldwide and the need for elimination of the injustices they experience. It provides inspirational role models for women and girls by creative brave protagonists from different backgrounds. In addition to depicting problems, the engaging art and narratives of the F Word Fables emphasize the intelligence and goodness of people and their willingness to work together to make change possible. Space Station Sixty-Five are delighted to be exhibiting the original drawings for the forthcoming 4th fable, Mumbi & the Long Run. Visiting times: Wed-Sat 12.00pm – 18.00pm. SLAM late last fridays 27/06/14 MORE INFO: http://www.spacestationsixtyfive.com/present.php
2-29 June || QUEER CAMP CULT @ Hackney picturehouse. An exhibition by Kev Clarke and Sina Sparrow, two queer artists working in the field of pop art, pop culture and comic strips. Kev Clarke’s work is focused on cult pop culture, past and present. His company “The Face of Pop” sells T-shirts, zines, prints and original artwork as well as various designed and printed goods. Kev Clarke is also working on “The Pop Therapee Project”, harnessing pop culture as a tool for therapy and personal development. Sina Sparrow’s self-published comics – such as ART FAG, DIRTY MIND and PRETTY BOYS IGNORE YOU – explore autobiography, sex, emotions, relationships and queer life in the city. His pop culture icons adorn the flyers and posters for his club night DEBBIE, a dance party dedicated to female-fronted rock and pop.Together Kev Clarke and Sina Sparrow present a joint exhibition – Queer Camp Cult – spotlighting works based on their favourite cult, kitsch and queer movies. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/494786100621470/
7 June || Women in Theatre – London Feminist Network Feminar @ Millman Street Resource Centre, WC1N 3EW.This event is organised by The Feminar Group which is affiliated to London Feminist Network Are female actors; female directors/producers marginalised because their sex is female? Rebecca Morden; Artistic Director of Scary Little Girls and Naomi also an Artistic Director for Scary Little Girls will discuss womens’ experiences of working in male dominated theatre. 2.30 pm. to 4.30 pm Please confirm your attendance by RSVP to: email@example.com MORE INFO: http://londonfeministnetwork.org.uk/
10 June || Gender Institute ‘Gendering the Social Sciences’ public lecture @ New Theatre, East Building, London School of Economics. Zainab Hawa Bangura assumed her position as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict at the level of Under-Secretary-General on 4 September 2012. In this capacity, she serves as Chair of the interagency network, UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action). Ms Bangura has over 20 years of policy, diplomatic and practical experience in the field of governance, conflict resolution and reconciliation in Africa. This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us firstname.lastname@example.org 0207 955 6043. 6.30pm-8.00pm MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2014/06/20140610t1830vNT.aspx
10-11 June || Thinking Afresh – Feminism and Youth Work @ Hinsley Hall, Leeds. The fourth ‘Youth and Policy’ Thinking Seriously conference will be a women only event focusing on the subject of feminism and youth work. The 2014 conference, Thinking Afresh: feminism and youth work, will give particular emphasis to current issues of gender inequality and difference as they impact upon girls and young women and female youth workers. It will seek to develop a critical feminist understanding of current policy agendas and the particular professional specialisms associated with work with girls and young women. MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/thinking-afresh-feminism-and-youth-work/
10 -12 June || End sexual violence in conflict 2014 summit @ London ExCel Centre. This June, London will host a 3-day world summit on preventing sexual violence in conflict, following two years of efforts to bring this issue to the forefront of the international agenda by Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. With over two decades of expertise in working with socially excluded women in conflict affected countries, Women for Women International is uniquely placed to inform and influence the summit agenda. We hope that these landmark discussions generate concrete outcomes for those directly affected by the issue of rape in war, and unlock meaningful, lasting progress towards women’s empowerment, peace and security. Film screening: The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo – 11 June, 10:30am Panel discussion: Iliriana Jaka Gashi, WfWI-Kosovo Country Director, will be presenting Lessons from Yugoslavia – What can the world learn from experiences in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo? – 12 June, 2:30pm Exhibition: “I Dream of Congo: Narratives from the Great Lakes” together withCongo Connect – 10 – 12 June. MORE INFO & FULL PROGRAMME: http://goo.gl/rQMIRY
11 June – 25 August || Marina Abramovic @ The Serpentine Gallery.In a unique work created for the Serpentine, the internationally acclaimed artist Marina Abramović will perform in the Gallery for the duration of her exhibition: 10am to 6pm, 6 days a week. Creating the simplest of environments in the Gallery spaces, Abramović’s only materials will be herself, the audience and a selection of common objects that she will use in a constantly changing sequence of events. The public will become the performing body, participating in the delivery of an unprecedented moment in the history of performance art. Entry to Marina Abramović: 512 Hours is free of charge and on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. There is no advance booking. Due to the limited capacity, visitors may be expected to queue. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/XFEOm8
14 June || Club Debbie @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. DEBBIE is a Night of Female-Fronted Rock Pop Indie and Disco for Queers.In June DEBBIE DJs Sina Sparrow & Bitchcakes and Guest DJ Neil Prince(R ‘n She, Songs of Praise) present a night dedicated to two of our ultimate (usually blonde) she-roes – who happen not to like each other very much – COURTNEY LOVE and MADONNA!!! DRESS CODE: KINDERWHORE and/or LIKE A VIRGIN!!! As well as playing some of our very favourite Courtney/Hole and Madonna songs, expect the likes of Blondie, Beyoncé, Robyn, Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush, Kim Wilde, Cyndi Lauper, Belinda Carlisle, PJ Harvey, The Bangles, The Go-Go’s, Britney Spears, Shannon, Cheryl Lynn, The Runaways, X-Ray Spex, Girls Aloud and much more! 10pm-Late. £3 entry before 11, £5 after. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/638790449531603/
16 June || She Grrrowls: City Stories @ Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green. 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: City Stories. Every third Monday of the month. Guest hosted by Catherine Woodward, Poetry by Jess Green, Comedy by Elizabeth Carola, Music by Oh Boy. Entry- suggested donation of £5.00 FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/544078809039416/
20-21 June || Re-Materialising Feminism @ ICA, London.An evening of performances to open part II of Re-Materialising Feminism with Penny Goring // Beatrice Loft Schulz // New Noveta Tickets are £5 (free for ICA members). TICKETS:http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/re-materialising-feminism MORE INFO: http://rematerialisingfeminism.org/
21 June || Hysteria Magazine Fundraising Event @ Bitters & RYE cocktail club, EC1R 4PX. We hereby invite you to A Night For HYSTERIA Fundraising to celebrate feminist performance and participate in an ever-broadening discussion about the scope of feminism, all while securing the survival of HYSTERIA. Featuring: JASMINE COORAY, GERANIUM THEATRE COMPANY, YRSA DALEY-WARD, SHARMILA CHAUHAN, SARAH PERRY. DJs: RUFUS & BAMBI, BAMBOO HERMANN. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/786607558025430/
24 June || GAGGLE Presents; The Gag show @ Etcetera Theatre, Camden. 9.30pm. Gaggle, the award-winning and critically acclaimed radical girl group have been working on a secret project for the past year: The Gag Show – a grotesque musical comedy sketch show. “a grotesque musical comedy sketch show…. where sheep are doomful oracles, drunk women fill the supermarkets, plastic surgery is performed in public, gynaecologists are playground bullies and Daily Mail Online commenters have taken over the BBC.” Tickets £10.00 available now:. http://www.gaggle.tv/. Second performance on Thursday 3rd July at 1pm. MORE INFO: http://www.gaggle.tv/
25 June || Anxiety 2014 & Club Femmes Presents; The Headless Woman @ Barbican Cinema. Dir. Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/France/Italy/Spain, 2008, 87mins Lucretia Martel is one of the most talented and critically acclaimed filmmakers working in independent cinema today. Her hypnotic, mysterious and deeply immersive films have reached far beyond Salta, the tropicalnorth-eastern province where she grew up and where all her films are set. The Headless Woman is the third in her Salta film trilogy (The Swamp, The Holy Girl) that adopts an intense, near hallucinatory first-person perspective; the story concerns a successful dentist uncertain what to do when she runs over a dog or could it have been the dog’s owner? In tune with the heroine’s intense anxiety and post-traumatic state of mind, the story lingers on the puzzling clues that slither into a fog of guilt and denial. Possibly her darkest and most acutely political statement, the film offers a modern exploration of the female psyche as well as a pointed critique of class inequality and bourgeois indifference. With an introduction by Selina Robertson, Club Des Femmes FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/657808187606535/
28 June || PRIDE IN LONDON PARADE @ From Baker Street to Trafalgar Square.More than 180 groups are taking part in this year’s Parade . There will be a whole week of activities and events in the run up to the big day, so stay in touch by following PRIDE LONDON on Twitter, Liking us on Facebook or adding your details to ‘Join in’ below and we’ll keep you posted by email. FULL PROGRAMME: http://prideinlondon.org/whats-on/2014/parade/#sthash.mFLKCQGl.dpuf
28 June @ PROUDWOMEN – Official London Pride Afterparty@ Adam Street Club, WC2N 6AA. ProudWomen are incredibly excited to announce the Official Women’s After Party headline DJs are the incredible Maze & Masters, regulars at London clubs Fire, Protocol and Gravity; they are big on the festival scene with high profile spots at Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Brighton Pride Wild Fruit Tent & Girlie Circuit Barcelona this year. Hosted at the stunning and exclusive Adam Street Private Members’ Club, 4 rooms; 3 bars; 2 floors and all a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square and Soho. Advance tickets on sale now at £17.50. Tickets will be available (subject to availability) on the door at £20. 7.30pm – 3.00am. MORE INFO:http://prideinlondon.org/whats-on/2014/proudwomen-official-party/
29 June || Women Artists & The Second World War @ Tate Britain, Grand Saloon.What contribution did women artists make during the Second World War? Why is their work not widely discussed or acknowledged? Join art historian Dr Alicia Foster as we explore the role of women artists, their contribution to the war effort, and the gendered power struggles that occurred and still occur. Using Foster’s novel Warpaint – which features Kenneth Clark as a character – as a starting point, we will delve into his position as Chairman of the War Artists Advisory Committee and what that meant for women artists.14.00pm – 15.30pm £10, £8 concessions Book here MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/ss82KR
COMING UP IN JULY
2-3 July || Women’s Aid 40th Anniversary Conference @ Aston University Conference Centre, Birmingham. 9am-5pm. This year it is the 40th anniversary of Women’s Aid and our 2014 conference is a key opportunity for services to come together to celebrate a movement which has saved countless lives and set the standard for domestic violence services across the world. It is also time – with a general election approaching – to develop a shared vision of the domestic violence services of the future, as well as identifying and addressing the key challenges we face in the present. This conference will identify the future needs of domestic violence survivors and how these can be met in a rapidly changing environment with increasingly limited resources. How to book: Book and pay by 28 May 2014 to receive your early bird discount: www.womensaid.org.uk/simple-text.asp?ref=conference-registration. For all conference queries please contact the Events Team. MORE INFO: www.womensaid.org.uk
19-20 July || 40th Anniversary of the ‘74 Women’s Liberation Conference @Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow. Women’s Liberation 2014 conference will be held in Glasgow on Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th of July but it will commemorate the 1974 women’s liberation conference held in Edinburgh. 40 years on, we will come together to reminisce, to celebrate our achievements and the fact we are still here, and to look to the future. We envision a return to a politics of women’s liberation – moving from single-issue campaigns drawing on feminist ideas to a women-centred revolutionary movement. There will be workshops, talks, exhibitions and an evening event with an open stage and then disco on one floor, and a quieter space to talk to one another on the other floor. HOW TO REGISTER: e-mail email@example.com for a registration form. There’s a suggested donation of £40 for the weekend for women earning over 25k and women who can claim expenses, £25 for low-waged women and £15 for unwaged women. Asylum-seekers can attend for free. MORE INFO: http://scottishwomensliberation.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/how-to-register-2/
31 July @ ECLECTICA & BOMB THE TWIST @ Wharf Chambers, Leeds. A special night featuring 3 exciting bands from 3 cities: NINA (London via Berlin), ACRE TARN (Manchester), and special guest DJ set from SOPHIA HAMADI (of OPALE) (Paris). This is a non-profit music night as a preview and fundraiser for the Eclectica Project Launch Event taking place in Manchester in August to launch the new ECLECTICA PROJECT (www.facebook.com/EclecticaProj) advocating equality for women and minorities in all industries. Doors 7pm. Tickets £5.00 www.wegottickets.com/event/275020 MORE INFO: www.facebook.com/events/421166007998611
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