2019 Festival

The festival will take place between Thursday 28th February and Saturday 16th March 2019

Since the Festival began 30 years ago, a multitude of topics have been covered, ranging from the arts to the sciences, a variety of campaigns such as those concerned with homelessness and sweated labour and a broad range of groups and individuals have participated. The festival has also been about women’s creativity and raising issues on women’s rights.  Thus it has always tried to represent different women’s groups, different ages and nationalities as well as individual women.


This year’s theme, ‘We will survive and thrive’ falls into three parts. Firstly a reflection on the last 30 years, that is, both the successes and failures which have affected women’s lives in Oxford, nationally and internationally. Secondly it is about present issues which might affect women’s lives. Finally it is about hopes for the future.

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Wednesday 13th March 7-9pm

Oxford and District Labour Women’s Group

Oxford Labour Women’s Herstory Quiz

Oxford Town Hall

St Aldates Oxford


Free Event (donations welcome – all money raised will go to local charities that benefit women)/All Welcome/Wheelchair Access

Celebrate the radical women of Oxford and the world with this fun, friendly, feminist quiz. All ages, all genders welcome (Labour or not!) There will be opportunities to find out more about the work of LPWG during the evening.

No booking needed

For more information email info@OxfordLabour.org.uk



 Thursday 14th March 1.30pm and 7.30pm (1 hour long)

Arts at the Old Fire Station

SOLD: The Mary Prince Story

 Arts at the Old Fire Station

40 George Street



All welcome/Wheelchair Access/Booking essential

1831: Mary Prince’s narrative shocks Britain.

Two years later, the Abolition of The Slave Trade Act is passed. Mary’s story helped end slavery.

A solo show with cultural explosions of song, passionate dramatic narrative and storytelling theatre brings Mary’s words to life.

Kuumba Nia Arts

Cost of admission £10/£8: to book tickets www.oldfirestation.org.uk

For more information email tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk  or call 01865 263990


 Friday 15th March 6.00 for 6.30-9pm

Oxford Hindu Temple and Community Centre Project


OIWF End of Festival Dinner

Rose Hill Community Centre – Main Hall

Carole’s Way

Rose Hill



Booking essential/All Welcome/Wheelchair Access

The end of Festival will commence with Indian live music and speeches by notable women from political, educational and social services backgrounds. It will be followed by a 3-course Indian home-cooked meal, Indian classical dance and demonstrations of putting on evening dress from Pakistan and India and Syria. The dinner also coincides with the Persian Nouw Roz and Indian Spring Festival of Colours – Holi and the Pakistani Festival of Basant…so do come & experience some Henna artistry and Rangoli.

Cost of dinner £22.50 per person and £20.00 – Concessions (over 65)

To book email chintakallie@hotmail.com



Saturday 16th March 2.30-4.30pm

Unison Oxfordshire County Branch

Women Trade Unionists – how far have we come?

East Oxford Community Centre

Princes Street



Free Event/All Welcome/Wheelchair Access

Has women being active in trade unions enabled us to thrive or merely survive in the workplace. Do we still need self -organised groups, reserved seats or have we achieved full equality? Explore these and other related issues with us.

With a range of speakers from the trade union movement.

Booking recommended: email Debbie Hollingsworth wedgedaisy@gmail.com


Monday 4th March 6.30-9pm (doors open 6pm)

Women and the 5 ‘Giant Evils’

West Oxford Community Centre

Botley Road



Free Event/All Welcome/Wheelchair Access

Published in November 1942, the Beveridge Report proposed widespread reforms to the system of social welfare to address five “Giant Evils” in society: squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease. The report promised rewards for everyone’s sacrifices but have women sacrificed too much and for what gain?

Open discussion with a panel of speakers selected to represent each of the relevant services.

Booking recommended: email Debbie Hollingsworth wedgedaisy@gmail.com


 Tuesday 5th March 7-9pm

Network of Oxford Women, Sponsored by Oxford and District Trades Council

Network of Oxford Women Annual Lecture:

More women MPs needed!

The Court Room

Oxford Town Hall

St Aldates



Free Event/All Welcome/Wheelchair Access

A talk about what life in Parliament is like for women MPs. The barriers that they had to overcome. Useful skills for a demanding job. How they get their voice heard and how to persuade more women to become MPs.

Speaker: Hilary Baxter, author of A Woman’s Place is in the House

No booking needed. For more information contact sarahllasenby@gmail.com



 Tuesday 5th March 7.30-9.30pm

Oxford City Living Wage Campaign

Sisters! Fight for The Living Wage!

Oxford Town Hall

St Aldates


Free Event/All Welcome/ Wheelchair Access

Local women report on the campaign for the Oxford Living Wage (£10.02 per hour), work in unions and the community plus an international dimension. And what YOU can do to help!

No booking required.

For more information https://www.facebook.com/OxfordLivingWageCampaign/


Wednesday 6th March 5pm

Oxford Association for Women in Science  & Engineering (AWiSE) in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History &  Somerville College

Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Parks Road



Free/All Welcome/wheelchair access

“Black holes & spin offs”

Our speaker will describe her work in astrophysics research on black holes in our Galaxy and the engagement of young people, especially girls, in developing countries into science.

Professor Katherine Blundell, OBE University of Oxford

No booking needed

For more information contact Dr Yasmin Robson 01865 750143 or email yrobson1@yahoo.com



Thursday 7th March 2-3.30pm

International Gender Studies Centre at LMH

“Barbara Harrell-Bond: A life not ordinary” a documentary

screening of documentary, discussion and Q&A

Lady Margaret Hall

Norham Gardens



Free/All Welcome/Sorry, no wheelchair access

Through the prism of an extraordinary life, this documentary explores the achievements of the late Barbara Harrell-Bond – academic, refugee activist and life-long advocate of refugee rights. Her recent passing makes this a most poignant and timely contribution to the Festival.

Former colleagues will provide context for documentary on life and activism of a long-time Oxford resident

Booking recommended: Email: igs.admin@lmh.ox.ac.uk

For more information contact 01865 274281



Thursday 7th March 7.30-9.30pm

Open Screen (supported by Film Oxford)

Women’s Film Night at Open Screen: Oxford’s ‘Open Mic’ Film Night

Film Oxford

54 Catherine Street



Free Event (please bring drinks and snacks to share)/All Welcome/Wheelchair Access

An evening of empowering films by and about women, including the films made on the Women’s 3 Day Production course the same week (see filmoxford.org/training). Meet local filmmakers, share ideas and see how films can create change.

Hosted by Zoe Broughton

Booking recommended by 7th March meetup.com/open-screen-oxford

For more information contact office@filmoxford.org


Saturday 9th March 2-4pm

Freedom From Torture, Oxfordshire Members Group

‘Lost and Found’

Garden Room, Friends Meeting House

43 St Giles



Free (donations welcome)/All welcome/Wheelchair access

Freedom from Torture’s ‘Write to Life’ group share moving, surprising, darkly humorous stories in prose & song. Followed by discussion on how creativity can overcome public indifference to asylum issue; also discussion on special problems faced by female asylum seekers, led by lawyer Jennifer Obaseki

No booking needed

For more information contact 01865 552550 or 01993 700162 or email freedomfromtortureoxford@hotmail.com




Saturday 9th March 2.00-10pm

Young Women’s Music Project



1 Aristotle Lane




£5 recommended donation, but no-one will be turned away for lack of funds/All Welcome/Wheelchair access

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, we are proud to present WO-MAN-ITY, an Oxfordshire based festival curated by youth empowerment charity Young Women’s Music Project based this year at Makespace. Through performances, workshops and talks, WO-MAN-ITY provides a forum for people of all genders and ages to come together to create, learn and discuss gender-based issues that affect our day-to-day lives.

Booking recommended: for booking or more information email info@ywmp.org.uk




Saturday 9th March 2-4pm

Windrush Years – Next Generations 2018 -2019


The exhibition consisting of oral histories of local Windrush generation members, via the Museum’s listening post. A reconstruction of the a typical West Indian/Caribbean Front Room/Living Room of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

The Gallery

Museum of Oxford

Town Hall

Sr Aldates


OX1 1DX.

For further information contact: Junie James 07542976 470 or

Email:junie.ackhi03@gmail.com ackhi03@gmail.com https://www.ackhi.org

African Caribbean & African Kultural Heritage Initiative (ACKHI)


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 Sunday 10th March 12.00-5pm

Creators of Peace UK

A Space to Thrive

Talking Shop and Sandford Village Hall

The Village Hall

Henley Rd


Oxford OX4


There is a direct bus from Oxford to the venue

Parking available

Free event/All Welcome/Wheelchair access

Donations welcome on the day for Creators of Peace. Cakes/food there will be a small charge.

Join us for a relaxing and rejuvenating afternoon of tea, food, home made cakes, music, inspiring stories from our exhibition, creative workshops and more.  For more info please email or visit our Facebook page.

elizabeth.laskar@iofc.org  and miranda.shaw@iofc.org




Monday 11th March 10am-12.30pm

The Hummingbird Lodge

Our Love is Our Power

A cosy cabin in East Oxford.

Address confirmed on booking

Free Event (donations welcome)/All welcome/No Wheelchair Access

“It is time to return to balance, and for this, women must lead.” Sharon rebalancing. 

Led by Jackie Singer

Booking essential: email jackie@thehummingbirdlodge.com

For more information contact Jackie Singer 07984 154203




Monday 11th March 6.30-8.30pm

Oxfordshire Green Party

Women, gender and progressive politics: a conversation

Oxford Brookes University

Gypsy Lane



Free Event/All Welcome/Wheelchair Access

A panel of women from politics and grass-roots movements talking about women and gender in progressive politics. There will be time for Q & A, and discussion from the floor. Organised by Oxfordshire Green Party.

Light refreshments will be available

Booking recommended via website www.greenoxfordshire.com

For more information contact Kate Robinson katejorobinson@gmail.com


Tuesday 12th March, 6.30-8.30pm

Ultimate Picture Palace

Film Showing: 9-5

Ultimate Picture Palace

Jeune Street

Cowley Road



All Welcome/Wheelchair Access

Pour yourself a cup of ambition! As relevant today as it was when it was first released, this 1980s classic, starring Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton, celebrates the power of female friendship. Screening introduced by former Unison National Officer, Heather Wakefield, who is now Chair of Maternity Action and Visiting Fellow at Greenwich University

Booking essential online www.uppcinema.com, by phone 01865 245 288 or at the box office

£9.50 adults, £8.50 seniors, £8 students/claimants

Fringe Events


Monday 11th -Tuesday 18th March

17th Oxford Human Rights Festival: ACTIVISM

Oxford Brookes University

Gipsy Lane



Free Event/All Welcome/Wheelchair Access

Now in its 17th year, the Oxford Human Rights Festival, organised by students at Oxford Brookes University, aims to raise awareness of human rights issues through the arts. This year the programme of events centres around the theme of ACTIVISM

Booking required for some events, please check the website www.oxfordhumanrightsfestival.net

For more information contact Angela Hatherell ahatherell@brookes.ac.uk



Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd April 7.30-10pm (both days)

Arts at the Old Fire Station

Rouse, Ye Women

Arts at the Old Fire Station

40 George Street



All welcome/Wheelchair Access/Booking essential

A new folk opera about Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers, the hundreds of women who laid down their tools in 1910 to strike for a living wage.

★★★★ – The Guardian on We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!

Townsend Theatre Productions

Booking essential: £12/£10 www.oldfirestation.org.uk

For more information email tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk or call 01865 263990


Thursday 28th February 7.30-8.30pm

Arts at the Old Fire Station

Hymns for Robots

Arts at the Old Fire Station

40 George Street



All welcome/Wheelchair Access/Booking essential

The story of the unsung genius behind the Doctor Who theme tune: Delia Derbybshire, the first woman to work for the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop. With strange sounds and weird wobbulations, this is a sonic experience your ears won’t believe.

Noctium Theatre

Booking essential, for tickets contact www.oldfirestation.org.uk

For more information email tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk  or call 01865 263990





Thursday 28th February 7.30-9.15pm

Cuba Solidarity

Setting the bar high – 60 years of women’s rights in Cuba.

The Court Room,

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates,



Free (retiring collection)/All Welcome/wheelchair access

60 years ago, Cuban women and men fought for freedom from brutal dictatorship. The Federation of Cuban Women grew from this dynamic involvement. Join our discussion, led by Natasha Hickman, on how women’s rights survive and thrive in socialist Cuba.

Natasha Hickman, Cuba Solidarity Campaign Communications Manager. Editor of CubaSí magazine.

No booking needed.

For more information call 01235 811728 or email cubasolidarityoxford@yahoo.co.uk



Friday 1st March 7.30-9.30pm

Oxfordshire Branch Communist Party of Britain

They made history – revolutionary feminist women who helped change the world.

The Lounge and Community Bar

East Oxford Community Centre

Princes Street, Oxford, OX4 1DD

Free (retiring collection)/All Welcome/wheelchair access/

Rosa Luxembourg, Eleanor Marx, Clara Zeitkin, Nadezhda Krupskaya, Alexandra Kollontai and others – feminist revolutionaries whose radical ideas helped shape our world. Join the discussion on the contributions these early pioneers made for working class women’s emancipation, equality and rights.

Discussion Forum led by local activists.

No booking needed


For more information call 07769 557664 or email oxford@communist-party.org.uk