Women’s Day Festival at the MAC

To mark International Women’s Day this year, the MAC has launched a week-long festival of events and discussions which will educate, celebrate and encourage debate around universal feminist issues.

Melissa Henry, Marketing & Communications Officer at the MAC, Dr. Yassin Brunger, Lecturer in Human Rights Law and Co-Director of the Queens University, Belfast, Gender Network and Lynne Carvill, Chief Exec at WOMEN'STEC at the launch of the International Women's Day Festival at the MAC
 
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Melissa Henry, Marketing & Communications Officer at the MAC, Dr. Yassin Brunger, Lecturer in Human Rights Law and Co-Director of the Queens University, Belfast, Gender Network and Lynne Carvill, Chief Exec at WOMEN'STEC at the launch of the International Women's Day Festival at the MAC Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The Festival is set to run from March 4-11, and aims to cover topics such as fertility, maternity rights, menopause, mental health, sex and gender equality, as well as new events for children, focusing on feminist role models and body positivity.

Jen White, Creative Programming Manager at the MAC said: “Our International Women’s Day Festival at the MAC aims to provide a platform for our audiences, artists, academics and activists to share experiences and explore subjects with empathy and acceptance at their heart.

“We asked our audiences what they wanted to talk about and designed a programme of events that reflected that. There is no such thing as taboo topics and we’ll be tackling misinformation relating to gynaecology and contraception, among other really interesting and important issues.”

As well as contributions from a number of leading local women, the festival will open with ‘Lunch at The Vagina Museum’ and an ‘in conversation’ event with activist, model and writer, Munroe Bergdorf.

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    All events will take place remotely and in accordance with public health guidelines, so audiences will be virtual.

    Jen continued: “A pandemic won’t stand in the way of the MAC hosting this unique festival, with the events accessible online so people can tune in from wherever they are in the world. This means we’re able to open the MAC virtually to as many people as possible. This year, for the first time, we have also introduced a pay what you can afford model including a free option to make the festival as inclusive as we possibly can. We have an outstanding line-up of contributors, so we expect lively discussions, interesting insight and plenty of laughs along the way.”

    For more information or to book tickets, visit themaclive.com.