A guide to what’s happening in Manchester
As the home of the Suffragette movement, Manchester is once again embracing with gusto International Women’s Day (IWD) – Saturday 8th March 2014.
This year the international theme is Inspiring Change.
What’s happening for IWD in Manchester?
Well firstly replace ‘day’ with ‘month’ as there is lots going on the run up to and after the big day.
To help you plan you celebration of feminine fabulousness, we thought a round up of what’s on might be useful. Please do leave a comment in the box below if we’ve missed anything out.
Whatever you do and where ever you do it, don’t forget to remember the brave and strong women that have gone before us.
Those who paved our way and opened the door. Without them we wouldn’t have the opportunities we have today.
Remember too those women in other countries who are oppressed, stifled, terrorised and don’t have the opportunity to reach their full potential. And remember the women in our own country and our own city who are struggling.
Have a look at the events below, get involved, see how you can help and continue the tradition of awesome Manchester Women!
Manchester City Council
Manchester City Council hosts the IWD Steering Group. This year the Steering Group has agreed a theme of Women as Peacemakers.
With the 100th anniversary of the start of the 1st World war, IWD 2014 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the role that women have played and continue to play in conflict resolution and peace building.
As part of the IWD celebrations, Manchester City Council will host the 2nd Manchester International Women’s Day Awards on Friday 7th March 2014.
This event recognises unsung women who make an important contribution in the city and provides role models for Manchester’s women and girls.
For a comprehensive list of community events and guided walks compiled by Manchester City Council – click here
We are Warp and Weft – Stature Exhibition
24th February – 9th March 2014
Ground Floor, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square.
Of the 640 listed statues in the UK, only 15% are of women and most of those are statues of monarchs or mythological characters.
Apart from Queen Victoria’s statue, Manchester’s municipal statues still only celebrate the achievement of historical men.
Eight women from Greater Manchester with diverse backgrounds and achievements have been chosen – all of whom deserve recognition.
Check out the crocheted masks on the ground floor of Manchester Town Hall and learn about some amazing local women.
For more information visit wearewarpandweft.com
Imperial War Museum North
IWM North, Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park, M17 1TZ
A Closer Look: International Women’s Day
1st – 31st March, 3.30pm Daily
Discover the personal stories of inspirational women in a 20 minute walk and talk around IWM North. Explore the roles of women during times of conflict and peace keeping, from the Women’s International League in the First World War, to peaceful protesters at Greenham Common.
Nancy’s Land Army Adventure
Every Sunday in March, 1pm
Meet Nancy and hear her tales of life in the Land Army in the Second World War. Learn about her experiences away from home and making new friends. In this interactive family friendly session visitors can choose what happens, and so each story telling session will be different.
Open Studio: International Women’s Day
Saturday 8th March, 11am – 12.30pm and 2 – 3.30pm
Sunday 9th March, 11am – 12.30pm and 2 – 3.30pm
For more information visit iwm.org.uk
Manchester Guided Walking Tours
Woman who made Manchester guided walk
Friday 7th March 1pm – 3.30pm
People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER
Hear the stories of Manchester women whose influence past and present has make the city great.
Girl Power – Manchester Style
Saturday 8th March, 11.30am
Meet at the Manchester Visitor Information Centre
Manchester women have not always conformed to societies ideal!
For more information visit manchesterguidedtours.com
One Day After Peace – film screening and Q&A
Saturday 8th March, 7.30pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, M2 1NL
Manchester’s first event screening of the multi-award winning documentary One Day After Peace – followed by a Q&A with the film’s lead, Robi Damelin.
For more information visit onedayafterpeace.com
Wonder Women – Radical Manchester
The list of arts events cited as part of the month long Wonder Women – Radical Manchester 2014 celebration is comprehensive to say the least.
From gender swapping, time travelling Orlando at the Royal Exchange to Joana Vasconcelos’ Time Machine Exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery and Vanishing for the Vote at The People’s History Museum (where women refused to be recorded in the 1911 census) the offering is massive.
Creative Tourist have produced a really good overview of events on throughout the month. Hat’s off to them for some serious collating!
For more information visit creativetourist.com/wonderwomen2014
Three Minute Theatre
As usual 3MT – the little theatre on the ground floor of Afflecks Palace, will be celebrating women in theatre with a jam packed week of performances.
Pulse Productions Presents: Wednesday 5th – Thursday 6th March
Pulse Productions Presents New 3, 6 and 9 minute plays by female writers.
For Books’ Sake – ‘Women of Peace’: Saturday 8th March 1pm – 4pm
Women of Peace will feature local women using fiction and non-fiction readings to extol women’s often ignored role as peacemakers.
Women In Performance – Saturday 8th March, 7.30pm
A festival celebrating women in the discipline of performance art.
For more information visit threeminutetheatre.co.uk
Manchester City Football Club
This year MCFC are sponsoring the Manchester International Women’s Day Awards at the Town Hall.
As part of this sponsorship, the Club are offering the chance for female footballers aged 16-18 to win a pair of tickets to attend the awards ceremony on Friday 7th March.
MCFC will also back a prize for ‘Women in Sport and Leisure’, which will be awarded to an individual who has excelled in the field of sports or sports promotion, community-based leisure or parks.
For more information visit mcfc.co.uk
Forever Manchester will be holding an International Women’s Day Dinner and Networking Event on Wednesday 12th March at Olive Restaurant. For more information visit forevermanchester.com
Manchester Craft and Design Centre
Tessellate is an event designed for International Women’s Day. The community group ArtAnon will be presenting an exciting origami display created by the public, at Manchester Craft and Design Centre on Saturday 8th March, 6pm – 9pm.
For more information visit craftanddesign.com
Red Flag Walks
Find out more about Manchester’s campaigning past with historical Red Flag Walks as part of the month long Wonder Woman Festival.
Manchester First in the Fight. Votes for Women 1866-1928
Sunday 16th March, 11am – meet at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street
There is no such city as Manchester. Manchester in Fiction
Saturday 22 March, 11am – meet at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street
Sunday 23 March, 11am – meet outside Black Lion pub
Sunday 30 March, 11am – meet at Town Hall steps, Market Square.
For more information visit redflagwalks.com/
What have we missed?
There will, without a shadow of a doubt be more events and celebrations going on in Manchester for International Women’s Day. If you’ve got an event you’d like to share, please leave a comment in the box below and tell us all about it.
I feel really lucky to be a woman in Manchester – March 8th 2014 is our time to celebrate!
Alison x (your 4Manchester Women Editor)
Photographs: IWD, Manchester City Council, Warp & Weft, Alison Staples, One Day After Peace, Three Minute Theatre, Wonder Women – Radical Manchester, Red Flag Walks