Female Voices events create opportunities for women from different backgrounds to share experiences and ideas while enjoying art, comedy, food, music and performances. We work with a variety of partner organisations to create inviting arts spaces for diverse groups of women to make connections and engage in dialogue.
We are currently developing a Festival programme, What Women Believe, that will premiere in Spring 2016. At its heart an exhibition of portraits and histories will celebrate the contributions of amazing women from the diverse communities of one London borough:
What Women Believe will celebrate women from across London’s diverse faith and belief communities, unearthing hidden stories of women who have made an impact on the lives of others. We need you to make this happen!
Nominate a woman in London online now to make their story known! We are looking particularly for women over 60.
All nominations will be shared in our online gallery, showing the myriad ways in which women have shaped diverse communities across London.
A selection of nominated women will be selected to feature in an artistic collaboration bringing together oral history, photography and installation to create a zine and exhibition programme exploring gender, identity and belief in London.
15 January 2015: An incredible feast of music, story-telling, cooking and eating featuring chef Fabienne Viner-Luzzato and Sophie Herzheimer.
27 November 2014: An evening of music, poetry and storytelling featuring the Cave Collective, Pearls of Islam and Special Guests.
11 September 2014: Panel discussion hosted by Jumoké Fashola on the theme of: Shutting up, putting up, speaking out: How are UK women challenging convention? The panel featured female artists, campaigners and activists including, Onjali Rauf (Making Her - story Founder & Director), Delaine Le Bas (English Romany, Artist and Activist), Bumi Thomas (Singer Songwriter and Campaigner), Dina Brawer (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Ambassador) and Melt - em Avcil (Former child detainee and Campaigner).
Discussion followed by a rich line up of performances including award winning kora player Sona Jobarteh, singer and spoken word artist FLOetic Lara and singer-songwriter, and fusing jazz, blues, folk and reggae, Bumi Thomas.
October 2013: A panel discussion - Feminist Action - On the right track? - chaired by BBC correspondent Razia Iqbal, and featured Laura Bates (Everyday Sexism Project), Julie Siddiqi (Islamic Society of Britain), Jacqueline Nicholls (Artist) and Dr. Althea Legal-Miller (King's College London). Discussion followed by a rich line up of performances including The Venus Bushfires (pictured) and Eliza Shaddad, as well as spoken word poetry from Rachel Rose Reid, Zena Edwards and Sabrina Mahfouz.
November 2012: An evening featuring a panel discussion on “Women as Agents of Change”; performance by Rachel Rose-Reid, Rachel Mars and Sukinah Islam; food by Mazi Mas ; and music from Pearls of Islam.
Female Voices Partners
“Lovely hearing so many smart, passionate women speaking up and being heard in our own space.”
Female Voices Visitor 2013
“It was the best feminist event I’ve ever been to because we had a genuine conversation about relevant issues and really challenged each other. Normally I don’t feel progress has been made.”
Female Voices Visitor 2014