International Women’s Day 2012 is all about celebration and history. Museums and galleries across the country are acting as focal points, from the Smith Art Gallery in Stirling, which hosts readings, an acapella singing group and food on Saturday evening, to Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum, where organisations including Women’s Aid and the Minority Ethnic Women’s Network are among the visitors today.
While it would be impossible to comprehensively cover the entire programme, some of the festivals being held are certainly as inspiring as their subjects.
Wisewords, a group supporting female writers, artists and performers, hosts a month of activities in London including an International Women’s Fair at Spitalfields Market (March 10), mixed media installations exploring memories of the Cold War (Studio 75, from March 30) and guided tours of the Women’s Library at London Met University.
The latter also hosts an exhibition on The Story of Women and Work, the programme for which can be downloaded here.
Wolverhampton Women’s Week has a lengthy and enticing line-up full of creative activities and thoughtful events (find out more on their Facebook page) and Brecon Women's Festival, in the Georgian National Park town, will witness talks, music, performance and exhibitions between now and Sunday March 11.
Elsewhere the annual Women’s March through Liverpool starts from the Peace Gardens on Saturday.
Among the more eye-catching events in the capital, the British Library hosts Thrive, a conference on March 9 aimed at doubling the percentage of female entrepreneurs during the next 20 years.
Visit www.internationalwomensday.com for a full list of events and much more.