International Women’s Day falls on 8 March 2020 and this year’s theme is #EachforEqual, because an equal world is an enabled world. But where to celebrate the sisterhood? The Resident weighs up some of the best ways to get your girl power on in London
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1 WOW London 2020, Southbank Centre
WOW – Women of the World festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with its biggest and bravest festival yet. Over three days, WOW’s line-up of world-class speakers, activists and performers will explore the state of gender equality across the globe. There’s tonnes of great stuff going on. Festival highlights include athlete Dina Asher-Smith – the fastest British woman in recorded history – in conversation with WOW Founder Jude Kelly on 6 March at 5pm; Scarlett Curtis: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink Live, an afternoon of fun, frank and honest conversation on 6 March at 9pm; a Voguing workshop on 7 March at 3pm; British Vogue’s Forces for Change, with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful OBE discussing how you can make a difference on 7 March at 6pm; Shazia Mirza: Coconut, a hilarious and uplifting joyride into the art of survival at the comedian’s latest show on 7 March at 6.30pm; How the Hell Did I Get Here? where Sandi Toksvig meets her personal and professional heroes to discover how they got to where they are today on 8 March at 5pm; and the WOW: Tenth Birthday Party on 8 March at 3.30pm.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk/wow
14 Hills, D&D London’s newest sky-high restaurant and bar on Fenchurch Street, hosts Recipe for Success, a breakfast event heroing strong female voices, on 10 March. Hosting the event will be Georgie Coleridge-Cole, entrepreneur and founder of Sheerluxe lifestyle platform. Georgie will be joined by Henrietta Rix, British designer and co-founder of fashion label Rixo, and Hilary Rowland, co-founder of Boom Cycle spin studio. The women will gather to share their successes, failures, advice and stories on how they got to where they are today. Breakfast, created by Head Chef Thomas Piat, will include dishes like coconut yoghurt and berry compote pots, smoked salmon bagels, a fresh fruit platter, a selection of breakfast muffins and pastries. 8am-9.30am. Tickets £35 (click here to book).
120 Fenchurch Street EC3M 5BA; 14hills.co.uk
3 Ms Kat Da Bra’s Kabaret at The Bedford, Balham
In honour of International Women’s Day, Banana Cabaret at The Bedford in Balham is hosting Ms Kat Da Bra’s Kabaret – an evening of fun and frivolity with an (almost) all female line up. Ms Kat Da Bra was once a member of ‘The Circle’, but was booted out having had an affair with a power couple… She is now seen performing all over the world with dazzling magic tricks, and for this special event her friends in burlesque, stand up and those blessed with brilliant singing voices will be joining her. The event will also be raising money for the Malala Fund, set up by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to helps girls and women all over the world. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Tickets from £10 (click here to book).
77 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HD; thebedford.com
4 Dinner with Laura Jackson at The Ivy Soho Brasserie
The Ivy Soho Brasserie is hosting an exclusive ticketed dinner and panel discussion with TV presenter, podcast host, chef and fashion influencer, Laura Jackson. The evening will touch upon countless inspirational stories in a celebration of female friendship guided by two remarkable women, Laura Jackson and her friend, stylist and Art Director Victoria Bain. The ‘In conversation with…’ talk will be hosted by Bain, who will share her experience of working in the fashion industry, as both a journalist for The Telegraph and stylist. They will talk candidly about subjects including how to make your passion in life a success, top life lessons from fearless women and how to connect and disconnect in today’s digital age. Guests will be invited to pose questions in an intimate setting while enjoying a two-course dinner with wine in The Ivy Soho Brasserie’s private dining room. 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets £48 (click here to book).
Broadwick Street, Soho W1F 8JB; theivysohobrasserie.com
5 WXMB 2: An All-Day Affair at Colours Hoxton
The WXMB 2 collective, which aims to tackle inequality in the music industry, is celebrating International Womxn’s Day with a day of fun and useful panels, workshops, live music and more, all aimed at womxn in the music industry. The Orange Room will feature technical workshops that are a must for all entry-level producers and engineers, as well as those passionate about live production. The Pink Room will be a space for sharing experience and advice, starting with some speed networking, followed by panel talks on topics from music journalism to promotion and freelancing 101. In the Green Room, you’ll find space to take a breather, with yoga, a cacao ceremony and a talk on the healing benefits of the Amazonian medicine kambo. You can also explore the WXMBFair, where creatives will showcase everything from conscious clothing to records. There will, of course, be live music and DJ stages showcasing female-identifying and non-binary artists, too. All-day tickets £15, evening tickets £5 (click here to book).
2-4 Hoxton Square, Hackney N1 6NU; colourshoxton.com
6 Ladies of Champagne at St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar, King’s Cross
St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys is hosting a special Ladies of Champagne masterclass in celebration of International Women’s Day. Taking place in St Pancras’ by Searcys private dining room, the world-class station’s resident brasserie (which boasts the longest champagne bar in Europe), you will have the chance to sample three taster glasses of champagne expertly paired with a three-course meal. The masterclass will celebrate the pioneering women who broke the mould to become some of the finest winemakers in history. Tasters include Featuring Taittinger Grands Crus, Prélude, Brut, NV; Perrier-Jouët, Grand Brut, NV; and Laurent-Perrier, Harmony, Sec, NV. 6.30pm-8.30pm. Tickets £59 (click here to book).
Grand Terrace, St Pancras International, King’s Cross N1C 4QL; stpancrasbysearcys.co.uk
7 Remarkable Rare Works By & About Women at Peter Harrington Books, Mayfair
Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest rare bookseller, is championing a new catalogue of remarkable works by and about women for International Women’s Day. The collection brings together unique items from female activists, mathematicians, poets and medical practitioners, from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Highlights include a rare complete run of Sylvia Pankhurst’s strikingly illustrated revolutionary socialist journal, Germinal (1923), which provides insight into Pankhurst’s complex artistic, literary and political influences (£4,375); Jennifer Dawson’s novel, The Ha Ha (1961), an early and lesser-known treatment of the subject of women’s mental health, pre-dating Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar by two years (£675); and an original iconic psychedelic poster, Hallelujah The Pill!! (1967), by Mari Tepper (£1,500). A collection of rare books will be on display from 5-18 March and a copy of the catalogue is available on request.
43 Dover Street, Mayfair W1S 4FF; peterharrington.co.uk
Flexible workspace provider Fora is hosting a series of inspiring and informative International Women’s Day 2020 events across its London venues. Highlights include a breakfast with Black Females in Architecture co-founder Neba Sere on 6 March (8am-9.30am) at Fora Brick Lane; an inspiring panel discussion with LBTQ Women, a dynamic network created to inspire, inform and celebrate the success of Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Women, on 6 March (6pm-10.30pm) at Fora Soho; and an inspiring panel hosted by LBTQ Women followed by a networking event on 6 March (6pm-10.30) at Fora Soho. The #ForaHer events are part of Fora’s ongoing commitment to supporting women and addressing gender balance in the workplace. All events are free.
To find out more and book see eventbrite.co.uk
9 International Women’s Day at Peckham Levels
Peckham Levels is hosting a month-long programme of events to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. The creative hotspot will be playing host to a range of engaging activities, workshops, panel-talks, music events, film screenings and late nights – many of which are free. On International Women’s Day itself (Sunday 8 March), events include Divine Women, a live music show hosted by an all-female line up, and a Textile Workshop with The Looking Glass Collective where you can design your own tote bag. Other highlights include the Made in Peckham Levels Youth Market on 7 & 28 March; London breakout DJ Jay Dolce, who mixes a variety of ‘wavy’ sounds and genres, at Near & Far on 13 March; a Tam Bam Workshop with Tam Bam Steel Orchestra Academy, led by international steel-pan performer Delphina on 14 March; the Black Listening Party: Celebrating Black Women In Music on 22 March; and On The Level – Comedy Headline Showcase with host Christina Gulick on 26 March.
Peckham Town Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Lane SE15 4ST; peckhamlevels.org
10 Beat N Greet with Tally Rye at Digme, Fitzrovia
Founded by Caoimhe Bamber, a fierce, kick-ass female, Digme is on a mission to empower women through fitness and beyond. To celebrate International Women’s Day, the team is hosting a one-off Beat N Greet spin event with Digme instructor, personal trainer and wellness influencer Tally Rye. Rye uses her social media following to promote body positivity and female empowerment, and recently published her first book, Train Happy. So get your girl crew together and ride to the rhythm of some of the most empowering tunes around! 10.10am. Class costs one standard credit (£30) and includes a goody bag.
Rathbone Square, Newman Street, Fitzrovia W1T 1JW; digmefitness.com
11 GRL GNG X The 13 Life at BOXPARK Wembley
GRL GNG, a platform for both aspiring and established female artists, is teaming up with The 13 Life, a creative agency that focuses on music, fashion and experiential events, to celebrate sisterhood this International Women’s Day. The day starts with an brunch by Drums n Flats and pink drinks by BOXPARK. Ladies can then share their goals and dreams at the vision board station, while adding some bling to their smile at the tooth gem station provided by Killa Gems. Throughout the day, enjoy a live DJ set with sounds by GRL GNG’s very own Lexi Mase, and, from 6pm, special performances by artists Pritt & Indie in BOXPARK Wembley’s Beatbox. Until 9pm. The next live GRL GNG event takes place on 18 March at BOXPARK Shoreditch.
18 Olympic Way, Wembley Park HA9 0JT; boxpark.co.uk
12 Imaginary Millions at The Book Club, Shoreditch
Head to The Book Club in Shoreditch for a unique open-mic night celebrating womxn worldwide. Hosted by Sarah-Nell, you can just sit and listen to the house band play for two hours straight – but the mics at the front are always on. There is no sign-up sheet, no expectations and no judgement, just the chance to hear some incredible rappers, singers, poets and spoken word artists. Nothing is planned, but everything is somehow perfect. 7pm-11pm. Free.
13 WeWork Member’s Market at BOXPARK Shoreditch
For the first time, WeWork is hosting a WeWork Member’s Market at BOXPARK in Shoreditch, showcasing innovative female entrepreneurs to celebrate International Women’s Day. Nine female-founded WeWork member companies will be showcasing their businesses at BOXPARK pop-up retail mall over the two weeks. The WeWork Member’s Market will feature a range of products from high-quality fashion pieces and stylish prints to sustainable oral care products and eco-friendly eyewear, including Wires Glasses, co-founded by model Lily Cole. Open 11am-5pm.
2-10 Bethnal Green Road, Hackney E1 6GY; boxpark.co.uk
14 Women w Vision @ At Your Beat, Covent Garden
Inclusive dance and fitness company At Your Beat, which has become the class of choice for celebs, models, influencers and fitness industry leaders in London and New York, is hosting a four-hour female empowerment workshop. Created and hosted by At Your Beat instructor, mental health advocate and LGBTQ champion Isabella Johnson, the event will start with a panel discussion on healthy relationships, followed by a Vision Boarding session, incense burning, tunes and chill vibes, before a vegan dinner prepared by Gemma Anusa, owner of @SKGFlavas. Finally, there’ll be a heels class, to help you dance in heels with class and sass. Tickets £40 including a goody bag (click here to book). 5.30pm-9.30pm.
The White Space, 5 Great Newport Street, Covent Garden WC2H 7JB; atyourbeat.com
15 Womxn Unite: BOXPARK Croydon & Polyester Zine Celebrate Activism
To celebrate International Woman’s Day, BOXPARK Croydon has teamed up with feminist arts and culture platform Polyester Zine for a live debate and ‘all-womaxn’ panel made up of artists, activists and entrepreneurs. Kicking off with a live recording of their namesake podcast, Polyester Founding Editor-In-Chief Ione Gamble will sit down with artist and Queerty ‘Game Changer of 2020’, Wednesday Holmes, to discuss their work, the causes close to their heart, and what they’ve been obsessing over in recent months. This will be followed by a panelled discussion on the pros and cons of taking an individual or collective approach to activism, featuring Rene Matic, a fine art student specialising in self-expression, and Bami Kuteyi, founder of BamBamBoogie Dance Fitness. Plus, BOXPARK Croydon will be serving a limited-edition International Womxn’s Day cocktail menu. 7pm-9pm. Tickets are free, but for guaranteed entry and a cocktail, buy your £10 ticket here.
99 George Street, Croydon CR0 1LD; boxpark.co.uk
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