Saturday March 4
Join Krav Maga Worldwide Bristol for an afternoon (12-3pm) of street-wise self-defence and confidence building in a fun, positive environment! You’ll learn effective strikes, techniques against common attacks, and even non-physical techniques to ward off aggressive threats! This seminar is open to the public and suitable for all abilities, fitness, and experience levels so bring your friends and reserve your spot today! Cis and transwomen, and non-binary individuals are welcome, ages 13+. This is happening at Fitness4Less, 29 Union Street. Tickets are £30, or £20 if you’re a student and can be bought here, or on the door.
A selection of spoken word and short films, which explore the impact of war on women, bringing an awareness of trauma through traditional storytelling. The project was developed in partnership with Rissa Mohabir (Producer/Writer Trauma Awareness ) and Refugee Women of Bristol, as well as an individual group of Somali women.
A Life Journey – The Impact of War on Women begins with an evocative and vivid account of what happens to Somalii women as mothers in Soft Heart, We don’t like Violence (spoken word) and Under the Shade of the Tree (art video). The story is picked up by our Disabled Refugee Women’s group on the consequence of injury from conflict in their original country. We are raising awareness of a glaring omission in the refugee narrative “Nobody ever asks” (short film) with a moving personal account from one of the disabled women. The final stage of the journey addresses a current issue of isolation and discrimination with an animation Empty Seat on the Bus. We end this event with our drummers from Refugee Women of Bristol reminding us of the power of healing stories through song.
This event is part of Bristol Women’s Voice IWD event at the M Shed and runs 3 to 4:30pm and is free, but ticketed. Suitable for ages 12+.
Tuesday March 7
Leading us without any irony into International Women’s Day 2017 is a feminist informed panel and audience discussion on the recent contemporary resurgence of popular attention to men and masculinity. We will be using academic theory and practical experiences to shed light on some of the current questions, challenges and backlash to equality movements, to men’s roles within them and indeed within society as a whole. Are men now the only group it is legal to discriminate against? Some commentators, politicians and groups say that today many adverts and media treat men and masculinity as a joke, at a time when men face growing unemployment, a changing and uncertain economic future, isolating health problems and increased risk of suicide, violent crime and imprisonment. Meanwhile, academics talk about such things as the ‘prison’ of gender stereotypes and ‘toxic masculinity’ but can men be blamed for these things? Are we still facing a so-called ‘crisis of masculinity’ or is masculinity itself a crisis? The event is free but ticketed and is at The Watershed, between 6:30 and 8:30pm.
Wednesday March 8
Chalking and Singing
This informal event is about group singing (song sheets provided) and chalking the streets with messages of protest and solidarity. If it’s dry, you’ll find people by the fountains, opposite the Hippodrome, and near the Tourist Information Office if it’s wet, between 2 and 3:30pm. Then the festivities will move to Wetherspoons on Corn Street between 4 and 4:30pm. For more information, contact Julie at 07791867512 or Dawn at 07928452570.
Ever wondered what its like to work in the arts? Come and meet Bristol’s top female arts leaders and discover more about working in film, theatre, performance, art and digital media. The event offers the chance for participants to meet up to four inspirational women in the arts. Sign up for four free 15-minute mentoring sessions during a one-hour session. This event is for girls and young women to hear from amazing women who are breaking down job gender stereotypes through diverse career paths and their aspirations for the future. The event is at St George’s, from 2pm – 5:30pm. It’s free, but you need to register.
WILPF will have a stall in Woodland Road in the University of Bristol campus to mark 2017’s International Women’s Day. We hope to talk with passers-by about rape culture and the pressures put on young women by society. We will also invite students to share their experiences and thoughts on rape culture to spark much needed reflection and discussion. More details TBA soon.
This event is part of BCfm Radio’s 10th birthday celebrations, celebrating a decade of double Sony Gold Award winners, BCfm Radio, and our city’s diverse culture. The title of the discussion is “Women in Media: Separate or Integrate?”. It’s 2017 – do we still need single-gendered, female-focused broadcasting to promote equality or should we be working 50/50 alongside each other? Join BCfm Radio for a panel discussion with Bristol based broadcasters on the representation of women in the media, followed by live stand up comedy. Doors open at 6pm, ticket includes BBQ food! (Until supplies are gone). Please note, this is an International Women’s Day event, however, we wish to include all genders in this discussion, which will be followed by a Q+A. This event is physically happening at Planet Venus on Gloucester Road and will be broadcast live on BCfm 93.2fm.
The Bristol Museum & Art Gallery presents an informal night of celebrating amazing women travellers including Elizabeth Fox Tuckett, Ellen Tanner and Adela Breton. This is the perfect opportunity to mingle, meet others and be inspired by the adventures of Victorian women travellers. There will be opportunities to see original objects and talk to our team of curators and experts. Event runs 6:30-8:30pm. Tickets available on the page; £10 or £8 concession. Ticket includes a glass of wine and exclusive viewings of the Adela Breton exhibition and Egypt Gallery.
Bristol author and performer Wendy Buonaventura will be speaking at 7pm at Junction 3 Library on Lower Ashley Road. Her work explores cultural myths about women, focussing particularly on the role of dance as a means of self-expression and liberation. She will be discussing her books “Serpent of the Nile” and “I Put a Spell on You: Dancing Women from Salome to Madonna” as well as her experiences as a dance performer. The event is free but ticketed.
East and West, ancient and modern, the spirit of Dobrinka Tabakova’s music pivots between worlds, conjuring sensuous and radiant sonorities that enchant listeners on their very first hearing. Drawing on pieces from her Grammy nominated ECM album String Paths, an ensemble of top flight musicians and friends take to the stage for a performance that promises to take your breath away. The concert is at St George’s and starts at 7:30pm with a 6:15pm pre-concert talk about this evening’s music and the creative process behind it. Tickets cost £15, £10, £5 Students/U18s (limited availability) plus fees, and the talk is free to ticket holders. Click here to book.
Thursday March 9
As a women’s network, HealthTech Women UK truly value the importance of coming together and supporting one another to achieve our goals in work and in life. Independent coach and change consultant, Nicola Waterworth, will lead this fun and informative session that will combine food for thought with hands-on, practical tools to help us reflect on how we as individuals collaborate and where we can work together more effectively. Nicola will be joined by speakers from NHS Digital, healthtech startups and suppliers, and collaboration tool designers to discuss how we can come together to make change happen. The event runs 6-9pm and is at The Oak Tree, Desklodge Bristol. The event is free, but due to limited capacity, purchase of a £5 ticket price is required, to be refunded on attendance.
International Women’s Day with the Military Wives Choir
Join The Association of Women in Property at Burges Salmon LLP, One Glass Wharf at 6pm to celebrate International Women’s Day with the Military Wives Choir, fresh from the success of their latest Christmas album! Our evening will start with a welcome drink and networking, continue with a buffet supper and finish off with a set from the Military Wives Choir (Bristol), who will share some of their own stories as well as sing a variety of popular hits. Tickets cost £20 for members, £35 for non-members and can be obtained by returning the slip on this flyer.
Friday March 10
Find It Film’s launch event in Bristol is happening at The Arnolfini at 7pm. Triathlon legend, Chrissie Wellington MBE, will be open the event and speak briefly about her involvement in our headline film Impossible. Find It Film shares inspiring stories about women and girls who are giving their all in sport and adventure – from high flying Olympians and intrepid adventurers to uplifting tales from the grass roots of sport. We’re curating great films, making our own and we’re planning to reach wide and diverse audiences nationwide through ticketed events, schools screenings and collaborations with existing festivals. Tickets can be found here and cost £12 or £9 for concessions.
Saturday March 11
The Attic Bar plays host to an International Women’s Day Gig full of different genres of music including Hip hop, Ska, Grime and an eclectic DJ that will keep you dancin’ till they boot us out. There are many talented women at the helm of this event including headliner Makala Cheung, Muff Said and DJ Tina Hart. Tickets are £3 on the door and the evening starts at 9pm.
Putting the ART back into PARTY, Old Market Assembly is hosting ‘READ MY LIPS‘, a night to celebrate women in honour of International Women’s Day. We’ll have a full takeover of the Old Market Assembly space, with a stellar line up of DJs and caberet acts such as ISADORA VIBES, ElectroNic (DTYM, DADA for Girls), Rachael (Keep it cute/ Dalston Superstore) and more! Event starts at 9pm.