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thisgirlcan.jpg Attention Women of Tyneside

The Women of Tyneside Festival launches on International Women’s Day (Friday 8 March, fact fans) and it features a uniquely programmed series of events running right through until June.

The Women of Tyneside project has been two years in the making with the purpose being to explore the collections across Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums to highlight and discuss important issues for women and girls today. Diverse groups of women and girls from across Tyneside have been invited to respond to objects relating to topics such as activism, health and wellbeing, opportunities and aspirations, female relationships and power and influence, in order to give museum collections new meanings. The project is culminating in a festival which will include exhibitions, discussions, music, dance and theatre performances as well as film screenings, café encounters, guided walks, arts and crafts and much more.

There is simply far too much going on for us to cover it all here but it would be remiss of us not to point you in the direction of some of the really good stuff coming up. Such as the ‘Barby Asante: Declaration of Independence’ exhibition at BALTIC. Asante’s projects are centred on research and togetherness which help us think about contemporary geographies, race, gender and social justice, and this performative forum promises to engage on many fronts (until 5 May).

There’s also going to be a This Girl Can: Walk, Jog, Run event (pictured - celebrate women in Newcastle getting active on this 5k route – 7 March, Exhibition Park, 5.30pm); a flashmob choir at Grey’s Monument (a Women in Newcastle: Period Poverty event - 8 March, 11.30am); Sister Shack showcasing stalls from local women with creative, entrepreneurial and artistic backgrounds (9 March, Tyne Bank Brewery, 12 noon-late); a SHE Choir Newcastle: Special Taster Session packed with beautiful feminist songs, protest songs and an uplifting classic or two (no prior musical experience required – 13 March, Robert Stewart Memorial Hall, Newcastle, 6.15pm, £0-£3); and Locker Room Talk at Live Theatre (conversations by men about women have been distilled into a verbatim play in which the men’s words have been given to an all-female cast to perform – 17 & 18 April, 7.30pm, £6-£8).

As mentioned above, we’re merely touching on everything that is happening so be sure to check the website below for the full programme.

Women of Tyneside Festival, 8 March-June. twmuseums.org.uk/women-of-tyneside-events