DIVA’s top picks for celebrating #IWD2020

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY WOW FESTIVAL

International Women’s Day 2020 is officially upon us! On the 8 March 2020, women across the globe will celebrate the amazing social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women of all shapes, sizes, colours and creeds. 

So what can you do to celebrate International Women’s Day? (Yeah, you) Are there any events happening that you can get along to? Not sure? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve round up just a handful of the many, many great events happening in the capital, up and down the country, and online just to get you started… You’re welcome 😘

Podcast your life: Anthems Podcast

Anthems is a brand new podcast series that has launched just in time for International Women’s Day. The podcast is a bold collection of 31 highly-produced, original manifestos, speeches, stories, poems and rallying cries written and voiced by exceptional women across Britain (including Ruby Tandoh, Bernadine Everisto and Leah Davis, to name drop just a few). Anthems will be released each day during the month of March, with each five-minute episode is a beautiful and immersive audio piece that the listener can return to and feel uplifted, inspired and ultimately not alone.

See an exhibition: From A Whisper To A Roar

Brought to you by the lovely lot at Opening Doors London, From A Whisper To A Roar traces the history and development of the modern LGBTQI+ movement through the voices of the women who’ve lived it during the last 50 years. The unique and powerful testimony of older lesbian, bisexual and trans women who’ve lived through this tumultuous period in our history is vividly portrayed as they speak about their lives, loves and extraordinary activism. The exhibition will run for a limited period over the weekend of 7-8 March 2020 in London – but there is a podcast released as part of the project if you can’t make the event itself. For more, click here.

Head to a festival: Women Of The World Festival

For its 10th anniversary, WOW Festival will welcome headline speakers Shazia Mirza, Scarlett Curtis, Sandi Toksvig, Elif Shafak, Julia Gillard and Caroline Criado Perez – this year’s event is their biggest and bravest festival yet. Over three days (6-8 March 2020), WOW’s line-up of world-class speakers, activists and performers will be joined by thousands on London’s Southbank to explore the state of gender equality across the globe, with the aim of tackling some of the subjects that matter most to women and girls across the world today.  If you want to check out what specific queer events they have on offer over the weekend, we have just the thing for you right here!

Queers for your ears: BBC Radio 6 Music Festival

BBC Radio 6 has curated a special all-female line-up just for International Women’s Day. The Sunday leg of the festival, taking place at the Roundhouse, London, will boast an-female bill that includes some exciting and influential names including Kim Gordon, Kate Tempest (swoon) and Anna Meredith. Don’t miss it, Camden.

Another festival, just in case: Arab Women Artists Now Festival

Arab Women Artists Now 2020 is a showcase of Arab Women artists. It features a rich programme of art, music, theatre, comedy, spoken word, panel discussions and workshops by contemporary Arab women artists – to break boundaries and to create networks. This year sees the festival celebrate its sixth year and it coincides with International Women’s Day during its run from 5-29 March 2020 at venues across London including Rich Mix, The Arab British Centre, The Book Club and Queen Of Hoxton. 

For the creatives: Women’s Writes Festival

Women’s Writes is a festival of new writing showcasing female voices taking place at The Arcola Theatre on International Women’s Day. The aim of the event is to promote female-identifying playwrights and stories with female driven narrative. Prepare to see six short plays about complex, intricate female characters who don’t stick to any of those boring archetypal forms. This is all about women who are intelligent, courageous, fallible and complex.

Hit the lez/bi lit: In At The Deep End

Celebrating International Women’s Day doesn’t have to involve big political statements, or even leaving the house… You can do it in your own way just by celebrating the wonderful art that is on offer from the great female’s out there. Trust us, there’s plenty. Maybe grab a book by your favourite queer female author? Some recommendations are: In At The Deep End by Kate Davies or a classic like Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson.

Or why not celebrate women in film and watch a flick from a female director. Greta Gerwig deserves to be celebrated all year round but Lady Bird and Little Women are a great place to start on your feminist film journey. Also, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire is in cinemas now, it’s directed by queer powerhouse, Céline Sciamma, and it’s 💯. Just saying.

Host your own IWD celebration!

Do something kind for the women you love this International Women’s Day, whether that’s you, your next door neighbour Susan, or your lady lover. It’s a day to treat the women in your life and show them how much you appreciate their femmetastic power.

Prefer to stay home? You got it. Bask in your brilliance, absolutely go for it. Just make sure you fully commit to making the day about Y-O-U and celebrate yourself and your womanhood in all its glory.

Of course, that should be a given on any day of the year, but 8 March is the day to go extra hard.

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