International Women’s Day 2018

Live and broadcast musical events for IWD 2018 include:

Special Late Junction session on Radio 3: Verity Sharp with an International Women’s Day show As part of BBC Radio 3’s schedule marking International Women’s Day, Verity Sharp celebrates the female musical collective in all its forms, styles, and structures. A special Late Junction collaboration session has been assembled for the occasion, featuring members of notable performance collectives past and present. Our unique, one-off trio features: Maggie Nicols, who co-founded the Feminist Improvising Group; Verity Susman, formerly of Electrelane; and Amble Skuse, a member of the Orchestra For Females And Laptops aka OFFAL. Hear the results of this historic, improvised musical meeting, as well as a roundtable conversation between participants on the history and future of the female collective.

Also featured on the programme is music from all over the globe made by women working together. Expect to hear: folk supergroup Coven; loose sound art collective Egyptian Females Experimental Music Session; traditional Tuareg trio Les filles de Illighadad; jazz band Nérija; hip hop crew Reykjavíkurdætur; and performance art improvisers Sheer Frost Orchestra.

8 March 2018 18:30 ~ The Power of Music – FORWARD – London. Artists Using Conversation and Music for Social Change. FORWARD UK‘s Musicians Unite to End FGM project in collaboration with Black HistoryStudies is pleased to present Journalist and FORWARD Ambassador, Ade Daramy will be in conversation with Blues artist Corey Harris (Corey Harris Band), Congolese hip hop artists Nka1 and Tunde (of  Lopango Ya Banka) and UK female rapper extraordinaire – Sharna Cane.

The Royal College of Music is celebrating International Women’s Day with events, featuring compositions by female composers, plus the wonderful conductor, Holly Mathieson.

Oxford: Faculty of Music presents a special concert:

The School of Electronic Music is joining forces with Manchester based collective Queen Bees to curate a week of free events and workshops for women.

Nottingham: Join Cultural Vibrations founder Rastarella at The Maze on Thursday 8th March for her International Womens Day creative showcase.This year’s theme is #PressforProgress so on the line up you will be inspired by local creative females leading the way for other women to make their mark in the creative industry. Creative Energies performing on the night include DJ PRINCESS, LYTISHA, IAMSTARZ, AMIE CHERRY, BELLY DANCE WORLD Expect good vibes, live music & dance, spoken word, stalls plus much more.

A month-long programme of activities to mark and celebrate International Women’s Day 2018:

British Music Collection: Throughout the month of March, in support of International Women’s Day 2018, Sound and Music is showcasing incredibly talented women in music, celebrating female composers both past and present, with a different profile featured every day.

Hull: ‘Let Me Fly’ is a celebration of music and song to mark International Women’s Day, inspired by the indomitable spirit of flying heroine Amy Johnson in her home town Hull, City of Culture 2017. It will feature local renowned Yorkshire singer/songwriters Paula Ryan, Katie Spencer and Ali Bullivent.-Special guests will include Hull’s Heartsong and a live web link to India with Ranjani Mahesh singing and playing the traditional veena.

Check out Yegna: a group that supports women’s rights using music influenced by Ethiopian heritage is thriving – despite losing UK aid funding.

 9 March 2018 Women For Refugee Women’s drama group perform their songs and poetry at the Women of the World festival, 2.30pm Riverside Terrace Cafe, Royal Festival Hall, London. Show support in solidarity with the Yarl’s Wood hunger strikers:

If you missed Sunday’s Radio 3 programme A Portrait of Val Wilmer on the life of the celebrated journalist, photographer, and historian of Black music you can still catch it on iPlayer

If you know of an event you think WLMA could publicise, please get in touch!

Lots of IWD events can be found via womensgrid: a free service to help information by and about women and women’s groups to be shared between interested women and women’s groups.

If you’re in London this Saturday hope to see you on the march!

‘As a political weapon, it has helped me for 30 years defend the rights of American blacks and third-world people all over the world, to defend them with protest songs. To move the audience to make them conscious of what has been done to my people around the world.’
– Nina Simone





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