Leicester arts institutions and creative people across the city are marking international Women’s day with a whole bunch of events and activities. We’ll be adding to this post all day to try and catalogue as much as possible.

Attenborough Arts Centre are highlighting the incredible female artists we have in our current exhibition Night in the Museum: Ryan Gander Curates the Arts Council Collection over on their social media. Follow them here.

House of Verse have created ‘House of Her’ – a video bringing together 15 female artists, performers, writers and musicians. The video offers a kaleidoscope view of the issues and thoughts of Leicester’s female artists, and what International Women’s Day means to them.

“After a conversation with fellow poet Asher X, we realised that only one fifth of the House of Verse performance collective are female and we wanted to think of something we could do together to big up the ladies.” explains creator Jenny Hibberd. “Realising it was soon to be International Women’s Day was mega inspiration to create this multi-woman video.”

Artists contributed one-minute pieces, offering uplifting, empowering or challenging messages in response to International Women’s Day. With everything from performance poetry to hula-hooping, the video shows a variety of perspectives and represents the many talented female artists making work in Leicester today.

Watch it in full here.

Lightseekers, an organisation which aims to connect people through the creative arts has created Sew Off! at Peepul Centre on the 9th March from 11 – 4pm. The event will offer participants a unique day of sewing, art and craft, and the chance to meet new people, learn new skills and contribute to make a collaborative tapestry.

This event is accompanied by ‘Moksha’ (liberation) – an exhibition in the atrium of Peepul Centre. The work forms part of award winning visual artist, Kajal Nisha Patel’s Leverhulme Artist Residency at The University of Leicester. More than 100 individuals from eight different community groups participated in the creation of this work. This is the third time the work has been displayed, each time, taking on anew meaning.

In support of International Women’s Day, the Exchange is hosting Moonshine Word Jam on the 9th of March.

The open mic, spoken word and jazz jam night hosts numerous artists, such as Cynthia Rodríguez and Mythm & Mellos, whilst The BootLeg Trio improvises with them to turn their words into musical performance pieces.
The event starts at 7PM and will be hosted by Lydia Towsey & Mellow Baku. The entrance fee is 5pounds or pay as you feel. Support International Women’s Day and go check out what Moonshine Word Jam is all about!

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