1st – 31st March
International Women’s Day event
To celebrate Women’s History Month in March, and International Women’s Day in particular (8th March), there are a whole host of exciting events going on in the borough of Tower Hamlets to celebrate the creative arts, activism by women and the activities of community organisations. From exhibitions by female artists, gallery arts activities and guided women’s history walks around your area, there is something for everyone (including men!). Take a look at our hot tips below and download the full listings at the bottom of this page.
Connecting Cultures with the ‘A’ Team Arts
A jam packed programme of arts activities and stalls including brooch making, banner making, music, rap and spoken word followed by a showcase event with drama, dance and songs and speakers from a variety of professions.
Brady Arts Centre 192-196 Hanbury Street E1 5HU Whitechapel tube
Saturday 9 March 2pm-6pm FREE Open to young women aged 13-19.
Getting Somalia Wrong
Renowned BBC World Service Journalist and a passionate writer about African affairs Mary Harper, will be coming into the Idea Store to share her experiences of Somalia and talk about her new book Getting Somalia Wrong: Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State, published by Zed Books. She has also contributed to publications such as The Economist, Granta, The Guardian, The Times and The Washington Post.
Idea Store Whitechapel 321 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BU Whitechapel tube
Saturday 9 March 1pm-2.30pm FREE
History and Herstory – two sides to every story.
Whether it’s the Beatles’ Love Me Do, Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, The Vaccine’s If You Wanna or many others there are few pieces of art that women have not played a part in, either by creating, inspiring, or consuming. This evening gives you the chance to enjoy some of them.
Drink Shop Do 9 Caledonian Road N1 9DX Kings Cross/St Pancras tube http://bookedlitevents.wordpress.com
Sunday 10 March 6.30pm £5 admission
Women of Bow – Special Walk & Talk.
Meet at the Gallery Café at 1.45pm prompt.
Gary Haines author of Britain in Old Photographs: Bow and Bromley-by-Bow will lead a history walk around the neighbourhood with special attention to the lives and great deeds of women such as Sylvia Pankhurst, Edith Cavell and Minnie Lansbury all of whom were connected with the area. This walk co-incides with the Nunnery Gallery & Carmelite Café’s exhibition called ‘Strike’ inspired by the Matchgirls protest led by Annie Besant at the Bryant & May Factory in Bow. The walk will end at the exhibition where there will be a chance to see the work. Please wear comfortable shoes & bring a waterproof.
Nunnery Gallery 181 Bow Road E3 2SJ Bow Road tube/Bow Church DLR
Saturday 16 March 2pm-3.30pm £5