Save the date: 7th of March 2020, International Women's Day.

Join us at City Hall on Saturday 7th March 2020 to celebrate with thousands of women from across Bristol. As usual, you can expect a day packed with performances, activities, discussions and workshops brought to you by many fantastic organisations. Let’s come together to celebrate, learn and inspire each other!

It’s completely *free* to attend and features 50 free events, including:

  • Who will be Bristol’s Mayor in 2020? This year we are very excited to be hosting a Mayoral Question Time session at our IWD event – an opportunity for everyone to question the 2020 Mayoral candidates on issues of importance to women.
  • The Women’s Adventure Expo ( – the UK’s first travel and adventure expo dedicated to women will be programming a room for the day with stories, films and workshops featuring inspiring women and discussions on topics such as nurturing an adventurous spirit, adventures large and small, and periods and physical activity.
  • Self-defense and women’s safety classes all day long with Imogen Thomas from Sister Courage and Krav Maga with Jess Hunter.
  • Artist Kirstie Macleod ( will be bringing her award-winning installation The Red Dress to IWD. This 10-year project, which has been exhibited worldwide, has seen 150 women from 26 different countries embroider on one dress. Before it finishes it’s journey in the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City, Kirstie and the Bristol Embroiderer’s Guild will be helping the women of Bristol to embroider on it throughout the day. Come and be part of this extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
  • The Real Photography Company cyanotype photography workshops.
  • Letters from Bristol to Afghanistan – Afghan Aid will be working with us to have conversations with women from a remote village in northern Afghanistan as they hold their IWD events the day before and after ours. Come and have your photo taken and take part in this amazing long distance chat.
  • Panel discussions and workshops on herbs for women’s health, body image, women in business, the menopause, working in the arts, maternity rights, happiness in work.
  • The Eco Chamber – a day-long program of talks and activities around the environment and how women can impact it, with contributors including Extinction Rebellion, Greenpeace, Bristol Youth Strike and Natalie Fee.
  • Singing workshop with Charmaine Kim Samuels of The Kingdom Choir, ‘celebrating our female body’ drama workshop with Breathing Fire – and a room dedicated to the stories and philosophy of The Dark Feminine programmed by philosopher Kimberly Rogers.
  • Come and find out more about the amazing work of the City Listening Project, and join in with bunting-making and recording your story.
  • Plus there will be live music, talks and stalls.

Also don’t forget:

  • A free crèche is available in first come, first served two-hour slots throughout the day
  • Translation services – if you or your group require a free language or BSL translator email us to find out more

Finally, we can’t put this event together without our amazing VOLUNTEERS! If you would like to make new friends, be part of something really special and have a warm fuzzy feeling for the rest of the weekend please email to find out more.

*The International Women’s Day celebration in Bristol can only happen with your support. If you can, we ask that you please help us to stage this year’s and future years events by donating on the day. Thank you!!

    Previous IWD Programmes:

2019 IWD Programme

2018 IWD Programme

2017 IWD Programme

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