SheFest in #SheffAfter5

Now in its fourth year, SheFest is set to be bigger than ever in 2018, as organisers celebrate both International Women’s Day and one hundred years since the first women were granted the right to vote in the UK.

The week-long fringe festival has been running since 2015, and is centred around International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March. SheFest champions women’s rights and equality through inclusive events, workshops, activities, film screenings, and more.

Everyone is welcome to join the conversation, which this year is focused on reflecting on the achievements of the past, celebrating the victories of the present and looking forward to the future. Events are taking place across the city centre throughout SheFest, we’ve picked out some of our choices for enjoying SheFest in #SheffAfter5, or you can view the full programme of events online.

Café Scientifique

The Showroom / 5 March / 7pm – 8:30pm

Café Scentifique is a place where science enthusiasts, whether professional or not, gather to discuss developments in the field. In celebration of SheFest, an all-women panel will be presenting their research and the difficulties they face, this will be followed by a Q&A. Register for free tickets on The Showroom website.

Reel Femme present Venus

DINA / 6 March / 7pm – 10pm

Join Reel Femme for an exclusive screening of Mette Carla Albrechtsen and Lea Glob’s Venus, a powerful documentary which explores female sexuality and desire. The film seeks to encourage discussion about the diverse experiences of women in their own words. A donation of £3 is suggested for this event.

Our Mel presents #MeFree

Theatre Deli / 6 March / 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Join Our Mel at Theatre Deli for three hours of uplifting activities, inspirational speakers, and more. In response to the #MeToo movement and the work of black activist Tarana Burke, Our Mel hopes to inspire, empower, and bring women together. This event is open to self-identifying women, and women of colour are particularly encouraged to attend.

Black Glamour Art Exhibition

Trippets Lounge Bar / 7 March / 6pm – 9pm

Artist Lorelle Skelton, the woman behind Black on Paper, will be celebrating women of colour from Sheffield in her first solo art exhibition. Lorelle uses photography, text and graphic elements to create digital collages which explore the themes of beauty, identity, self-esteem and femininity. Tickets are free and available on Eventbrite.

Women in Comedy

Crucible Theatre / 9 March / 5:30pm – 7pm

Join theatre-maker and academic Natalie Diddams for a lively and practical workshop to unlock your inner funny women. In this women-only workshop, budding comics will be given the opportunity to explore various styles of comedy in a safe space. Tickets are free, email n.diddams@yahoo.co.uk to book your place.

Adventures in Menstruating with Chella Quint

The Jara Room @ DINA / 9 March / 7:30pm – 10pm

Join comedian and teacher Chella Quint for a #periodpositive comedy show which uses song and dance to challenge period poverty. Hang around after the gig to hear Chella and other female comics in a Q&A hosted by Natalie Diddams. Tickets are priced at £5/£6 and available on Eventbrite.

Forked Theatre presents Motherlogues

Theatre Deli / 10 March / 7:30pm – 10pm

Motherlogues is a show that looks at all aspects of motherhood, with the term covering a plethora of subjects and stories from Sheffield women. This strong all-female cast will work together to form monologues from real, local women they have spoken to, to deliver a show of raw, unfiltered stories. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Genderland: SheFest Closing Party

Foodhall / 11 March / 7pm – 11pm

Closing SheFest 2018, Genderland @ Foodhall will launch the first instalment of FIONA’s Songs of Experience Project, showcase some fantastic female musicians and raise money for Foodhall, an organisation that supports the Sheffield community by encouraging meal sharing and reducing food waste. Tickets are available through Party For The People.