WomenCentre is marking International Women’s Day with a series of events. Music, lectures and films to entertain and inspire!

Wednesday 5th March
WomenCentre Film Festival: Films by, for, about and with women

WomenCentre (The Loft), Lord Street, Huddersfield, 12.00 – 7.30 pm (Free)
Come and be moved and inspired by dipping in to this afternoon of films. Hear the voices and life stories of women from our own community alongside documentaries and films from beyond. Films include ‘The Godmother of Rock and Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe’, about the virtuosic electric guitar player who recorded throughout the 1940s, 50s and 60s, ‘Witches of Gambaga’, the extraordinary story of a community of women condemned to live as witches in Ghana, and ‘The Colour Purple’. For further information on times and films please contact WomenCentre.

Thursday 6th March
Kora music and stories from Holly Marland
Coffee Evolution, Church Street, Huddersfield. 6 pm (Free)

The kora is a 21 stringed harp from West Africa which traditionally is used to keep the history of the Mandinke people alive through songs and stories. Holly will share some of these and also some of her own songs and stories, giving you the opportunity to join in if you want to.

Friday 7th March
Hidden Women in Musical History
Huddersfield University, Creative Arts Building, 11.1 – 12.45 (Free)
Women have been a central part in music-making throughout history, but their voices are often absent from modern concerts, text books, and performances. Dr Lisa Colton (Director of the Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity, University of Huddersfield) explores some of the key women in music history, examining their reputations, creative personalities and musical legacy, from medieval nuns to the present day.

Friday 7th March
Sound Women
: A celebration of women in Music
Bar 1:22, New Street, Huddersfield. Doors open 8pm (£6/3)
For the second year, WomenCentre are putting on an eclectic evening of music made by women with all proceeds going towards WomenCentre. Singer Song writers, Iranian Folk Song, blues and more….This year’s concert will also include a reading of a new piece of poetry crafted by Alison Lock from the words of many women in our community. Performers include Sam Payne, Songbirds, Emily Druce, Emma Oldfield, Nasrin and Rozhyar Mousavi, Monika Zlamalova and more…

Light refreshments will be available at all events