Building on that success of our first event in 2018, we’re returning to host a weekender in multiple venues to celebrate International Women’s Day in 2019 (8-10 March).
We’re keen to raise awareness of the gender bias within the music industry and - more generally - celebrate women in music. Although the event is centred around music, this will also be extended to wider arts and cultural issues - such as film, photography & the gender gap within the workplace.
We’re also looking to raise money and awareness for Free Periods/Red Box Project – this is a fantastic campaign battling period poverty and provides free sanitary protection to young people who otherwise can’t afford them. 1 in 10 girls can't afford to buy menstrual products and over 137,700 children in the UK have missed school because of period poverty (Plan International UK).
We are a self-funded, not-for-profit looking to raise money for charity and fund future events. We aim to keep costs low and this means:
● The events will have a small cover charge to cover costs
● We’ll be raising money for our chosen charities - Free Periods and Pink Protest - through collections, raffles and other fundraising initiatives
● We can cover costs and want to pay all performers fairly - and want to be open and up-front about this so no artist or collaborator is out of pocket
We would like to bring our event to West Norwood again. This is due to a lack of cultural activities within the area– it is often neglected for music events in favour of fashionable London districts such as Brixton & Hackney.
With the opening of the Picturehouse cinema last year – and a burgeoning artistic communty - there is a clear appetite for an event like our Bechdel Weekender.