Category Archives: Women of the World Festival

SIATC *UPDATE* MARCH 2014

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Dear Teacups,

March is always the busiest month of the year for us fabulous feminists! International Women’s Day takes place on the 8th of March; a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This means we have a bumper update for you this month – with many inspiring and empowering events happening up and down the country.

This month, don’t miss- Wowzers  a new community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014.Their mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.The event’s content is entirely crowd-sourced and funded by donations, making it open access and free for all to attend. Get your FREE tickets now!

Let’s Start a Pussy Riot  collective (including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup) are continuing their University tour with dates at Central St.Martins coming up – please keep your eyes peeled for more info on our facebook page. We also are delighted to announce we will be presenting our “Lets Start a Pussy Riot” talk at this year’s Women of the World Festival on Sunday 9th of March as well as at WOWZERS Fringe festival on Saturday 8th of March . We look forward to seeing you there! 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 we have some Uni appearances coming up at Central St.Martins and Goldsmiths.  If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

The latest on Pussy Riot – the original Pussy Riot collective announced earlier in the month that they consider Nadia and Masha no longer members of the collective. This announcement came just before Nadia and Masha made an appearance at an Amnesty International gig along side Madonna in New York. Nadia and Masha have since returned to Russia and made news headlines when they were arrested numerous times for staging performances around Sochi and the Olympics. They released a new music video “Putin will teach you how to love the Motherland” with footage of them being whipped and beaten by Russian Cossack police. For a balanced and reflective view on the Pussy Riot collective split please read this article posted on The Feminist Times “Pussy Riot split confusion: cultural action always has blurred lines.” My personal view is optimistic and I support both groups in their activism going forward.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

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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

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

UK FEMINISTA | Activist Groups

Join a feminist campaigning group: Getting involved in your local feminist group is a great place to start. Take a look at our interactive map to find your nearest grassroots group.

Set up a group: If there isn’t a group near you, don’t worry! Take a look at UK Feminista’s guide to setting up a feminist group packed with tips on getting your own strong action group running.

Get skilled up: UK Feminista runs regional and national training events throughout the year to help you plan creative and powerful actions and campaigns. We are also developing a series of online resources which will be available to download soon. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to hear first about our events and resources

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

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FOR BOOKS SAKE – CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS

Furies Poetry Anthology will be published in Autumn 2014, and will showcase established and emerging women writers from across the globe. We interpret Furies in the widest possible sense, and your hellcat heroines may be modern, mythic, animal or cyborg, women from film, fiction, history, music, art and activism, or rebels in their own home. Whether you’re penning a tribute to Pussy Riot, a sonnet about suffragettes, a love letter to women warriors from fairytale or folklore, or something else entirely, we can’t wait to read your writing.

All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

DEADLINE: 30th of March                                                                                                      HOW TO SUBMIT: http://forbookssake.net/furies-poetry-anthology/

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@gmail.com

MARCH 2014

1 March || African Initiatives presents: International Women’s Rights Conference @ Bristol City Centre. A series of inspirational workshops to discuss diverse issues facing women around the world today, such as sex work, forced marriage, the fashion industry, sexuality and the impact of Colonialism. When booking your place, please select which workshops you would like to attend. Featuring key note speaker José Sluijs-Doyle, Chief Executive of African Initiatives &  Guest speaker Maanda Ngoitiko, African Initiatives’ partner in Tanzanian Suggested donation: £10.00.                                   MORE INFO: info@african-initiatives.org.uk or phone 0117 915 0001.       BOOK TICKETS:  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rights-and-reasons-international-womens-rights-conference-registration-9274210413

1 March || Laughing Calves Comedy @ The Hough End Centre, Manchester. Laughing Calves in association with the Women in Comedy Festival hosted by Kerry Leigh with Ali Kahn, Madge Hooks, Nina Gilligan, Gaye Jones, Liz Allan, Janet Taylor, Mel Medfor and Debra Fayer. Doors 7pm, Show: 8pm, Food: 9.30pm. Price: £5.00. Comedy, Club and meal deal = £9.95. Contact: 07958 642090 / 07854 346433. Followed by Rapture Club night until at least 1am, here is the FB event link for the evening:                                                       RAPTURE CLUB NIGHT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1377432389174559/                          FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/790566504293892/

1 March || Reclaiming the F Word @ St. Peter’s House, Manchester. A conference for anyone interested in faith and feminism from a Christian perspective. The day will include workshops, discussion, presentations, prayer and refreshments. We are asking people to consider donating £5 to cover costs. We will not be providing lunch; you are welcome to bring your own or buy food from nearby shops. Please book in so we have an idea of how many people are attending and you can donate on the day. BOOK HERE:  http://goo.gl/7zhXsG

1-21 March || BP Spotlight: Sylvia Pankhurst @ TATE Britain. Tate Britain shines a light on Sylvia Pankhurst and her artistic skills in the fight for women’s rights, designing badges, banners and flyers, and recording the lives of working women. Sylvia Pankhurst (1882–1960) made a profound impact on the fight for women’s rights as both an artist and a campaigner. Trained at the Manchester Municipal School of Art and the Royal College of Art, she was a key figure in the work of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) set up with her mother Emmeline and sister Christabel in 1903, using her artistic skills to further the cause. This display has been devised by curator Emma Chambers with The Emily Davison Lodge. FREE. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/7zSvG8

3 March || London Feminist Discussion Group: Feminism and Porn @ Bahn Mi Bay, Vietnamese restaurant in Holborn. For the March discussion they will be tackling the thorny issue of feminism and porn. 4-6 Theobolds Road WC1X 8PN. Please RSVP by Thursday 27 February so that we can book for the right number of people.                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/611284308941642/

3-8 March || Royal Central School of Speech & Drama present;  Women in Theatre Festival @ The Etcetera Theatre, Camden. The Etcetera Theatre is one of London’s best known pub theatres and is running a Women’s Theatre Festival from 3rd to 8th March l for International Women’s Day 2014.  The festival will consist of talks, a panel discussion, performances and workshops.  There will be professionals representing women working in theatre today, alongside a diverse range of community arts practitioners and performers from across London to celebrate the achievements of women in theatre, and the work of theatre with women and girls.                                                      Love or Something Like It Monday 3 March at 2pm. Tickets £7.50 / £6.50            Passion Monday 3 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £8.50                                                   The Monotonous Drum Tuesday 4 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £10                              Less Talk, More Action: Future Female Collaborators Wednsday 5 March at 1pm. Tickets £5.00                                                                                                                              The Funny Women Players present… The Road to International Women’s Day Wednesday 5 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £10 / £8                                                 YFronts the Workshop Thursday 6 March at 2pm £6 / £12 with show on 7th         The Weetabix Cure for Lonely Hearts Thursday 6 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £6.50                                                                                                                                                           The Spinsters of Lavender Lane Friday 7 March at 1pm. Tickets £8                         Simple Procedures Friday 7 March at 4pm. Tickets £6.50                                         YFronts: A Contemporary Dance Friday 7 March at 9.30pm. Tickets: £10 / £8     Bite the Apple Saturday 8 March at 12.30pm and 3pm. Tickets £8                             Bite the Apple Panel Discussion Saturday 8 March at 2pm. Tickets £4 or £2     when seeing 12.30pm or 3pm show.                                                                                             The Best of Short Cuts Saturday 8 March at 9.30pm. Tickets: £8                             Book by telephone: 020 7482 4857                                                                                 Theatre Twitter: @EtceteraTheatre                                                                                       BOOK TICKETS: http://etceteratheatre.com

4 March || Gender Institute Series of Conversations to welcome The Women’s Library @ London School of Economics. This conversation is “Money and Inequality” Speakers include: Professor Ruth Lister and Professor Diane Elson.   MORE INFOhttp://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/Upcoming.aspx

4 March || Women and Health Camden – Fundraising dinner @ Kentish Canteen, NW5 2TG. Women + Health is a community-based health centre that delivers affordable complementary therapies and counselling to women in Camden through a range of projects and services. All are invited to a fundraising dinner hosted by Women & Health’s patron Dame Tessa Jowell MP. Informal evening with food and wine and a raffle. £50.00 ticket (with half proceeds going to Women & Health Camden). 7.30pm.                                               MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/wmBIjr

4-8 March || Tidy Carnage collective present “Passion” @ Vault Festival, London. ‘Passion’, a one woman rave tells the story of Edan, a young lesbian party girl in meltdown following her return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Exploring our gender assumptions about combat zones, our complex understanding of mental health (especially women’s mental stability) in extreme circumstances and profiling an openly gay, strong and challenging female character. Glasweigan Theatre collective; tidy carnage are  a dynamic collective of multi-arts professionals, creating exciting contemporary theatre that shares space with dance, spoken word, video, sound & visual art                     MORE INFOwww.thevaultfestival.com/passion

4-24 March || Gazebo Theatre presents; The Sistren (National Tour).Comedy entwines with powerful drama in this exciting new play celebrating Womens’ History Month 2014.Mary Wollstonecraft, considered to be the ‘founder of modern feminism’, Claudia Jones, activist, communist & founder of the first Black British weekly newspaper & Emma Lloyd Sproson, suffragist and Wolverhampton’s first female councillor, are brought together in their after lives.

National Tour Dates:

– Ucheldre Centre, Anglesey – 04/03/2014 – 7.30pm www.ucheldre.org                  – Eastgate Theatre, Peebles – 05/03/2014 – 7.30pm www.eastgatearts.com            – Guildhall, Derby – 06/03/2014 – 7.30pm – www.derbylive.co.uk                                – Forest Arts Centre, New Milton – 07-03-2014 – 7.30pm  www3.hants.gov.uk/forest/                                                                                                             – Astor Community Theatre, Deal – 08/03/2014 – 8.00pm – www.theastor.org     – The Brindley, Runcorn – 11/03/2014 – 7.30pm –www.thebrindley.org.uk             – Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – 12/03/2014 & 13/03/2014 – 7.30pmwww.arenatheatre.info                                                                                                       – The Heritage Centre, Wolverhampton – 14/03/2014 – 8.00pm – 01902 421792/07815 522668                                                                                                                        – The Drum, Birmingham – 21/03/2014 – 8.00pm – www.the-drum.org.uk               – Fairfield Halls, London – 23/03/2014 – 7.45pm – www.fairfield.co.uk                     – Artrix, Bromsgrove – 24/03/2014 – 8.00pm – www.artrix.co.uk

For further information contact Gazebo Theatre on 01902 497222 /admin@gazebotie.org, visit our website www.gazebotie.org or follow us on Twitter @gazebotheatre or Facebook www.facebook.co.uk/gazebo arts.

5 March || Women’s Aid Conference: Child abuse and domestic violence – time for early intervention?, London. Women’s Aid is bringing together experts and survivors from the domestic violence sector with experts and survivors in the children and young people’s sector for a unique conference to look at the common themes in the many instances where domestic violence and child abuse occur together. 9.00am – 16.00pm                              MORE INFO: www.womensaid.org.uk

5 March || Layers of Inequality – the impact of public spending cuts on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women @ House of Commons, Committee Room 16. Join us as we discuss the impact of the public spending cuts on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women. The meeting will consider evidence that BAME women are being disproportionately affected by the cuts based on research carried out in Coventry by the University of Warwick and Coventry Women’s Voices. Whilst this research focuses on Coventry, BAME women across the country are likely to be similarly affected and this is therefore a much wider issue. To confirm your place at the event please email: equality@unitetheunion.org and let us know your name, organisation, email address and telephone number.                                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/611875185549676/

5-9 March || Women of the World Festival 2014 @ The Southbank Centre. A weekend of talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls. The WOW weekend is for everybody. Talks, debates, comedy, workshops, activism and performance on everything from politics, science and sex to fashion, war and power.  Previous WOW festival speakers have included Julie Walters, Alice Walker, Gordon Brown MP, Naomi Wolf, Shami Chakrabarti, Bridget Christie, Ruby Wax, Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala Yousafzai, Ahdaf Soueif, Angélique Kidjo and many more. Book your day or full weekend passes now. MORE INFO:http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/wow-women-of-the-world-festival

5-16 March || 25th Anniversary of Oxford International Women’s Festival @ Various venues around Oxford. A very special line-up of activities is taking place during this milestone Festival, ranging from theatre, to poetry and storytelling, plus talks, film screenings, cabaret, a Dinner, and more. The Festival exists to celebrate the achievements of women from Oxford and beyond, and it’s organised by local volunteers.                                                                 MORE INFO: http://www.oxfordinternationalwomensfestival.co.uk/2014-festival/

6 March || The Gender Institute and The Women’s Library present the opening of the new reading room @ The Women’s Library, London School of Economics. Research Using The Women’s Library will bring together a panel academics and archivists, who have used The Women’s Library for their PhD research, their research on suffragette history and their archival work. The speakers on the panel will be Professor June Purvis, Dr Mari Takayanagi and Professor Sally Alexander. 5.00pm – 6.30pm. Open to the public on a first come first served basis. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/wIaVsL

6 March || LaDIYfest Sheffield presents; Film Night: “Transamerica” @ Harrisons 1854, 15-29 Regent Terrace, S3 7QA Sheffield. Feminist film nights are BACK! Every other Thursday LaDIYfest Sheffield will be screening a film at Harrisons 1854 so grab a drink from the bar, bring some popcorn or snacks to share and come hang out! For LGBT History month we asked you to tell us your favourite LGBT-themed films. Next up, Transamerica, the story of a trans woman called Bree who goes for a roadtrip with her long-lost son. This will be funny and probably heart-warming too. 8pm. Free entry. All welcome.                                                                                                                 MORE INFO:http://ladiyfestsheffield.wordpress.com/                                      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/537165856382699/

6 March – 1 April || Cultivate Gallery Presents; International Women’s Day Wall @ Vyner St, London, E2. An artist take-over and art occupation of my one slice of wall at CULTIVATE EVOLVED gallery in celebration of International Women’s Day 2014.Cultivate has now Evolved; we are ten artists each with our own distinct wall spaces, ours to use in whatever way we wish and for the month of March artists will occupy my wall space with me to mark International Women’s Day 2014. Opening night; Thurs 6 March, 6-9pm. If you want to get involved please email info@cultivatevynerstreet.com for more info (mark your emails FAO Emma)                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/268884226621956/

6 March || Clam Jam @ Dalston Superstore. Seventh or as We Like To Call it ” Minge Invasion of the Foreign Kind ” Instalment of the Superbly Fabulous and not so Quaint Lesbian Entertainment in Dolby Suround System that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore. Ladies! This One is Gonna be More Lesbiany then a Russian Olympics Team, More Surprising then Cara Delevigne Anouncing Her Love of Latino Lady Bits and Defo more Dykey Than Ellen Degeneris in a Three Piece Suit at Your Wedding. 9pm – 2am                                                                                                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1427639637474163/

6 March || Central America Women’s Network present; ‘El Salvador: Not even to save a woman’s life’ @ Latin American House, London. ‘El Salvador: Not even to save a woman’s life’ is a screening and discussion forum on the issue of abortion and the consequences on women’s lives, health and access to rights and justice, with a focus on the situation in Central America. (screening in English; discussion in Spanish and English). FREE MORE INFOwww.cawn.org

7 March || IWD unplugged: Grace Petrie, Cat Brogan, Lo Behold, Nouria Bah @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London. Join us on the eve of International Women’s Day, as we mark the occasion with militancy and spectacularly good music. All are welcome to come gather for a night with some of the most talented, radical women songwriters and musicians – before Hug the DJ and DOMO’s Bethany hit the decks as we dance into women’s day itself. £7.00 advanced, £8.50 OTD. 7pm – 2am                                                                     BUY TICKETShttp://www.workersplaytime.net/TICKETS.htm                  FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1391107614479996/

7 March – 9 March || Magpie Mag presents new anthology: Viriditas @ WOW marketplace, Southbank Centre. Magpie Mag will be presenting Viriditas a new published anthology celebrating the work of a group of international & contemporary women artists. World Wide Women is a female arts collective based in Paris. There will be art prints for sale, information about the publication and the artists involved in the collective. We will be exhibiting for all three days in the WOW marketplace, which is free and open to the public. WOW is a festival that includes talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls.                                                                                             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/698255026893025/

8 March || International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.   MORE INFO: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

8 March || Million Women Rise March and Rally @ London.  A woman’s right to live free from violence and / or the fear of violence has not been achieved. Women continue to be attacked and violated in many different ways, in our homes, on our streets, on our public transport, at our places of work. The government, the TV and newspapers do very little to address this issue; instead they often blame women for wearing the wrong clothes or being in the wrong place.  If you think this needs to change, then join us on this women only critical mass. We need to be strong together and in large numbers. Unity is strength; the voices of many are louder together than a single voice.

MEET: 12:00 NOON, OXFORD STREET, LONDON

SET OFF: 1:00

RALLY : 3:00 @ TRAFALGAR SQUARE

AFTER PARTY: 5:00 @ THE 52 CLUB, 52 GOWER STREET

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/246935428810959/

8 March || International Women’s Day festival Sheffield @ Sheffield Town Hall, S1 2HH. The Women’s Network IWD planning group has been hard at work putting together a great event for International Women’s Day. Including singing on the front steps of Town Hall, keynote presentation from the Women of Steel, various workshops, an international women’s voices panel and information stalls. 10am – 1pm Here are the workshops planned so far;                      -100 years of change, manufacturing and STEM – WEA/Glass Academy                   -Challenging stereotyping – Women in Engineering                                                               -Celebrating feminist activism – Sheffield Feminist Network                                           -Women inspiring women collage – Sheffield Futures                                                            -One Billion Rising – Cllr Nikki Bon                                                                                              -A history of protest – WILPF                                                                                                         -Women and domestic violence                                                                                                     MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/FCicVS

8 March || AFRO PUNK presents; The Girls for International Women’s Day @ Windmill, Brixton. LIVE BANDS: VODUN, 11pm, THE NUNS, 10pm, MADAME SO, 9pm. AFROPUNK is an influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more. Originating with the 2003 documentary that highlighted a Black presence in the American punk scene, it is a platform for the alternative and experimental. Remaining at the core of its mission are the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought and social non-conformity. AFROPUNK is a voice for the unwritten, unwelcome and unheard-of. Tonight, three female led bands come together to celebrate both International Women’s day and the Afropunk ethos. £5.00. 8pm.                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/798711686811244/

8-9 March || WOWZERS Festival 2014 @ TBC, Waterloo, London. Kicking off on International Women’s Day, Wowzers is a community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014.Wowzers is driven by a need for a dynamic, inclusive and fresh approach towards celebrating the creativity of women and girls around the globe. Our mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.The event’s content is entirely crowd-sourced and funded by donations, making it open access and free for all to attend.               TICKETS: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wowzers-festival-tickets-5722225330                                                                                                                                     MORE INFO:  http://wowzersfest.org/

8 March || Suffragette Legacy event @ People’s History Museum, Manchester, M3 3ER. Suffragette Legacy: How does the History of Feminism Inspire Current Thinking in Manchester? Camilla Mørk Røstvik, PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, and Louise Sutherland, Head of Collections and Engagement at the People’s History Museum, started planning an interdisciplinary conference to celebrate the legacy of the suffragettes in Manchester and beyond. We wondered if the first wave of feminism is still relevant to our artists, scholars and activists. Can we still learn from the suffragettes? Can we enter a dialogue with them? As the proposals started coming in we understood that the answer was yes and that the legacy of the suffragettes is thriving in Manchester. In our packed one-day conference we hope to show off the people and ideas who keep the spirit of these women (and men) alive. MORE INFO: http://wonderwomenmcr.blogspot.co.uk/

8 March || The Working Class Movement Library celebrates IWD @ 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX. June Hannam, Professor of History at the University of West of England, will speak on the topic ‘Socialist women of the Independent Labour Party – political propagandists and trade union organisers, 1890s-1914’.Lynn Collins, Regional Secretary North West TUC, will also speak, on the topic ‘The struggle continues – trade union women today’.This event is part of Wonder Women: Radical Manchester. 2pm. FREE                                           MORE INFO: http://www.wcml.org.uk/

8 March || Birds Eye View Presents; “Wonder Women!” @ BFI Southbank. Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and produced by Kelcey Edwards, Wonder Women! offers an informative and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre, and is the perfect film to celebrate both International Women’s Day, and the official launch of the 2014 Birds Eye View Film Festival. Wonder Women! traces the fascinating birth, evolution and legacy of the Wonder Woman figure, from the 1940s comic book heroine to the blockbusters of today, and introduces us to a dynamic group of fictional and real life superheroines who are fighting for positive role models for girls – both on screen and off.                                                                                                                                         BUY TICKETS: http://goo.gl/qrxmmo                                                                                MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/lJZb5b

8 March || Club Debbie presents; Cher night @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. Sina Sparrow & Bitchcakes will be joined by Special Guest DJs Trinny and Susannah as well as performers Holestar, Shy-Charles Alderwick and Kev Clarke to delight you with female-fronted rock, pop, and disco. 10pm-Late. £3 entry.                                                                                                                                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/501241323321409/

8 March || Film Screening “Ruins” @ Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne. As part of Northumbria University’s contribution to IWD2014, we are very pleased to host the screening of an important new film which tells the story of the persecution of HIV-positive women in Greece. RUINS is a documentary about a shocking case of HIV criminalization in Greece when a group of HIV-positive women were detained by the Hellenic Police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their faces and personal data were published in the media in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections. The persecution and public shaming of HIV-positive women received considerable publicity in Greece and caused an international outcry. However, no political figures or media opinion-makers were made accountable. RUINS exposes the truth behind this grim moment in Greek democracy. 1.30pm including introduction by Zoe Mavroudi (Director), screening and Q/A                                                                                                                      MORE INFO: contact Karen Ross – karen.ross@northumbria.ac.uk

8 March || Let’s Start a Pussy Riot @ WOWZers fringe festival, Waterloo Join us for a talk and discussion about Pussy Riot, the book and collective activism. Venue TBC. Keep eyes peeled on our Facebook page and the WOWzers website for more info.                                                                                   FACEBOOK PAGE: http://goo.gl/nZmGQf                                                                          MORE INFO: http://wowzersfest.org/

9 March || Let’s Start a Pussy Riot @ WOW festival, Southbank Centre. Join us for a talk and discussion about Pussy Riot, the book and collective activism. Venue TBC. Keep eyes peeled on our Facebook page and the WOW website for more info.                                                                                                           FACEBOOK PAGE: http://goo.gl/nZmGQf                                                                          MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/49GfdY

9 March || Fundraiser for Rape Crisis, Edinburgh @ The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland. LIVE BANDS; Blueflint, Obehi and Dirty Red Turncoats. Live music and raffle to raise funds for the local Rape Crisis centre Edinburgh. 7.30pm.                                                                                                                             MORE INFOhttp://www.ewrasac.org.uk/previous-news-and-events.html

9 March || Stand up for Choice @ Mandela Hall, Belfast. An evening of Live Stand Up Comedy in support of a Woman’s Right to Choose featuring :BRIDGET CHRISTIE, GEMMA HUTTON, JOSIE LONG, ROBIN INCE & MARK THOMAS This event is part of the International Womens Day Celebrations and part of Mark Thomas’ 100 Acts of Minor Dissent. All proceeds to Pro-Choice Advocacy Work in NI.                                                                                   TICKETS: http://goo.gl/FgQX8D

9 – 30 March || Translation/Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Space and Time – Film Season @ Watershed, Bristol. Over Women’s History Month in March 2014, Translation/ Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Time and Space will celebrate the diverse ways women activists have communicated their struggle and resistance through film.  Translation/ Transmission features activist documentaries and women filmmakers from the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain, Jamaica, Palestine, Germany, Vietnam, USA, Iran and France/ Cameroon, highlighting the diversity of different feminisms across geographical locations and historical moments.             FULL LISTINGS & MORE INFO: http://translationtransmission.wordpress.com/                                                        FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/761938503821442/

12 March || The Story Sessions presents; Feminist Folk Tales @ The Ivy House, Nunhead, SE London. Old Wives’ Tales international women’s day tie in feminist fables and folk tales, Think Sisters Grimm… featuring Cath Blackfeather on Sleeping Beauty, Cherry Potts’ The Bone Box, Emily Cleaver The Frog , Jelena Ćurčić with a couple of Serbian folk tales. plus Flash from the Floor, your opportunity to tell us a feminist folk tale in 100 words or less…             FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/214381402102102

13 March || The Big Idea: Why Write a Feminist Play @ The Royal Court Theatre, London. Playwrights Abi Morgan and Nick Payne discuss the social, political and artistic imperatives of writing a play about feminism. Abi Morgan’s The Mistress Contract runs in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court from 30 January to 22 March.. Nick Payne’s credits include Blurred Lines, Constellations (which won the Evening Standard Best Play Award). Why Write a Feminist Play is part of The Big Idea bringing together artists, activists and an anthropologist to interrogate the relationships we form and how we talk about them. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/8KGfuq

14 March || What the Frock Comedy Show @ Mauretania, Park Street, Bristol. Joining our resident MC Cerys Nelmes will be Jessica Fosteskew (“intensely talented and very funny”, Time Out), Alice Frick (“exuberant and perfectly pitched”, Three Weeks), and Tash Bartlett (“confident, cute and crude”, Open Comedy). Tickets £10 advance, £12 door. Doors 7.30pm, comedy from 8pm                                                                                           MORE INFO: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/#!march-14/c1ra3

14-15 March || Stop Porn Culture UK Launch Conference @ Wedge House, London, SE1 8PB. Please join Gail Dines, Julie Bindel and SPC Intl. leaders and collaborators at our two-day launch conference. This conference is a progressive, feminist collaboration against the sex industry. March 14 (day 1): Conference With Expert Speakers and Panel. March 15 (day 2): Workshop with SPC Collaborators and Volunteers. Workshop to set up SPC in the UK.               MORE INFO: http://stoppornculture.org/events/5/spc-intl-conference-london-march-15/

15 March || Unskinny Bop presents; 10th B-Day Party; HEROS @ The Star of Bethnal Green, E2 6LG. In March 2004 we held our first disco event at 359 Bethnal Green Road, then called the Pleasure Unit, now the Star. Over the past ten years we have espoused a number of high-falutin’ theories, slogans, and ruminations on what Unskinny Bop is, what it should be, what it means, why we keep on doing it. Really, it comes down to a few very simple premises though:                                                                                                                                1. providing a welcoming, inclusive, queer-identified space for good times              2. encouraging dancefloor participation for all, especially fat people, shy people, weirdos and wallflowers                                                                                                      3. playing records we love, and only records we love, irrespective of genre, for your pleasure                                                                                                                                           So, please come and pay tribute with us. We invite you to get dressed up as your hero(ine)/love/joy/inspiration, whatever/whoever that may be – there will be prizes (probably) Fancy dress: HEROES. £5 on the door (£3 before 10 / concessions all night / in costume).                                                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.unskinnybop.co.uk/                                                            FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/504662936309582/

15 March || The Oppression and Resilience of Women @ Conway Hall, London. Central London Humanists, Conway Hall Ethical Society and the National Secular Society are please to announce a join event to celebrate International Women’s Day. The conference will celebrate women’s achievements in the arts, sciences and politics, we will also look at health, wealth and education and how society, men and religions tend to impede women. We will be highlighting the appalling oppression that many women still have to cope with in the 21st century and the postive achievements of women despite the many challenges they face, and we will end the day with some comedy. See website for full list of speakers. The conference will run from 10.00am – 17.00pm.                                                                                                                                                MORE INFO: http://www.conwayhall.org.uk/special-events

16 March || What the Frock presents Comedy Skills Workshop and Showcase @ Halo, 141 Gloucester Road, Bristol.  What The Frock! Comedy is pleased to be teaming up with award-winning comedian, broadcaster and all-round superstar Kate Smurthwaite.                                                                               WORKSHOP: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/#!march-16/c1tb3          The workshops are aimed both at those who’ve always wanted to try stand-up and those who have done a few gigs but are keen to develop their skills. Whether you’re looking for a new career or just a speedy confidence boost (or even a truly original gift for a friend!), we guarantee you’ll have a great time. £65.00. 11am-1pm, 2pm-5pm                                                                                                           SHOWCASE: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/#!march-16—showcase/c1243                                                                                                                          Following on from the comedy workshop at Halo led by Kate during the day, come and show your support for the workshop graduates by joining the audience for the evening showcase – where they will be trying out their new comedy skills.  £5.00. 7pm -9pm                                                                                             MORE INFO: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/

17 March || She Grrrowls: Humans Vs Machines @ Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green. SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: Humans vs. Machines. Every third Monday of the month. Hosted by Carmina Masoliver, Poetry by Rosie Garland and Rosemary Swainston & Chris Lawrence, Comedy by Lizanne Davies, Music by Mushana. Just £5 on the door, £4 when booked in advance online.                                                                                                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/327797054025503/

18 March || Coming off Clean Symposium @ Corpus Christi College, Oxford. When women have expressed their own sexuality in public it has often spelled trouble in the eyes of mainstream society. In this conference, cultural practitioners and academics reflect on female sexual autobiography, untroubled by the trouble they may cause. ‘Coming Off Clean’ is a phrase taken from art critic Chris Kraus’s ‘theoretical fiction’ book, I Love Dick. In the book, Kraus is preoccupied with how the ‘I’ of women writers and artists has tended to be pathologised, and cast as narcissistic, confessional, and totally at odds with the analytical. Speakers: ANNA KEMP (Queen Mary University of London), HELEN HESTER (Middlesex), SHIRLEY JORDAN (Queen Mary University of London), ALEX DYMOCK (Reading), OCTAVIA BRIGHT (UCL / writer) ALISON J. CARR (Sheffield Hallam / artist). 10.30am – 18.00pm                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/coming-clean

19 March || Secrets from the Soul: stories & discussion about FGM @ Grant Museum of Zoology, London. Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf and musician Nigel of Bermondsey investigate issues around female cutting through story and song. This event takes place among the skeletons and specimens of UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology. Post-event discussion with UCL Medical School’s Dr Jayne Kavanagh & Dr Katherine Woolf. 50 free places. 7pm – 9pm.                                                           TICKETS:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secrets-from-the-soul-stories-discussion-about-fgm-tickets-10150577651                                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/235214376651410/

19 March || The Fawcett Society: How to conduct your own assessment of the impact of public spending cuts on women in your local area: a one-day workshop with Mary-Ann Stephenson @ London TBC. The Fawcett Society is running a one-day workshop for women’s groups in London on how to conduct a gender equality impact assessment of the spending cuts at a local level. Mary-Ann Stephenson, author of TUC’s ‘Women and the Cuts Toolkit’ and Chair of Coventry Women’s Voices, will lead the workshop and offer tailored support through hands-on practical sessions. This workshop is free but limited to 14 participants, so early registration is essential. In order to make the workshop available to as many groups as possible, we can only accept one delegate per organisation. FREE. How to register: To register, please email Ava.Lee@fawcettsociety.org.uk with your name, organisation, and contact details. The workshop will be held in Central London and lunch and refreshments will be provided. 10.30am – 4.30pm                                                             MORE INFO:www.fawcettsociety.org.uk

30 March || Love London – Hate Street Harassment @ All over London! As part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week (30th March – 5th of April 2014), Rape Crisis South London will be again running the fabulous London Landmarks Against Street Harassment. All week we will be inviting participants to take a photo of themselves, of friends or of bystanders holding a message of support for loving London streets, hating street harassment, outside of London’s many stunning Landmarks. So that could be a photo of you in front of Big Ben with a poster calling time on street harassment in London.                      MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/MeetUsOnTheStreet             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405046029753784/

COMING UP IN APRIL

4 April || CLIT ROCK # 4 @ Underbelly, Hoxton, London. LIVE BANDS: Dana Jade, Blindness. DJs; Sina Sparrow. A celebration of women who rock! Music events to raise awareness and funds for Daughters Of Eve an organisation committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating FGM. £5.00     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393578667568745

5 April || UK Feminista; Scotland Activist Training @ TBC Venue, Glasgow. This event is perfect for anyone organising for a world without sexism, from seasoned campaigners to those looking for confidence to get started. It’s a great opportunity for those involved in women’s and feminist groups as well as individuals to learn and share ideas and skills to make change happen. FREE                                                                                                                                 BOOK ONLINE: http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/scotland-activist-refresher/

8-13 April || Birds Eye View Film Festival 2014 @ Various venues including; Barbican, BFI Southbank and ICA. The Festival will also feature UK premieres, cutting edge features, insightful personal documentaries, live music, silent film and special events featuring some of the world’s leading female filmmakers and rising new talents. There will also be industry training opportunities supported by the British Council and Creative Skillset. Full programme to be announced on 8th of March. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/JlHZUH

11 April || Revisiting the Sadeian Woman – Postgraduate Conference @ Swansea University. 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the Marquis de Sade’s death, but Sadeian influences remain prominent in contemporary literature, criticism, and culture.This one-day postgraduate conference, funded by GENCAS and RIAH (The Centre for Research into Gender and Culture in Society and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University), aims to revisit the Sadeian debates first established in the 1980s, and to investigate how these ideas are relevant to contemporary society. How have evolutions of feminism and post-feminism impacted upon Sadeian influences? CONTACTswanseagenderconf@gmail.com

11 April || What the Frock! Comedy Awards @ Maurentania, 9 Park Street, Bristol. The all-female What The Frock! Award returns for a second year. Last year, all the places were filled within 24 hours of the competition being announced, and this year they were filled within 10 hours! This is one of only two all-female comedy awards in the UK, and is free to enter. Our compere for the evening will be Cerys Nelmes, and we will have a performance from Annabel O’Connell, who was a finalist in 2013. Tickets £10.00                                     MORE INFO: http://www.wegottickets.com/whatthefrockcomedy

Over and Out,

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

SIATC *UPDATE* FEBRUARY 2014

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Dear Teacups,

February is LGBT history month and there are lots of events happening across the country. February 7th is also the start of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. As the world comes together to celebrate the Winter Olympics the global community stands by those suffering discrimination and intimidation for identifying as homosexual. Show your support and join the protest outside the Russian Embassy on Friday, February the 14th. The protest will be a Valentine’s Day Carnival for equality, love and human rights in response to the continued human rights abuses sanctioned by Russia’s new anti-gay law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors”, which has caused an upsurge in anti-gay violence in the country. For more info please see the Facebook event; For Russia, With Love.

Also on February 14th millions from across the world will be taking part in One Billion Rising/V-DAY–  a global campaign started by Eve Ensler to support and empower women who are survivors of violence. Check out the event listings to find an event happening near you.

On Friday 21st of February Let’s Start a Pussy Riot are continuing their University tour and have been invited to talk at BIMM Bristol Music University. 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 and Oxford University and we have some Uni appearances happening in the new year at Bristol BIMM, Goldsmiths and Falmouth Universities.  If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

Looking ahead to March, its a packed month! March 8th is International Women’s Day and there are lots of events happening up and down the country. Women of the World (WOW) festival at the Southbank Centre runs from the 5th until the 9th of March and WOWZERS – WOW Fest’s fringe event runs from the 8th-9th of March.

OPEN SUBMISSIONS SPOTLIGHT

This month we have quite a list of Open Submission calls to get your teeth into! There is a little something for everyone. WOWZERS Fest, the new fringe event running alongside Women of the World Festival, is looking for people to run activities, workshops, events. For more info please see their website. LGBT artists can submit their work to win the Winter Pride Art Award and £1000. The competition is open to all LGBT emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative works. CUNTRY LIVING is a free print zine by Oxford University students that offers a voice to people who care about gender equality & feminism. Cuntry Living zine are taking submissions for the next issue and are looking for factual articles, opinion pieces, prose, and poetry. Fabulous literary site: For Books Sake have just announced that they will be publishing a Poetry Anthology “Furies”. Female poets are invited to submit poetry about hellcat heroines, modern, mythic, cyborg – women in film, fiction, history, music art and activism. All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

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

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

UK FEMINISTA | Activist Groups

Join a feminist campaigning group: Getting involved in your local feminist group is a great place to start. Take a look at our interactive map to find your nearest grassroots group.

Set up a group: If there isn’t a group near you, don’t worry! Take a look at UK Feminista’s guide to setting up a feminist group packed with tips on getting your own strong action group running.

Get skilled up: UK Feminista runs regional and national training events throughout the year to help you plan creative and powerful actions and campaigns. We are also developing a series of online resources which will be available to download soon. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to hear first about our events and resources

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

WOWZERS FESTIVAL – CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS

Kicking off on International Women’s Day, Wowzers is a community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014. Our mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.

What would you like to see at a festival celebrating women and girls? What topics around gender do you think should be covered?

If you’ve got an idea for an activity you’d like to run at Wowzers Festival on 8th-9th March 2014, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for individuals and groups to host highly interactive group sessions focusing on a particular issue relating to gender/women and girls. It could be a discussion, workshop, skillshare, brainstorm… or something else!

To submit your session idea, fill in the form on our page: ‘Host a Session

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/WowzersFest                           MORE INFO:  http://wowzersfest.org/

FOR BOOKS SAKE – CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS

Furies Poetry Anthology will be published in Autumn 2014, and will showcase established and emerging women writers from across the globe. We interpret Furies in the widest possible sense, and your hellcat heroines may be modern, mythic, animal or cyborg, women from film, fiction, history, music, art and activism, or rebels in their own home. Whether you’re penning a tribute to Pussy Riot, a sonnet about suffragettes, a love letter to women warriors from fairytale or folklore, or something else entirely, we can’t wait to read your writing.

All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

DEADLINE: 30th of March                                                                                              HOW TO SUBMIT: http://forbookssake.net/furies-poetry-anthology/

CUNTRY LIVING ZINE – CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

CUNTRY LIVING is a free print zine by Oxford University students that offers a voice to people who care about gender equality & feminism. Cuntry Living zine are taking submissions for this term’s zine! We’re looking for factual articles, opinion pieces, prose, poetry, crosswords, jokes, artwork everything and anything. as long as it’s about feminism/gender/sexuality. be creative!

DEADLINE: 3rd February                                                                                                      MORE INFO ABOUT CONTRIBUTING:  https://www.facebook.com/events/642292349167629/                      WEBSITE: http://cuntrylivingmagazine.tumblr.com/

WINTER PRIDE Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money.

Open to all LGBT artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea.

DEADLINE: 8 February                                                                                                                TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN FEBRUARY 2014

February || LGBT History Month: For event listings for around London and the UK: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/event-calendar/

1 February || Women’s Development & Confidence Building Workshop, Glasgow. Take away tools, techniques and skills to enable and support personal growth and well-being at home and in the workplace. MORE INFO: www.mybodyandme.co.uk

1 February || The Freedom Train: Standing in Solidarity with the Women of Spain against Abortion Reform @ Hungerford Bridge, London. On the 1st of February, trains depart from all over Spain (and one from France), carrying pro choice campaigners to Madrid, where they will hand Spanish MPs the text ‘Because it’s my choice’. The right of Spanish women to access safe and legal abortion is currently under threat with the proposal to reform the law in a highly restrictive fashion by Spain’s ruling party, the Partido Popular. We stand in solidarity with Spanish women and their right to access safe and legal abortion and we wish to show our support from the UK. The Bellyhanger Revolution begins here! Meeting at Hungerford Bridge at 1pm. EMAIL: mybellyismine@gmail.com                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/443706625757112                                     FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/mybellyismine

1-22 February || Blurred Lines @ The Shed Theatre, London. A play created and devised by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne.A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs. Nick Payne’s plays include Constellations, Wanderlust (Royal Court) and The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse). Carrie Cracknell is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate. Recent work includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic and West End) and Wozzeck (ENO). MORE INFO: http://theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/events/blurred-lines#.UsV4cfRdVth

3 February || Feminist Discussion Group: Feminism and religion @ Holborn. 4-6 Theobolds Road, WC1X 8PM. Monthly discussion group. RSVP.    FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LondonFeministDiscussion/     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/570599019696478

6 February || Rainbow Jews Exhibition and Film Launch @ London School of Economics. The Rainbow Jews collection will be the first ever source of Jewish LGBT History in Britain. Be part of this legacy and join us tonight to celebrate our pioneers and milestones! 6.30pm @ LSE New Theatre/East Building:  Opening Speeches hosted by Liberal Judaism CEO Rabbi Danny Rich & world premier of the Rainbow Jews series mini documentaries. 8pm @ LSE Atrium Gallery/Old Building: Exhibition launch reception with special guests and entertainment. MORE INFO & MORE EVENTS: http:// www.rainbowjews com                                                                                                      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/205053153014958/

6 February || Clam Jam # 6 @ Dalston Superstore. E8 2PB. Sixth Instalment of the Joyous Lesbo Gathering that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore. DJs: Lina Bradford and Packin’C (aka CATHAL). 9pm – 2.30am. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/572958212787461/

7-21 February || SOAS Women’s Society event series; Ain’t I A Woman? What’s race got to do with it? @ SOAS University, London. The Women Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has put together ‘Ain’t I A Woman? What’s race got to do with it?’ This will explore the intersectionality of gender and race in a week-long series of events centred around Ntozake Shange’s play ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.’ For full listings of events please see links.                       MORE INFO: http://aint-i-a-woman.tumblr.com/                                          FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/aintiawomansoas

8 February || Winter Pride Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money. Open to all artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea. TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

7 February || Vested Interest presents; Joanna Gruesome @ Power Lunches, Dalston. A full lineup of bands; Joanna Gruesome, Plaids, Crows an Wra, Kin Shot, Nudes. Plus much more. 7.30pm onwards. £5.00                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/239616896207641/

7 February || Traumfrau: A Night of Fairy Tales @ The Bermuda Triangle, Brighton. Enter a world of enchanted tunes, dark and magical stories, symbolism and metamorphosis. Bring your fantasies to life: come as the imagined creature that lives within you, the beast that scared you in your childhood tales, or the heroine you wanted to grow into. Fairies, ogres, goblins, gnomes and all folkloric characters welcome. LIVE: Olivia Louvel                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/628285567232676/

8 February || Club Debbie: Febbie @ Resistance Gallery, E2 9RF. Sick of the cold, the grey and the gloom? So are we. DEBBIE loves you and she’s coming back in FEBBIE to show you what FUN is all about. 10pm til 3am. £3.00 entry FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/575913775835773/

8 February || Winter Pride UK 2014 @ Tobacco Dock, E1, London. Immerse yourself in the party atmosphere as LGBT London comes together for the first-ever Winter Pride UK on 8th February 2014. More info and full lineup – check links below. MORE INFO: www.winterprideuk.com                                      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410151369221725

10 February – 3rd March | Women in Philosophy @ Manchester Metropolitan University. In a series of public talks coordinated by researchers from the Department of Philosophy, issues of gender will be addressed by four women scholars who are by profession eminent philosophers in their respective fields. Women have arrived as practitioners in philosophy relatively recently when compared to the first 2,500 years of the discipline. This series of talks will look at whether the inclusion of women in philosophy has changed the landscape of what is being researched, learnt and taught in this fundamentally important subject. If philosophy is the study of how, what and why we think, what do women have to say about it? Come and join the debate! Women in Philosophy will present the following talks:

Monday 10th February 2014: Dr Anna Bergqvist (MMU) Moral particularism: a contribution to feminist thinking

Monday 17th February 2014: Professor Jennifer Saul (Sheffield)Stop Thinking (So Much) About ‘Sexual Harassment’

Monday 24th February 2014: Professor Tina Chanter (Kingston) The public, the private and the aesthetic unconscious: Reworking  Jacques Ranciere

Monday 3rd March 2014: Dr Meena Dhanda (Wolverhampton) Facing Prejudice: Negotiating the Cultural Politics of Identity

All talks take place in Geoffrey Manton Lecture Theatre 4 at 5.30pm (tea and coffee in Geoffrey Manton atrium from 5.00pm)

14 February || For Russia, With Love – LGBTQ Valentines Carnival @ Russian Embassy, London. W8 4QX. Join the Carnival outside the Russian Embassy in London in response to the continued human rights abuses sanctioned by Russia’s new anti-gay law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors”, which has caused an upsurge in anti-gay violence in the country. As the world comes together to celebrate the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we demand that the global community stands by those suffering discrimination and intimidation for just existing. Show your support and join the carnival                                                                                                                                                  SIGN THE PETITION: https://www.allout.org/en/actions/russia-attacks-taf                                                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393565987568279/

14 February || One Billion Rising for Justice.One Billion Rising For Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, workplaces, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.                                                                                                             MORE INFO: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

15- 16 February || Feminist Libraries and Archives Gathering @ Feminist Library and Nottingham Women’s Centre, Nottingham. A gathering of UK-based women’s libraries and resource centres. The event will give us all an opportunity to meet and forge relationships between one another, as well as share ideas, knowledge, and resources. We are hoping to hold a variety of discussion groups, talks, and workshops on topics pertaining to women’s libraries and resource centres. EMAIL: zaimal@nottinghamwomenscentre.com                                                WEBSITE: www.nottinghamwomenscentre.com

15 February || Mary Quaile Club First Meeting @ Cornerstones Community Centre, Salford. The  Mary Quaile Club was set up in December 2013. It will hold regular discussions on working class history and its links with  the political issues facing working people. The speakers will be Paula Bartley and Hugh Caffrey. Paula  Bartley will discuss the life and politics of Ellen Wilkinson. Paula is the author of Ellen Wilkinson, from Red Suffragist to Government  Minister,  to be published by Pluto Press in February 2014. 2pm.     MORE INFO: http://maryquaileclub.wordpress.com

15 February || Riots Not Diets, Riot Grrrl Valentines Ball @ West Hill Hall, Brighton. Third annual valentines ball. Always a hoot. Live bands & Djs; RAVIOLI ME AWAY // NOT RIGHT // BIG JOANIE // YUCKERFLATS.. £5,  8pm-10.30pm.                                                                                                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/555617684520056/                                    TICKETS http://www.wegottickets.com/event/251499

15 February || Kilburn Comic and Zine Fair @ South Kilburn Studios, NW6 5SW. OOMK Zine are hosting a FREE zine and comics fair in South Kilburn Studios, with talks, workshops and zines for sale. Follow links below for full listings of distros. 12.00pm onwards.                                                        MORE INFO:http://oomk.net/kczf                                                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/657152920997461/

17 February || She Grrrowls: Anti/Valentines @ The Gallery Cafe, E2 9PJ. SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: Anti/Valentines. Bring your poems of both love and hate for the open mic, but don’t forget the passion! Every third Monday of the month. Hosted by comedian Rosie Wilby, Poetry by Lisa Robinson-Grindey and Selina Nwulu, Comedy by Figs in Wigs Music by Cat Bear Tree  Just £5. 7.30pm -10.30pm.                                                                                FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/629603037085260/

17 February || Women and Alcohol: Different Perspectives – Conference, Bristol. A conference for alcohol and health professionals and the voluntary and independent sector, interested in sharing expertise, and hearing from other professionals and service users. 9.30am – 4.30pm                        MORE INFO: http://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/events/women-alcohol-and-domestic-abuse

18 February || Gender Institute Series of Conversations to welcome The Women’s Library @ London School of Economics. This conversation is : “Is there a sexual history?” Speakers include: Professor Jeffrey Weeks and Professor Clare Hemmings. Next event is on the 4th of March “Money and Equality”.  MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/Upcoming.aspx

21 February || NUS National Summit on Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education @ London South Bank University.  The summit will be an opportunity to look in depth at some of the key issues surrounding ‘lad culture’ in higher education and develop a shared vision amongst participants about how to move forward.Speakers include Laura Bates from Everyday Sexism Project and Lucy Holmes founder of the No More Page 3 Campaign. 10am – 5pm.                                                                                                                                          BUY TICKETS: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/ents/event/896/                    MORE INFO: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/campaigns/womens/

21 February || Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century until Now” @ St Aidan’s College, Durham University. We seek to examine and discuss how presentations of femaleness in text contributes to and creates what it means to be female. Keynote speakers at the conference include the winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Jane Smiley; Professor Maggie O’Neill (Durham University); Dr Kate MacDonald (University of Ghent). MORE INFO:http://readdurhamenglish.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/literary-dolls-the-female-textual-body-from-the-19th-century-to-now/.

22 February || Women’s Assembly Against Austerity @ Conway Hall, London. The People’s Assembly is pleased to announce the Women’s Assembly conference 2014. More details and a FAQ to follow soon.                           MORE INFO: http://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/women/                          TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-assembly-against-austerity-tickets-9613437049

25 February || Rosie Wilby “Nineties Woman” @ Rich Mix, London. Nineties Woman is a new show from award winning comedian Rosie Wilby using live interactive storytelling interspersed with video interviews, music and photo archive to trace a journey through early 90s feminism, refracted through a very personal lens. There will also be a post-show panel discussion with Jane Czyzselska, CN Lester, Kaite Welsh and Naomi Paxton.

BOOK TICKETS: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/rosie-wilby-nineties-woman/                                                                                                                                MORE INFO: http://www.rosiewilby.com/

26 February || Men’s discussion group @ The Feminist Library, London. Starting in February, the Feminist Library in Lambeth will be hosting a monthly Men’s Group meeting to discuss books and articles on feminist themes, with the aim of developing a better understanding of those themes and how they as men respond to them. For more information, or to join the mailing list, contact: mendiscussfeminism@yahoo.co.uk

27 February || Reclaim the Night Manchester 2014 @ Owens Park, Manchester. This year’s theme will be ‘sound and voices‘ – we’re going to fill the streets with sound and light our united energy against sexual harassment and sexual violence. The march starts at Owens’ Park, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield at 7pm and a neon parade will head down Wilmslow Road towards Manchester Students’ Union.  The evening continues with the Reclaim the Night After Party, a festival of the finest women talent, with live comedy and music, arts & crafts, fun activities, community stalls & awesome DJs till late – at Manchester Students’ Union from 9pm. EMAILtabz.obrien-butcher@manchester.ac.uk      FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/ReclaimTheNightManchesterUk              FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/439068732888265/?ref=22

COMING UP IN MARCH 2014

1 March || African Initiatives presents: International Women’s Rights Conference @ Bristol City Centre. A series of inspirational workshops to discuss diverse issues facing women around the world today, such as sex work, forced marriage, the fashion industry, sexuality and the impact of Colonialism. When booking your place, please select which workshops you would like to attend. Featuring key note speaker José Sluijs-Doyle, Chief Executive of African Initiatives &  Guest speaker Maanda Ngoitiko, African Initiatives’ partner in Tanzanian Suggested donation: £10.00.                                MORE INFO: info@african-initiatives.org.uk or phone 0117 915 0001.                BOOK TICKETS:  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rights-and-reasons-international-womens-rights-conference-registration-9274210413

1 March || Laughing Calves in association with The Women in Comedy Festival, Manchester. Laughing Calves showcase in association with the Women in Comedy Festival hosted by Kerry Leigh with Madge Hooks, Nina Gilligan, Gaye Jones and Debra Fayer . Followed by Rapture Club night until at least 1am. Doors 7.30pm, £3.00 before 9pm.                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/790566504293892

4 March || Gender Institute Series of Conversations to welcome The Women’s Library @ London School of Economics. This conversation is “Money and Inequality” Speakers include: Professor Ruth Lister and Professor Diane Elson.   MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/Upcoming.aspx

5 March || Women’s Aid Conference: Child abuse and domestic violence – time for early intervention?, London. Women’s Aid is bringing together experts and survivors from the domestic violence sector with experts and survivors in the children and young people’s sector for a unique conference to look at the common themes in the many instances where domestic violence and child abuse occur together. 9.00am – 16.00pm MORE INFO: www.womensaid.org.uk

5-9 March || Women of the World Festival 2014 @ The Southbank Centre. A weekend of talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls. The WOW weekend is for everybody. Talks, debates, comedy, workshops, activism and performance on everything from politics, science and sex to fashion, war and power.  Previous WOW festival speakers have included Julie Walters, Alice Walker, Gordon Brown MP, Naomi Wolf, Shami Chakrabarti, Bridget Christie, Ruby Wax, Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala Yousafzai, Ahdaf Soueif, Angélique Kidjo and many more. Book your day or full weekend passes now.                                                                                                       MORE INFO:http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/wow-women-of-the-world-festival

8-9 March || WOWZERS Festival 2014 @ TBC, Waterloo, London. Kicking off on International Women’s Day, Wowzers is a community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014.Wowzers is driven by a need for a dynamic, inclusive and fresh approach towards celebrating the creativity of women and girls around the globe. Our mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.The event’s content is entirely crowd-sourced and funded by donations, making it open access and free for all to attend.                                               TICKETS: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wowzers-festival-tickets-5722225330                                                                                                                                      MORE INFO:  http://wowzersfest.org/

8 March || International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.   MORE INFO: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

8 March || Suffragette Legacy event @ People’s History Museum, Manchester, M3 3ER. Suffragette Legacy: How does the History of Feminism Inspire Current Thinking in Manchester? Camilla Mørk Røstvik, PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, and Louise Sutherland, Head of Collections and Engagement at the People’s History Museum, started planning an interdisciplinary conference to celebrate the legacy of the suffragettes in Manchester and beyond. We wondered if the first wave of feminism is still relevant to our artists, scholars and activists. Can we still learn from the suffragettes? Can we enter a dialogue with them? As the proposals started coming in we understood that the answer was yes and that the legacy of the suffragettes is thriving in Manchester. In our packed one-day conference we hope to show off the people and ideas who keep the spirit of these women (and men) alive.MORE INFO: http://wonderwomenmcr.blogspot.co.uk/

9 – 30 March || Translation/Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Space and Time – Film Season @ Watershed, Bristol. Over Women’s History Month in March 2014, Translation/ Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Time and Space will celebrate the diverse ways women activists have communicated their struggle and resistance through film.  Translation/ Transmission features activist documentaries and women filmmakers from the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain, Jamaica, Palestine, Germany, Vietnam, USA, Iran and France/ Cameroon, highlighting the diversity of different feminisms across geographical locations and historical moments.              FULL LISTINGS & MORE INFO: http://translationtransmission.wordpress.com/                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/761938503821442/

14 – 15 March || Stop Porn Culture UK Launch @ Wedge House, London, SE1 8PB. Please join Gail Dines, Julie Bindel and SPC Intl. leaders and collaborators at our two-day launch conference. This conference is a progressive, feminist collaboration against the sex industry.

March 14 (day 1): Conference With Expert Speakers and Panel.

March 15 (day 2): Workshop with SPC Collaborators and Volunteers. Workshop to set up SPC in the UK.

MORE INFO: http://stoppornculture.org/events/5/spc-intl-conference-london-march-15/

19 March || Secrets from the Soul: stories & discussion about FGM @ Grant Museum of Zoology, London. Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf and musician Nigel of Bermondsey investigate issues around female cutting through story and song. This event takes place among the skeletons and specimens of UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology. Post-event discussion with UCL Medical School’s Dr Jayne Kavanagh & Dr Katherine Woolf. 50 free places. 7pm – 9pm.  TICKETS:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secrets-from-the-soul-stories-discussion-about-fgm-tickets-10150577651                                              FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/235214376651410/

Over and Out,

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

SIATC *UPDATE* JANUARY 2014

Pussy Riot are Free 2

Dear Teacups,

Happy New Year! First up we are all delighted to hear the news that Pussy Riot members; Nadia and Masha have been freed from jail as part of Putin’s Amnesty leading up to Sochi Winter Olympics. We all know that Putin amnesty was a PR stunt and we think that Nadia and Masha were both brave and stoic in sticking to their principles and attempting to refuse the amnesty based on the hollow gesture and self-interest of Putin. Pussy Riot have always been free, even behind bars, their message crosses boarders, generations and inspires many around the world. We wish them all the best in rebuilding their lives and continuing their ambitions as human rights activists. Storm in a Teacup will continue to support Pussy Riot and we will be delivering more talks and lectures at UK Universities as part of our Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book tour. Here is a selection of news stories covering their release;

BBC                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25529770              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25490067

GUARDIAN

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/23/pussy-riot-nadezhda-tolokonnikova-freed-russian-prison              http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/23/pussy-riot-free-russia-war-on-culture            http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/27/freed-pussy-riot-remove-putin-tolokonnikova-alyokhina

There is so many great feminist events coming up in early 2014, with One Billion Rising and LGBT awareness month in February, and International Women’s Day and Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre in March – there’s lots to look forward to. Please see below some of the February and March events listings that have been announced so far.

Last year, Storm in a Teacup also got involved with the launch of Feminist Times and are now publishing monthly feminist event listings on their website. Our remit has widened and we are now listing Feminist Events outside of the London area as well as listing more training events, conferences and feminist art events that appeal to different audiences. If you have any feedback or would like to get your event listed – please get in touch. Anyone can get involved in the  Feminist Times community and even submit ideas and pitches to the editorial team. For more info please see below;

Become a Member

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Join the Mailinglist

NATIONAL

If you are in the Manchester area you may be interested in signing up to a 10 week course beginning on the 6th of January; The History of Radical Women in Greater Manchester. The course is an introduction to the history of radical women’s movements in Greater Manchester and will look at women’s role in movements and events such as Peterloo, the Luddites, Owenite Co-operation, Chartism and Votes for Women and will also include three walks in Manchester city centre. In Sheffield there is a Policy and Parliamentary Training day that aims to equip organisations and individuals on useful tools on how to get their voices heard in the policy making process and how to plan and organise lobbying work to influence government, its free to attend so book your place now!

LONDON

2014 starts off with a bang- there are so many feminist events happening across the capital. First up on the 8th of January Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising for Justice is hosting an event at The Southbank Centre looking at the state of female justice in the UK. There is a great lineup of speakers including Stella Creasy (Labour MP) Helena Kennedy (Baroness, Barrister, House of Lords, Rahela Sidiqi (Women for Refugee Women) and Eve Ensler (V-Day founder). Its a free event so sign up quickly before places sell out (RSVP: monique@vday.org or rossana@onebillionrising.org ) On the 14th of January, NUS National Summit presents a day on Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education at London South bank University. With speakers including Laura Bates (Founder of Everyday Sexism Project) and Lucy Holmes (Founder of No More Page 3 ) The agenda will feature workshops and plenaries from a diverse array of organisations dealing with issues related to ‘lad culture’ and will feature an opportunity to shape the direction of a national strategy to respond to ‘lad culture’ in higher education.

Last but not least don’t miss the new play created by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne; “Blurred Lines” at The Shed Theatre. A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs!

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

RATIFY THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION (16 DAYS OF ACTION) – WOMEN’S AID

Women’s Aid will be marking the 16 Days of Action by launching a campaign asking the government to ratify the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. The government signed the Convention in 2011 but two year later we are still waiting for them to ratify it. Ratifying the convention will mean the government will have to bring its provisions into force through domestic policy and legislation, this will strengthen the protection of women escaping domestic violence and send a clear signal that the UK will not tolerate violence against women.

SIGN PETITION:http://action.goingtowork.org.uk/page/s/tell-theresa-may-to-guarantee-minimum-standards-for-women-s-services-in-the-uk

MORE INFO: http://www.womensaid.org.uk/page.asp?section=0001000100100027&sectionTitle=Istanbul+Convention

LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT

The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter. For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3

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

UK FEMINISTA | London Activist Group: UK Feminista has set up a new London-based feminist activist group. Over the coming year the group will be staging a series of creative, bold actions to challenge sexism and provide visible resistance where women’s rights are under threat. The group meets on the first Monday of each month. Email to get get involved; activist@ukfeminista.org

MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

WINTER PRIDE Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money.

Open to all LGBT artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea.

DEADLINE: 8 February                                                                                                                 TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN JANUARY 2014

5-11 January || Candy Bars Final Week @ Candy Bar, Soho. It’s Candy Bar’s last week and they are going to be PARTYING HARD!  Lets make this week one of memories, nostalgia and new beginnings.  Email us your favorite Candy Bar moments to go on our ‘wall of fame’. amy@candybarsoho.com            FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/188762554651531

6 January || The History of Radical Women in Greater Manchester @ Aquinas College, Stockport. 10 Week course beginning 6th Jan.Greater Manchester was at the centre of the social, economic and industrial upheavals of the Industrial Revolution, which gave rise to radical political movements. The course will look at women’s role in movements and events such as Peterloo, the Luddites, Owenite Co-operation, Chartism and Votes for Women and will also include three walks in Manchester city centre.The course is being tutored by Michael Herbert. For more information on the course, please contact Sheila Lahan at Aquinas College, telephone 0161 419 9163, email : Sheila@aquinas.ac.uk.   http://www.aquinas.ac.uk/AdultEducation/LeisureGeneralCourses/RadicalWomeninGreaterManchester

8 January || 1 Billion Rising for Justice @ Southbank Centre. The state of female justice in the UK hosted by Jude Kelly (artistic director of the Southbank) Featuring: Sophie Barton-Hawkins (Poet and former prisoner), Marissa Begonia (Justice for Domestic Workers), Stella Creasy (Labour MP), Helena Kennedy (Baroness, Barrister, House of Lords) Rahela Sidiqi (Women for Refugee Women), Eve Ensler (V-Day Founder). Free Admission. 7.30pm. This event will be live-streamed.                                                                                             RSVP: monique@vday.org or rossana@onebillionrising.org

9 January || Clam Jam # 5 @ Dalston Superstore, Fifth or as We Like To Call it “Post Christmas and Full Of Jam And Cheese” Instalment of the Dykey and Damn Fabulous Extravaganza that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore.                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/569226949827162/

11 January || Open City Docs & Club Des Femmes present; Vivienne Dick @ ICA London. Since her major retrospective at Tate Modern in 2010, we have been waiting for Vivienne Dick’s newest film. To mark the UK premiere of The Irreducible Difference of the Other we are delighted to welcome Vivienne along to the festival to present her latest work together with one of her classic No Wave films from 1978, She Had Her Gun All Ready.£8/£10                               BOOK TICKETS:  https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/lsff-vivienne-dick-discussion

11 January || Club Debbie: I woke up like this! @ Resistance Gallery, E2. NEW YEAR’S DEBBIE! We expect all the People of DEBBIE to be waking up looking flawless post-New Year’s Eve, and be craving more female-fronted rock and pop music by Saturday January 11th… and we fully intend to deliver! 10pm-Late. £3 entry. Arrive early to avoid true disappointment!                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1433429950208660/

14 January || NUS National Summit on Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education @ London South Bank University. 10am -5pm. Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, is confirmed as one of the keynote speakers and other participants include Lucy Holmes, founder of the No More Page 3 campaign. The agenda will feature workshops and plenaries from a diverse array of organisations dealing with issues related to ‘lad culture’ and will feature an opportunity to shape the direction of a national strategy to respond to ‘lad culture’ in higher education. Students Union Delegate: £25, Sector Delegate: £50.00                                                                                                               MORE INFO:http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/ents/event/896/

16 January – 22 February || Blurred Lines @ The Shed Theatre, London. A play created and devised by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne.A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs. Nick Payne’s plays include Constellations, Wanderlust (Royal Court) and The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse). Carrie Cracknell is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate. Recent work includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic and West End) and Wozzeck (ENO).                                                                                                         MORE INFO: http://theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/events/blurred-lines#.UsV4cfRdVth

17 January || Policy & Parliamentary Training, Sheffield. Does your organisation want to make its voice heard in the policy making process? Does your organisation want to influence decision makers but have no idea how? Are you a community group that wants to lobby your local MP Voice4Change are holding a one day policy and parliamentary training session in partnership with the Parliamentary Outreach Service. The session is aimed at BME voluntary sector organisations who have little or no experience of lobbying or policy activity. MORE INFO: www.voice4change-england.co.uk

19 January || Women’s Development & Confidence Building Workshop, London. Take away tools, techniques and skills to enable and support personal growth and well-being at home and in the workplace.                     MORE INFO: www.mybodyandme.co.uk

20 January || She Grrrowls: Space @ The Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green.  SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: Space. Every third Monday of the month. Guest host and poet: Dizz Tate, Poets: Laila Sumpton and Rachel Long, Comedian: Helen Keen, Music: Rosie May.  £5.00                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1403889359853504/

25th January || London 70’s sisters @ The Feminist Library. Feminists who were active in the 60s, 70s & 80s are invited to an afternoon of connecting with other feminists and  joining in discussion around themes of ageing, ageism,  and activism, as well as offering the chance to form new ongoing  groups if you would like to. Women from outside London welcome. 2pm to 5:30pm. Tel: 020 7261 0879 MORE INFO: http://feministlibrary.co.uk/

25 January || Rebel Coffee Club @ Cardiff, Wales. New monthly feminist meet-up. Coffee, relaxed chat, and intersectional badassery. Occasional guest speakers. LGBTQ+. Free to attend. Follow us on Twitter for updates: @RebelCoffeeClub. More TBA

26 January || ELF Presents; A Fine Art Degree, Will I Ever Practice? Discussion @ Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, E1 6LA. The ELF art audit campaign revealed 31% of artists represented by London galleries are women. The inevitable question remains: what can female graduates do to combat this inequality? A panel discussion with distinguished artists Sonia Boyce, Rose Gibbs, Sarah Maple, Kerry Campbell, Hannah Perry and Hannah Sawtell. More information to follow. Please email – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place.                                                                                                                           MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

30 January || Garconne @ Peckham, London. Garçonne brings you an eclectic mixture of talented and predominantly LGBTQ+ musicians, performers and artists to delight and inspire, plus some serious dancing fun. If you love to dance like no one’s watching, in the company of a curiously queerful crowd, then join us. Live performances from two uncompromising and beguiling acts:OLI SPLEEN // www.facebook.com/olispleen & ASHKELON // www.facebook.com/ashkelon3000                                                                                        MORE INFO: www.garconne.co.uk                                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/185690021624131

COMING UP IN FEBRUARY 2014

February || LGBT History Month: 2014 is dedicated to music. More Information: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

1 February || Women’s Development & Confidence Building Workshop, Glasgow. Take away tools, techniques and skills to enable and support personal growth and well-being at home and in the workplace.                 MORE INFO: www.mybodyandme.co.uk

1-22 February || Blurred Lines @ The Shed Theatre, London. A play created and devised by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne.A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs. Nick Payne’s plays include Constellations, Wanderlust (Royal Court) and The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse). Carrie Cracknell is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate. Recent work includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic and West End) and Wozzeck (ENO). MORE INFO: http://theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/events/blurred-lines#.UsV4cfRdVth

8 February || Winter Pride Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money. Open to all artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea.                                            TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

8 February || Winter Pride UK 2014 @ Tabacco Dock, E1, London. Immerse yourself in the party atmosphere as LGBT London comes together for the first-ever Winter Pride UK on 8th February 2014. More info and full lineup – check links below. MORE INFO: www.winterprideuk.com                                FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410151369221725

14 February || One Billion Rising for Justice.One Billion Rising For Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, workplaces, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right. MORE INFO: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

15 February || Riots Not Diets, Riot Grrrl Valentines Ball @ West Hill Hall, Brighton. Third annual valentines ball. Always a hoot. Live bands & Djs; RAVIOLI ME AWAY // NOT RIGHT // BIG JOANIE // YUCKERFLATS.. £5,  8pm-10.30pm.                                                                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/555617684520056/                                  TICKETS http://www.wegottickets.com/event/251499

17 February || Women and Alcohol: Different Perspectives – Conference, Bristol. A conference for alcohol and health professionals and the voluntary and independent sector, interested in sharing expertise, and hearing from other professionals and service users. 9.30am – 4.30pm MORE INFO: http://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/events/women-alcohol-and-domestic-abuse

22 February || Women’s Assembly Against Austerity @ Conway Hall, London. The People’s Assembly is pleased to announce the Women’s Assembly conference 2014. More details and an FAQ to be follow soon.                   TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-assembly-against-austerity-tickets-9613437049

COMING UP IN MARCH 2014

5 March || Women’s Aid Conference: Child abuse and domestic violence – time for early intervention? London. Women’s Aid is bringing together experts and survivors from the domestic violence sector with experts and survivors in the children and young people’s sector for a unique conference to look at the common themes in the many instances where domestic violence and child abuse occur together. 9.00am – 16.00pm MORE INFO: www.womensaid.org.uk

8 March || International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. MORE INFO: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Over and Out,

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

SIATC *UPDATE* DECEMBER 2012

Copy of Votes for Women 1911

SIATC *UPDATE* DECEMBER 2012

Dear Teacups,

*Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year!*

2012 has been an action packed year full of feminist activism, and Women’s equality and LBGTQ rights have increasingly become the frontline for discussion and debate in our evolving and changing society – from the US elections, to the Church of England; it’s very exciting times and feminism has been more relevant than ever. This year has also seen Pussy Riot raise the bar for feminist activism in the arts, reminding us to hold onto the freedom of expression that sometimes we take for granted, and inspired us all to remember the power of politics in our art, and we have responded with art, collaborative projects, protest and events that have shown the power of feminist action on a global scale.

Thanks to all that have been involved and those of you who came along to our events like the “Pussy Riot Fundraiser” presented by Storm in a Teacup alongside; Not So Popular & Girls Get Busy at The Shacklewell Arms in April, our “Herstory” Storytelling event on Hampstead Heath presented alongside London Dreamtime in August and The Shondes, The Tuts and Amity show presented by SIATC alongside The Girls Are at The Lexington in October.

We are also really excited about the new year, when we have an exciting announcement to make about our Lets Start a Pussy Riot zine in January and we are planning to be involved in the Women on the World Festival at The Southbank in March.

Some great seasonal delights coming up in the lead up towards Christmas; The first ever Queer Zine Fest in London is happening on Saturday 8th December. Check out the coverage in The Independent  and Diva Magazine. 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.

On 6th December East London Fawcett Group are launch their Cutting Women Out report into how austerity cuts have affected women living in Islington. With a panel including Emily Thornberry MP  and Clr Catherine West of Islington Council. Places are limited so please get in touch by emailing; info@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk  if you wish to attend. East London Fawcett group also have their Christmas drinks social planned for the 14 December and The next ELF: Artist talk is on 12 January at Bloomberg Space with artist Hannah Sawtell. For more information please see: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

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 P
lease follow the wonderful work of this organisation, which connects grassroots organisations worldwide 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/

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 IN DECEMBER 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. Come along to the opening party on Friday 30th November.
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/196908370424852/
MORE INFO:
http://music-and-liberation.tumblr.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

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/

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/

6 December || ELF CAMPAIGNS: Cutting Women Out Launch, 7.30pm.Launch of report into how austerity cuts have affected women living in Islington. With a panel including Emily Thornberry MP  and Clr Catherine West of Islington Council. Places are limited so please get in touch if you wish to attend.
EMAIL:
info@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to book your place.
MORE INFO:
http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

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
DIVA COVERAGE:
http://www.divamag.co.uk/category/arts-entertainment/queer-fanzines-diy-for-life.aspx
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/232251613569656/


14 December || ELF: SOCIAL Christmas drinks
, 7pm. Location TBC
2012 has been an extraordinary year for ELF. Join them for Christmas drinks!
MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

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

16 December || Bust Magazine; Christmas Craftacular @ York Hall, Bethnal Green. SHOP at over 75 stalls of the very hottest in handmade. CRAFT a sequine bauble with the ladies of GranMade at Great Croft; fashion a festive fascinator with Hatastic; stitch up a storm with Craftivist Collective. Plus DJS! 12.00pm -6.00pm, £2.00 admission
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/438805086180680/

17 December || Violet Noise present; Christmas Noise @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 8pm, FREE.  DEE PLUME of Robots in Disguise fame (LIVE) THE BEAUTIFUL WORD (LIVE) CRAFT MY LEFT ONE arts collective and VIOLET NOISE (DJ SET)
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/252650198194284/

20 December | T-Club @ Dalston Superstore, 8.30pm – 2.30 am. DJs Film Screening, Art.
FACEBOOK EVENT: 
http://www.facebook.com/events/1233097696830778/

21 December || Unskinny Bopalypse@ Bethnal Green Working Mens Club. Complimentary glass of sherry and mince pie (for early-comers), Santa’s grotto, Extra downstairs lounge bar with Xmas karaoke, Top 10 countdown of our best songs of 2012, Xmas hits including top secret end of the night dancing to a very special song. 10pm-2am *no entry after midnight* £5 (£3 before 10pm / concessions)
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/395030787244285/

21 December || Club Lesley Christmas Do @ Dalston Superstore.  
MAXX DMX , BISOUX, WOLF, VICKI JEAN ROSIE MAE + dancing elves & tinsel , 9.00pm – 3.00am.
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/307634346007715/

21 December || OPP Christmas Warehouse Party @ Corner of Hoxton st and Drysdale St, N1 6NG. 10pm-6am. £8 on the door £6 in advance via ticket web
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/382832568463076/


COMING UP IN JANUARY 2013

12 January || ELF Artist’s Talk @ Bloomberg Space ELF members are invited to listen to artist Hannah Sawtell discuss her work during the exhibition of her current project Vendor. The work has been specially commissioned to create two linked, site-specific exhibitions, Vendor at Bloomberg SPACE and Osculator at the ICA, These exhibitions of video work and installation mark Sawtell’s first solo projects in the UK. RSVP: eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com for more info and to reserve a place
MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

Over and Out,

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

Women of the World Festival 2012 @ Southbank Centre

WOW – Women of the World Festival 2012 is a celebration of the formidable strength and inventiveness of women, running 7-11 March. This annual festival presents and recognises women from all walks of life, acting as a conversation space for issues of all kinds. WOW includes lively talks and debates about politics, the arts, economics, fashion, science, health, sport and big ideas. Take part in mentoring and workshops and hear from celebrities, politicians, artists and activists on the topics that matter to women worldwide.

Evening highlights (ticketed separately) include comedy from Sandi Toksvig; music from Equals Live 2012 hosted by Annie Lennox, Sinead O’Connor and Emmy the Great; and film with Birds Eye View Sound and Silents.

Storm in a Teacup, East London Fawcett Group and VV collective will all have an info table at the WOW marketplace on Saturday 10th of March, the Marketplace is free, so drop in and see how you can get involved in our 2012 activities and events.

Join WOW at Southbank Centre on Facebook.We’re also talking on Twitter #WOW2012 

For full programme and ticketing information: southbankcentre.co.uk/wow

*Storm in a Teacup collective is an official digital advocate for WOW 2012*

SIATC *UPDATE* MARCH 2012

SIATC *UPDATE* MARCH 2012

Dear Teacups,

March is the mother of all feminist months as its Women’s History Month and International Womens Day (8th of March) and there’s such of an awesome variety of music/art/activist events happening to feed and nurture your inner feminist. See the listings below!

First up if you missed the VV collective all-female group exhibition “Show Your Face” at Cultivate Gallery last month, you can see all the photos of the private view here; http://wearevv.com/show-your-face-2012/
If you are a female visual artist, get involved and become a member of VV by filling out an application form, you can download here: http://wearevv.com/members-lounge-2/

Next week there are two great feminist art events coming up, that are not to be missed! On Monday at the Bethnal Green Working-men’s club there is a very special performance of the Vagina Monologues raising money for Daughters of Eve, Clit Rock and Feminism in General Group with Bad Reputation DJ’s for afters!

On Thursday we are very excited about the East London Fawcett Groups “Great East London Art Audit” Grab your audit pack and count at a gallery of your choice  and join us as we try and find out the truth about representation in the art world! For more information please email  zoealexander@yahoo.com and see the Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/336899849682797/

The annual and international “Million Women Rise” march is coming up next Saturday the 3rd of March, join feminist groups from around the country as they march together in central London to show solidarity and stand up to male violence against women and children in all its forms.

And the following weekend from 8th-11th of March we have the second year of Women of the World festival at the Southbank centre. Storm in a Teacup is an official digital advocate and we will be re-posting news stories and highlight events that will be happening over the WOW festival weekend via our Facebook and blog account. We will also have an information table on Saturday and Sunday at the Marketplace alongside friends like East London Fawcett Group, Girls Get Busy and VV Collective. So come along and say hi and see how you can get involved in our future plans, campaigns and events. If you have flyers or free zines you would like us to distribute at the festival please get in touch. You can see the collaborative WoW zine we published at last year’s WOW festival  with She bang, Magpies Magazine, Soupa Collective and lots of other wonderful feminist zinesters online here

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

East London Fawcett Group (ELF) launched in June 2011 and are currently looking for volunteers for “Great East London Art Audit” research on the 1st of March and beyond. For more info info please email eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com or zoealexander@yahoo.com
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/336899849682797/
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/

Fawcett Society | Fight Back Fridays: Take action NOW to defend women’s rights.Since the 2010 Budget, women have borne the brunt of cuts.  In the run up to the 2012 Budget, Fawcett and more than 20 other organisations are calling on the government to implement our  ‘Life Raft for Women’s Equality’ – a set of targeted policy asks that  would go a long way in softening the worse effects of cuts on women. Start by signing up to the e-bulletin and singing the online petition. Links below;
E-BULLETIN: http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=58
PETITION: http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=1172
MORE INFO: http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=1263

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

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

Ladyfest East London volunteer-run event on 1st April in London featuring music, zines, workshops and a whole plethora of other positive stuff!  This will be a great chance to meet like-minded people, promote female artists, raise money for charity and have a great time!
EMAIL: ladyfesteastlondon@gmail.com
MORE INFO: http://ladyfesteastlondon.blogspot.com


COMING UP IN FEBRUARY 2012

27 February || The Vagina Monologues | A special fundraiser for FIG, Daughters of Eve & Clit Rock 7pm @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s club. Merch stall, performance of the play, a few surprises, a short talk, an amazing raffle, plus excellent Bad Reputation DJs.
TICKETS: http://thevaginamonologues27feb12.eventbrite.com/
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/273433762723248/

COMING UP IN MARCH 2012

1 March || The Great East London Art Audit | With East London Fawcett Group. Central Meeting Point: Pub on the Park,  E8 3PE.  Join the East London Fawcett Group on the first ever Great East London Art Audit! Grab your audit pack and count at a gallery of your choice as we try and find out the truth about representation in the art world. Please contact zoealexander@yahoo.com to register your gallery preference and info pack.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/336899849682797/

1 March || Twat Boutique with CocknBullKid @ Dalston Superstore. 9pm – 2.30am w/ CocknBullKid + MDMX + Maxx DMC + Kerry & Casio!
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/328695670499964/

3 March || Million Women Rise March 2012 @ 12pm Orchard St, W1
MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/groups/11516673477/

4 March || Girls Get Busy Zine Making Workshop @ The Shaklewell Arms, E8 2EB. 2pm – 5pm zine making session with a photocopying station. Please bring your own art supplies. A selection of homemade pies with mash will be available from the bar. If you’d like to host your own workshop please email girlsgetbusyzine@gmail.com
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/342356782471125/
MORE INFO: www.girlsgetbusyzine.tumblr.com

7 March || Women’s History- Half the Future, Half the Past @ Housmans Radical Bookshop
Launching the annual Women’s History Month celebrations, Jessica Metheringham-Owlett will be at Housmans to give a broad perspective on issues surrounding women’s history. £3, redeemable against any purchase, 7.00pm
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/336899849682797/

8 March || International Women’s Day @ All over the world! More Info: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

8 March || Rebel, Rebel @ Feminist Library Celebrate rebellious women on International Women’s Day A benefit for the Feminist Library. Food – Drinks – Bookstalls – Discussions & film screenings.  Creche available (please book in advance) £4.00 suggested donation. SE1 7XW, 2-11pm.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/259227784152660/

9 March || CLUB THE MAMMOTH @ THE OLD BLUE LAST | COLD IN BERLIN [SINGLE LAUNCH] + Severin + Heretics. Free Entry
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/235087286571843/

10 March || Wonderful Women of Whitechapel and Spitalfields guided tour with the Womens Library. 2pm £10.00 To celebrate International Women’s Week, visit sites associated with women who have defined Whitechapel and Spitalfields.
MORE INFO: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/whats-on/events/guided-walks.cfm

12 March || To Freedoms Cause @ 2pm & 7pm Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden. A play exploring the intertwining stories before and after the day Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison lost her life at Derby day 1913, this play is a look at the personal stories of the suffragette movement. £12/£9  MORE INFO:http://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/Also_on.asp

8-11 March || Women of the World Festival 2012 @ Southbank Centre
Storm in a Teacup, VV Collective and East London Fawcett will be at the Marketplace on Sat & Sun. For full festival programme visit website!
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/womenoftheworldfestival
MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/womenoftheworldfestival

16 March || Ladyfest Bristol – Men Can Be Feminists Too @ Stag and Hounds, Bristol. To prove anyone can support equality no matter what gender, three of the best up-and-coming bands will perform for your listening pleasure. All proceeds from the gig will go towards the funding of Bristol Ladyfest.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/113983492062202/

22 March || SEVERIN EP LAUNCH @ Electricity Showrooms. 8pm FREE Entry. Support from: Moscow Youth Cult, The Voyeurist (DJ set)
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/242766749145407/

23 March – 1 April || London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival @ BFI Southbank. For full programme of events and screenings visit their website!
MORE INFO:http://www.bfi.org.uk/llgff

31 March || Dyke March 2012 London’s first dyke march in Central London since the 1980s! Dress up, dress down, bring placards, bring flags, bring your bicycle, bring your favorite people. Meeting 5pm in Soho Square and then marching through Central London.
FUNDRAISING: http://www.indiegogo.com/Dyke-March-UK
MORE INFO:  http://www.facebook.com/events/225743957471910/

COMING UP IN APRIL

1 April || Ladyfest East London @ Electricity Showrooms, N1 6NN. Bands TBA, zines and workshops.
MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/pages/LadyfestEASTLondon/175291439245332

28 April || STAV’Bs East London Fawcett Fundraiser From 6.30pm til late @ The Dalston Emporium, E8 2PB. Stav B’s liquor bar is delighted to announce the second installment ELF fundraiser aiming to increase awareness within gender equality and raising money for women’s charities. Donation starting from £3. tailor made cocktails, music, performances and other treats, screenings, hair salon/ cuts and styles
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/347987135242162/

COMING UP IN MAY 2012

3-5 May || Her Noise Archive Symposium @ Tate Modern A three day event investigating feminist discourses in sound, launching with a performance and talk by Pauline Oliveros.The event marks the donation of the Her Noise Archive to University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections housed at London College of Communication, and is realised as a collaboration between CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice), Electra and Tate. INFO:http://www.furtherfield.org/netbehaviour/soundgenderfeminismactivism-call-contributions

Over and Out,

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

WoW Festival 2012 | TWEET MEET

WoW Festival 2012 | TWEET MEET

Thursday 23rd of February | 7.00pm-9.00pm @ Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Women of the World Festival 2012 runs 8-11 March so we thought this would be a great opportunity for all the twitter enthusiasts planning to attend to meet up and chat, network and have a few drinks! Find out how you can get involved and spread the word

All you have to do is reserve your FREE place via the Eventbrite website: http://wow2012tweetmeet.eventbrite.com/

FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/155084251275350/

WOW Festival 2012http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/wow