International Women’s Day 2017 in Manchester

Image credit: Girl Gang Manchester, Megan Marie Griffith.

International Women’s Day is Wednesday 8 March 2017; a collective day of celebration for the achievements of women world wide and a chance to highlight the call for gender parity.  The theme for Manchester’s International Women’s Day 2017 is Our Manchester Women, and we are super excited to hear that this will be marked with the first city wide festival in Manchester.

As part of the festival there are a host of fantastic events across Greater Manchester to get involved with. This is the perfect chance to make a difference and celebrate with friends.

Experience the most cutting edge feminist theatre and performance. Dolly Mixtures at the Royal Exchange on Friday 3 March brings together poetry, dance, theatrical performance, cabaret and much more from eight up and coming female performers. Performances start at 7.30pm, donations welcome.

Get your day off to the perfect start with a gentle bike ride down the traffic-free Fallowfield Loop and along Manchester’s first cycle superhighway. Hop on your bike and join the Danish style bike ride finishing with pastries and coffee inside the beautiful Whitworth gallery, to celebrate safer cycling in Manchester. Wednesday 8 March 2017, 8am – 10am. Starting point St Werburgh’s Road tram stop. Free.

Join Girl Gang Manchester for Bridesmaids at Wonder Women 2017 for a screening of the hit female comedy and a host of fun drop in workshops and activities. Including cake tasting and decorating, a table tennis tournament, bouquet making, cartoonist booth, hair and nail bars with charity donations and dress up photo booth including Bridesmaid dresses, veils and props. Expect interactivity, sisterhood and lots of surprises through-out the night. Saturday 11 March 5pm – 11.55pm. Tickets £15 (book in advance.)

Have your say and join in the What Works for Women: DivaManc Workshop at Manchester Central Library. A chance to discuss how to make our public services, workplaces, transport, housing, education, communities and democratic system ‘Work Well for Women.’ Friday 10 March,
10am – 12pm.

Don’t miss your chance to see work from Manchester Stitch Collective at The Wonder Inn, celebrating women’s rights using embroidery – with a twist. Their work covers a range of disciplines and techniques, from fabric manipulation to body painting, and uses unusual materials such as human hair and rubber. Monday 14 March – Sunday 20 March, free.

Find out more about events happening across Manchester for International Woman’s Day here.

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