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Celebrating international Women’s Day in London

3 March 2018

International Women’s Day is an annual event on the 8th of March celebrating the achievements of women globally and continuing the call for equality. The day is always marked with an extravaganza of events and this year is set to be bigger than ever as Britain celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the first women to be given the vote. However you decide to get involved in International Women’s Day, this year the city is packed full of spectacular rallies, talks and performances celebrating women’s work, stories and history.

Performance

That’s What She Said is a monthly new writing night showcasing female artists. Normally housed at the Shoreditch book club, the night is moving to the Royal Albert Hall for a one off IWD special, sure to be as fierce, surprising and unmissable as ever, featuring some of the most exciting poets, performers and authors in the UK. The event comes as part of the Women and the Hall season curated by the Royal Albert Hall celebrating the women who helped make the venue what it is today and giving a platform to the female artists shaping our future.
 
That’s What She Said is at the Royal Albert Hall on 7 March. Tickets are £11.
 

Film

Director Chloe Zhao

Genesis cinema in association with Bird’s Eye View and Playback Festival are hosting an International Women’s Day takeover on 8 March. Kicking off with themed cocktails, the night features a free protest workshop with artist Ruby Wright and culminates in a preview screening of Chloé Zhao’s much anticipated film The Rider. The film isn’t due to be released until September 2018 so this is a great opportunity to get a sneak peak before the rest of the UK!
 
International Women’s Day takeover is at The Genesis Cinema on 8 March. Tickets £8.50
 
 
Art

Selfportrait by Angelica Kauffman, founder of the Royal Academy. Published by Heinrich Sintzenich, May 1783.

The Royal Academy are offering free one hour guided tours of the museum with an emphasis on female artists and the women past and present who have helped build the institution. The tours are all from 12-1pm but if you’re not free at lunch time they still have an incredible programme of International Women’s Day discussions and events you can catch, including a concert in association with the Royal College of Music featuring a piece inspired by female artists.
 
The Royal Academy tours are on 1-3 and 8-10 March. FREE no booking required
 
Festivals

 
The Women of the World festival, in its 8th year at Southbank Centre, is a staple of International Women’s Day in the city. The blistering three day event packed full of panels, performances and gigs is always a kaleidoscopic offering and this year's lineup doesn’t disappoint. Topics for talks and discussions include international activism, online abuse, education, shame and finances - the list is endless. Alongside the talks there are plays, choirs and poetry readings all celebrating and encouraging female voices. The festival sets out to find solutions to the challenges women face today and map out what the future looks like for women and girls in London and across the world.
 
The Women of the World Festival is at The Southbank Centre 9-11 March. Tickets are £30 for day passes and £80 for the weekend

March4Women

 
Care International are inviting everyone to join them in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 4 March for International Women’s Day. Promising to be the ‘biggest, noisiest and most celebratory’ #March4Women yet, join hands in London’s Capital to stand up for equal rights. The march will be followed by a rally in the square with live music, poetry and speeches.
 
March4Women on 4 March 12-3pm at Trafalgar Square
 
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