Wales Millennium Centre to celebrate the achievements of women in Wales and beyond throughout March
From hosting International Women’s Day on 8 March to WOW Caerdydd on 20 & 21 March, Wales Millennium Centre will be bringing the celebration of women’s achievements to the fore. Complementing the two festivals, the Centre’s production of Man to Man, running 19 – 27 March, tells a story of survival, identity, female resilience and what it means to be a woman.
International Women’s Day
Part of the International Women’s Day celebrations on 8 March, the Welsh Women’s Summit, presented by Women Making a Difference, will once again be held at Wales Millennium Centre. This annual event brings together diverse women and key decision-makers to discuss issues facing under-represented groups in communities and public life in Wales and offers women a chance to get their voices heard. The summit includes free entry, free lunch and a free crèche. Free activities, performances and workshops will also take place throughout the afternoon.
On 20 & 21 March, Wales Millennium Centre will present WOW (Women of the World) Caerdydd, a festival of free performances, workshops, a market place, networking opportunities and talks on various topics. Established to promote equality for women and girls, WOW festival celebrates women’s achievements while also exploring the obstacles women and girls still face in the UK and across the world. Free workshops on the day range from Speed Mentoring to Self Defence, jewellery and clothing making to a ‘Be Your Own Superhero’ workshop.
On Friday 20 March, the festival will be tailored towards school groups, offering workshops and speed mentoring sessions to inspire young people. Activities on Saturday 21 March are open to all.
Man to Man
Running from 19 – 27 March, Man to Man reimagines Manfred Karge’s masterpiece ‘Jacke wie Hose’ as a visceral and virtuosic piece of physical theatre. Intimate and all-consuming, this one woman show depicts the story – inspired by true accounts of life in Nazi Germany – of a woman forced to assume her dead husband’s identity in order to survive. Confronting the horrors of World War Two from a unique and deeply personal perspective, the show challenges concepts of gender identity to present a moving account of female resilience and survival.
Associate Producer at Wales Millennium Centre, Fern George, said: ‘I’m so pleased and proud to be celebrating the achievements and diversity of women in Wales throughout the month of March. International Women’s Day and WOW Caerdydd will offer women of all walks of life opportunities to get involved in discussion surrounding the issues faced by women nationally and globally today, alongside free workshops to enjoy and try out something new – from upcycling clothes to yoga or self-defence. A particular highlight for me is that examination of gender and themes of female strength are also being explored theatrically through the Centre’s production of ‘Man to Man’. It’s an exciting production made with a brilliant creative team, which I believe tells an incredible story in a way that we can all connect to and I’m looking forward to sharing that experience with the public.’
For more information on International Women’s Day at Wales Millennium Centre, WOW festival and Man to Man, visit www.wmc.org.uk or call the box office on 029 2063 6464.
WOW – Sat 21 March
9.30am – 4.30pm – Foyer
Browse our extraordinary free market and meet inspiring female artists, entrepreneurs and philanthropists.
10am – 2pm – Miliwpts Den
Be Your Own Superhero
We will be exploring the superheroes that are all around us. Come along and make your very own superhero mask and discover how to be your own superhero!
11am – 12.30pm – Glanfa
Members from ELIS project will be performing and hosting Sian Thomason Awards for female student nominees.
10am – 2pm – Foyer & Function Rooms
From jewellery making to yoga and self-defence sessions, we’re offering a selection of workshops throughout the festival.
2pm – 4pm – Glanfa
An opportunity for women to be mentored by other women across many fields including theatre directors, journalists, scientists, campaigners, artists and many more.