International Women’s Day, Real Food and Exhibitions
Posted by Boundary Community Launderette on 08/03/2012
Today, Thursday 8th March, is International Women’s Day. We remember the women across the world who have fought for, and continue to fight for, equality for women and human rights for all. To find out what’s going on to celebrate International Women’s Day see the Alternative Arts Website.
We’ve checked out the listings and have found a few free events that we hope you like. Ther are some great events to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History month, and everyone is welcome to these events unless otherwise stated. Don’t forget that our links on the right of the webpage have a whole range of free places to go, from museums to farms!
On Saturday 10th March, from 10am until 5pm, Spitalfields Market hosts a celebration of International Women’s Day featuring artists, books, craftswomen, designers, performers, workshops, women’s groups and organisations. Pop along to browse and be entertained! Check out their website for more information.
The Brady Centre, Hanbury Street is hosting an event for International Women’s Day on Saturday 10th March from 2 until 6pm, exclusively for young women aged 13-19 years old. There will be a variety of activities including dance, brooch-making, head massage and more, a number of delicious snacks available to buy throughout the afternoon as well as a selection of stalls offering advice on careers, interview techniques, health and substance misuse. And don’t miss a special guest appearance from new girl group Vanquish. Doors open at 2pm, but arrive early to see Vanquish as only 150 tickets are available. For more information see the website.
Also at the Brady Centre is an exhibition showcasing a number of banners dating back to 1983, created by girls groups across the borough to highlight International Women’s Day. The Council’s youth arts team, ‘A’ Team Arts, has brought together a variety of work, displaying banners from our archives, and incorporating a number of textiles techniques ranging from screenprinting to applique work and including 2 brightly coloured shamiana hangings on display in the Main Hall. The exhibition is open Mon – Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm until Thursday 15th March. Visit the webpage for more information.
The Women’s Library, Old Castle Street, is hosting an exhibition ‘All Work and Low Pay’. It puts paid to the myth that the majority of women did not work until the second half of the twentieth century. In fact, most women have always worked, in paid jobs or in the home, but their work has consistently been unrecognised and undervalued. This exhibition shows the extraordinary range of jobs done by women over the past 150 years, from forging iron chains to assembling fine electrical components, and that women working brought social change, the Women’s Liberation movement and equality legislation. The exhibition is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm, Thursday until 8.00pm and Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm until 25th August. See their website for full details.
The Southbank Centre is also celebrating International Women’s Day with the Women of the World Festival on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March. You can get your hair done, your finances straightened out and learn how to change a tyre – everything a woman (or man) needs. There are a wide range of stalls offering everything from jewellery to business advice, as well as a whole range of entertainment. See the WOW website for full details.
Also at the Southbank Centre this weekend is the Real Food Market. Packed full of delicious treats, unique gift ideas and fresh seasonal produce from across the UK, this market is becoming a top London destination for food lovers. It is open Friday Midday – 8pm; Saturday 11am – 8pm; Sunday Midday – 6pm. For more information visit the website.
There are some great exhibitions on our doorstep – check the websites for Rich Mix, Idea Generation Gallery and the Calvert 22 Gallery. Whatever you do have a great weekend – don’t forget that the launderette does services washes so you have more time to do more enjoyable things!
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