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For over 100 years, countries around the world have dedicated 8th March to recognising the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. And International Women's Day is far from being a redundant concept: according to estimates by the World Economic Forum, it'll take until 2186 until global economic gender equality becomes a reality. So until then, it seems only right to really go to town to celebrate women of the world and inspire hope for the future – which is exactly what SheFest is doing.
For the third year running, SheFest is hosting a weeklong International Women's Day "fringe" in Sheffield, with an incredible, mostly free programme of discussions, workshops and shows on a hugely varied range of subjects – some of which are open to self-identifying women, some of which are open to kids, and most of which are open to all.
There are tons of opportunities to come together and have fun throughout the week – whether at a social life drawing class at Union St, a women's history walking tour, or an evening dedicated to solidarity between women in response to #MeToo. There'll be chance to enjoy films and performances by and about women – like Venus, a documentary about female sexuality and desire; drag king cabaret night The Kingdom Come; spoken word night Verse Matters, dedicated to marginalised voices; and Theatre Deli shows Wild Woman and Motherlogues. Exhibitions include Fighting Talk at 35 Chapel Walk in the days running up to SheFest, looking at the inequalities that people are fighting against around the world in 2018, and Black Glamour, an evening exploring identity and self-esteem amongst local women of colour in Trippets Lounge Bar. Meanwhile there'll be chance to get physical at an athletics session or a bike ride round places that are interesting or historically significant to the women's movement.
On top of all that, there'll be workshops on everything from coding to comedy, and talks on topics including sexual violence in universities, the experiences of women working in STEM, and social enterprise – as well as a series of lectures from academics, sharing their research into issues surrounding gender and women.
The main event is on 10 March, when SheFast Saturday takes over Tudor Square from midday to 5pm. There'll be an eclectic lineup of performances throughout the afternoon, from samba to dancing to African drumming, as well as She Choir from across the Pennines in Manchester. Indoors, there'll be a bunch of creative activities on offer to keep kids entertained in the Winter Garden. Meanwhile a range of workshops at Millennium Gallery and the Crucible Theatre will offer visitors chance to learn more about issues like deaf awareness, conflict resolution, sexual harassment, period poverty and finance, or to have a go at poetry, yoga, Thai boxing, and more. Workshops are free but advance booking is recommended.
The brilliant, inspiring and fun week all rounds off on Sunday 11th with a closing party at Foodhall.
See the full SheFest programme.