All About Women (AAW) is an annual festival of big ideas and extraordinary women held in the lead-up to International Women’s Day. It is a vibrant day of stimulating debate and discussion about the issues and ideas important to women.
A full day of inspiring sessions, workshops and dancing kicks off early at the Opera House on Sunday 4 March with yoga on the Forecourt. After lunch, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs will lead an open choir performing repertoire drawn from the different waves of feminism, from select Emmaline Pankhurst quotes set to music, through to Helen Reddy, Le Tigre and Beyoncé.
Dance/hip-hop collective, Haiku Hands have curated a Block Party to shake off the patriarchy on the dancefloor and close out the festival with a bang. They’re sharing the all-female bill with Okenyo (“…a modern-day Cleopatra, exuberant with confidence, grace and a fierce sense of style and attitude,” Happy) and CLYPSO (“a collage of jungle beats, grimey basslines, atari-esque synths and afropunk infused electronica”, Triple J Unearthed), alongside DJs Ayebatonye and Mowgli May.
Curated by Edwina Throsby, formerly the TEDxSydney Head of Curation and founder and producer of ABC’s Big Ideas, the 2018 program is reaching out from the Opera House to people who can’t be there on the day.
Audiences around Australia and New Zealand will also be able to tune into All About Women highlights livestreamed to 26 community venues thanks to an expanded satellite program supported by Opera House Major Partner, Westpac.
The festival is also reaching out to arts and cultural venues to join the live stream and host their own local events.
All About Women Satellite Sessions include: Women in the Age of Trump – Fran Lebowitz, Tarana Burke and Francesca Donner #Metoo and the making of a movement – Tarana Burke and Tracey Spicer Beauty as Resistance – Rebecca Walker Suffragettes to Social Media: Waves of Feminism – Barbara Caine, Nakkiah Lui, Anne Summers and Rebecca Walker Confirmed venues include: • Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT • Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bathurst, NSW • Charles Rasp Memorial Library, Broken Hill, NSW • Hurstville Library, Hurstville, NSW • Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour, NSW • Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, NSW • Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW • Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga, NSW • Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, NSW • JP Belshaw Lecture Theatre, University of New England, Armidale, NSW • Armidale War Memorial Library, Armidale, NSW • University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, NSW • Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith, NSW • Bega Civic Centre, Bega, NSW • Maitland Town Hall, Maitland, NSW • Albury-Wodonga Campus, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW • Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW • Alice Springs Public Library, Alice Springs, NT • Darwin City Library, Darwin, NT • Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Geelong, VIC • James Cook University, Townsville, QLD • Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Mackay, QLD • Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD • Screen Queensland, QLD • Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, NZ • Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, NZ