International Women’s Day* takes place on Sunday 8 March, and is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The day has been celebrated for well over a century and this year, groups in Bedford will be marking the occasion with events, performances and parties.
Tribute to Women Performance Showcase
Sunday 8 March
The Place Theatre at 7.30pm
As part of their fundraising for Bedford’s first statue of a female, the Women of Bedford group are holding a performance showcase at the Place Theatre – and they’re looking for more talented Bedfordians to take part.
Featuring performances by and about women, confirmed acts so far include My Girl the River and Matt Hopwood reading from his book, Mother: a human love story. Women, men, children, teenagers and centenarians tell their experiences of childhood, motherhood, birth, loss, yearning, fear, contentment, love and divinity.
If you would like to take part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Feline Assembly presents: Feline Soul
Sunday 8 March
Herd, St Cuthbert’s Street at 1.30pm – 7pm
Smooth Sundays at Herd have a reputation of bringing together delicious roasts with a laid-back atmosphere that set you up for the coming week. Feline Assembly will be presenting an afternoon of Feline Soul, an all-female line up that will stir your emotions to a soulful beat. From the beautiful tones of DIYA , through to the strictly vinyl DJs Nerys, Nicola, Sherry, Sue and Emma.
Saturday 7 March
Herd, St Cuthbert’s Street from 7pm
Four incredible female DJs will be gracing the decks at Herd as part of their Parity party for International Women’s Day.
DJ Tunesmith is a Hackney-based DJ/Producer, regularly playing to crowds at The Groucho Club, Ronnie Scott’s and The Ace Hotel. She plays a strictly vinyl set and you’ll hear groove-laden beats encompassing funk, hip hop, jazz, soul, disco, broken beat and boogie.
Miss KG’s love of music led her to begin DJing in 2014. She has two releases under her belt and a monthly radio show on D3DP Radio Network.
Tashizm had a love for house music from a very young age. Her sounds range from soulful house to the deeper sides of tech and tribal but her love of the low riding bass lines come through in her music.
Finally, Miss Soxee will take you on a musical journey through jazz, funk, soul, disco, broken beat and house. She first began DJing 11 years ago and she is a firm believer of letting her music selection speak for itself.
Monday 9 March
Foundry Co-Working, St Cuthbert’s Street at 7:30am till 10am
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so join the Foundry crew for a celebration of business women and community leaders at their co-working space.
From 7.30am there will be a free breakfast and the chance to hear from Erica Roffe (managing editor of the Bedford Independent and the Bedford Clanger and creative director of Explore Bedford), Nansi Rose (chartered surveyor and the owner of Roosters Sandwich Bar on St Cuthbert’s Street), Jade Hibbert (goldsmith and the founder of new jewellery brand, Jwllry by Jade Ltd), Rosanna Heasman: (the brains behind The Store, Bedford’s first refill shop), Nadia Luongo (owner of Bedford’s newest plant based cafe, The Vardo) and Emma Garrett (director of Kiosk at the Park and Bedford Pavilion and Founder of Soupfest Bedford).
For the whole day they’re also offering free hot- desking to celebrate the female entrepreneurs, homeworkers and independent businesses owners doing great
Email email@example.com to guarantee your space or pop along on the day and take a chance. The event is free but they will be taking donations for Bedford Faces and Bloody Good Period on the day.
*In the interests of equality, International Men’s Day is celebrated annually on 19 November.