Special Events

Audre Lorde, tHE bERLIN yEARS 

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Amazing, and testament to her awesome power that everyone I spoke to afterwards felt inspired in to be bolder and more ambitious in their own work and activism, and buzzing with ideas about things they wanted to do next.”- Peter J. Piercy (after Fringe! Festival in London)

We are delighted to announce that we will be screening Audre Lorde, The Berlin Years at the conference. The film will be presented by its director, Dr Dagmar Schultz who will also be part of special panel on Audre Lorde and the Afro German Feminist Movement convened by Dr Stella Bolaki. For more information, please follow the link 

LASHINGS OF GINGER BEER TIME

LashingsWe are delighted to announce that Lashings of Ginger Beer Time will be performing at our event. Lashings of Ginger Beer Time are a Queer Feminist Burlesque Collective. They are all writers, performers, and directors. This means that their performances are as diverse as their members, with song, dance, comedy, poetry, and more besides. Lashings’ diversity also allows them to take in a wide variety of queer feminist perspectives – they are kinky and vanilla, monogamous and polyamorous, transgender and cisgender, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, and straight. In their own words: “We are students, we are professionals, we are activists”. Combining songs, dancing, stand-up and sketches, luxe Victoriana drag with thigh-high fetish-boots, upbeat musical theatre optimism with 21st-century political rage, they provide music hall for the internet age. Going back to the politically-charged roots of Burlesque, Lashings of Ginger Beer aim to provide titillation for the brain by entertaining and challenging audiences in equal measure.

MUSIC AND LIBERATION

We are delighted to announce that Dr Debi Withers will be bringing her high acclaimed exhibition ‘Music and Liberation’ to the conference. Music and Liberation is currently touring the UK and is an exhibition about music and activism in the UK women’s liberation movement 1970-1989.  The exhibition focuses on how feminists used music as an activist tool to entertain and empower women during the 1970s and 1980s. It brings together for the first time a diverse collection of women’s cultural heritage to inspire and inform contemporary audiences about the politics of music making. For information on this exciting project, please follow the link.

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