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International Women’s Day at Brighton Dome

On Sat 9 March, you’re invited to join Brighton Women’s Centre at Brighton Dome for their annual International Women’s Day Celebration. This all-day, free event will celebrate women’s achievements with inspiring speakers, activists and innovators, workshops, art, crafts, campaigns and fun for all the family. 

Highlights of the day include Sing Your Heart Out in the Concert Hall, where Aneesa Chaudhry leads her hugely popular singing workshop. Also in this space is an introduction to Bollywood dance, with four dance routines performed to different types of modern Bollywood music by the Hangleton and Knoll Multi Cultural Women’s Group. 

The Founders Room East will host ‘Empower Yourself Through the Menopause’ – an informative session which aims to empower women who are, or suspect they may be, experiencing peri or menopause symptoms. There’ll also be a talk from BWC Director, Lisa Dando, who’ll be highlighting the important work her organisation does.

In Founders Room West, Maggie Gordon-Walker will be talking about her ongoing Parliament petition and Universal Credit campaign, with contributions from mothers affected by the issue. Later on, Meral Alizada will be discussing female power and the potential in curating the future of workplaces which are led by a philosophy of kindness, empathy and positive management.

Up on the Mezzanine, Brenda Pollack will be hosting Prioritising Your Mental Wellbeing –  a talk about why good mental health is important and what steps you can take to help yourself and others. This is followed by Taking a Stand: Reading & Delivering Feminist Poetry, an informative discussion on how to speak publicly in an expressive way, from award-winning poet and performer Tessa Foley. Later on, there’s speed mentoring from The Girls’ Network, offering young women career advice and chance to meet inspiring professionals.

Next door, in the newly-refurbished Corn Exchange, the day starts positively with Soulshine Dance. Through inspirational music, movement and meditation/mindfulness you can connect to feel-good energies within your body, mind, heart and soul and share them with others. The mid-morning gets lifted with the We Bop Choir, who’ll perform an uplifting set of a cappella pop and soul covers in glorious 4-part harmony. Later on is a Palestinian Folk Step Dance, where traditional Dabke will combine circle dance and line dancing. Taking everyone into lunchtime is the Lewes Sing Space Musical Theatre Choir, where a  group of 30 men and women will be performing well known empowering songs from musicals, followed by a showcase of young musicians from AudioActive, including Lori Asha, Bessy Again, Shifa and Amy Whitehall-Sands.

In the Studio Theatre, AudioActive will be holding an all-day Music Making Taster Session, with facilitators from AudioActive’s singing/well-being project ‘Vocalise’ and the female led music technology project ‘Equaliser’ will present a taster session in music making for young people. Soul Circus will be sharing the ancient story of The Bone Woman, sometimes known as La Loba (wolf woman). You’re invited to practise some Kundalini Yoga and Meditation before lying down 

Over in the main foyer, there’s a wealth of drop-in activities, with no pre-booking required. These include Clay Wild Studio, Zena Jewellery Making, an unforgettable feminist origami making experience with Femigami and learning about Chinese art and calligraphy posters with Plum Blossoms

There’s also an all-day children’s area, Chill Out Zone and Cultural Sharing area. This safe and inclusive space is open to everyone in the local community, although restrictions apply for some workshops. If you wish to attend talks or workshops, then sign up with a volunteer outside the room where the workshop or talk will be held. Workshops are being offered on a pay as you feel basis, with the suggested donation of £5 going towards Brighton Women’s Centre’s work supporting vulnerable women.

For more information, please visit: www.brightoninternationalwomensday.org 

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