international women's day 2011

Breaking the Waves Festival 2011 – Cardiff – 8th to 13th March 2011

Posted on: 10 February 2011

“Breaking the Waves” is a grassroots, non-profit, innovative festival exploring diverse expressions of feminism through a vibrant weekend-long programme of events in Cardiff, including speakers, arts, music, discussions, and loads more!

Organised by Cardiff Feminist Network the festival is being held between 8th-13th March 2011 as part of celebrations for the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. It will be open to all and will stimulate intergenerational dialogue between all who are, or have been, working towards gender equality.

With an ethos of empowerment, inclusion and innovation, we hope to break down perceived or real generational divides, build supportive networks for future anti-sexist work in Cardiff, and ultimately seek new ways of defining what it means to be a feminist today.

Breaking the Waves Festival Programme 8th -13th March 2011

Tuesday 8th March Life Drawing Workshop
Breaking Waves begins its festival programme on International Women’s Day with an evening of drawing and debate. CFN and Cardiff Life Model Collective invite you to try your hand at drawing the female form and discuss its use in art and media. Through the study of the body we hope to draw attention to the beauty of the female form!
5.30 pm – Cardiff Arts Institute, 29 Park Place.

Wednesday 9thMarch Feminism Oral History Night
Come along to this event to hear feminist histories from Wales! Speakers will be recounting their personal experiences of women’s liberation. Share your own stories in honour of International Women’s Day. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a book swap fundraiser! Places are limited so please register by emailing
Time to be confirmed- The Quaker Meeting House , 43 Charles Street.

Thursday 10th March Introduction to Craftivism
Craft + activism = Craftvisim. Join us for an introduction to craft – activism and gain further understanding of its application to feminist issues! Create and send a hand crafted postcard with your own feminist message or slogan… Make a point with your privates by designing and making a pair of protest pants… Materials supplied, only enthusiasm required!
6pm – Milgis, 213 City Rd.

Friday 11th March “Breaking The Waves” Arts Exhibition : Preview and Social Evening
5pm – Milgi’s , 213 City Rd.
More information coming soon, please watch this space

Saturday 12th March “Breaking The Waves” Feminist Conference
Key speaker Catherine Redfern, co author of “Reclaiming the F Word” and founder of “the ‘F’ Word” website, discusses her current work and the issues affecting feminism today. With guest speakers addressing the issues of refugees and asylum seekers, the conference aims to address the issues affecting women’s lives personally, locally and internationally. Ask questions, meet other feminists as well as other women’s organisations and access a wealth of information on becoming an active feminist in an inspiring Saturday afternoon!
Conference Schedule

    12.30 – 1.00 – Conference opening: access to Women’s Organisations stalls and tea/ coffee / light refreshments
    1.00 – 1.15 – Welcome & Introduction
    1.15 – 2.00 – Main speaker Catherine Redfern followed by Q&A
    2.20 – 3.20 – Workshops:- Objectification; Violence Against Women & Womens Aid; Global Rights of Women
    3.20 – 4.00 – Feedback from Workshops followed by T.break
    4.00 – 4.30 – Experience of Women Refugee/Sanctuary seekers- talk followed by Q&A
    4.40 – 5.00 – Closing Speeches

12:30 – 17:00 – The Gate , 38 Keppoch St

Saturday 12th March Preview : “Make Room” A Showcase of Contemporary Women’s Art
To celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day, Milkwood Gallery presents a group of contemporary women artists working in a diverse range of media from traditional applied arts to digital, documentary, performance and conceptually led practice. At varying stages in their careers, each artist has been selected primarily for the quality of their work, and although gender is an obvious unifying feature, equally important is the track record they share for making dynamic and thought provoking work.
18:30 – Milkwood Gallery, 41 Locaber Street

Sunday 13th March Sunday Social Milkwood Gallery, 41 Locaber Street
More information coming soon, please watch this space
We need people to get involved, to volunteer and to help us with this event!
For more information or to volunteer email us at: cardifffeminists(AT)yahoo(DOT)co(DOT)uk

Full Programme available to download here

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