The Bechdel Sound Test Weekender

by The Bechdel Sound Test in London, England, United Kingdom

The Bechdel Sound Test Weekender
Not quite
Unfortunately this project was not successful.

To celebrate women in music, raise money for charity (period poverty) & to establish a regular cultural event in West Norwood

by The Bechdel Sound Test in London, England, United Kingdom

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.

Let's make 'The Bechdel Sound Test Weekender' happen