The Oh Yeah Music Centre has announced the details of its fourthWomen’sWorkprogramme. The festival, which is an annual celebration of women in music, will take place across five days and nights and includes a range of activities that are open to all genders and include showcases, gigs, special events, panels, talks, andworkshops.
One of the highlights for 2019 includes the Belfast debut of The Guilty Feminist. The award-winning Podcast presented by Deborah Frances-White will be recorded live at the Limelight 1 on Saturday 8th June.
The festival also involves shows from Alana Henderson at the Strand, a Start Together party with Queen Zee at the Limelight 2, and Hannah Peel will be taking part in the Oh Yeah Getting To Know series. Derry author Geraldine Quigley of ‘Music Love Drugs War’ will be talking to Women Aloud. Weather permitting, Brigid O’Neill is this years’ intimate rooftop artist at Oh Yeah, and Bird & Bramble is paying tribute to Blondie. There’s a screening of Bad Reputation, which documents the story of Joan Jett, and there’s a woman of Irish Hip Hop night presented by Elixer.
The programme is busy and there’s also the annualWomen’sWorkShowcase to look forward to. This event will play host to the freshest new sounds from the likes of Wynona Bleach, Molly Sterling, DENA, Gemma Bradley, Gender Chores and more!
Severalworkshops, talks and advice sessions will feature from the likes of Girls Rock School NI, Female DIY Tribe, GIRL and Musicians’ Union. Escuelas de Paz & Beyond Skin will also host a conversation with special guest Genesis, a Columbian Beauty Queen, activist and musician, which is sure to be a fascinating discussion.
Underpinning four of the events this year is ‘Women In Music’, a funding initiative through Help Musicians NI. One of these is FairPlé, a campaign to achieve gender balance in Traditional Music and Folk. They will present a series of talks and discussions at the Duncairn Arts Centre.
Women’sWorkis supported by Help Musicians NI and Keith Millar regional manager said, “Everyone at Help Musicians NI is really pleased to be continuing our collaboration, as the official charity partner to the fantasticWomen’sWorkfestival, into the third year. The goals of the charity andWomen’sWorkare very much in tandem as we push to build, support and nurture diversity in the music industry. In that spirit, in addition to our own activity, we are very pleased to have four of the recipients of our Women In Music (WiM) NI Fund showcasing at this year’s festival. The WiM NI Fund is a bespoke fund specific to NI launched atWomen’sWorkin 2018, which is designed to support organisations and established collectivesworking to promote gender equality and the role of women in music. At Help Musicians NI we’re proud and excited to see the fruits of some of our beneficiaries’ labours displayed at the festival one year on.”
Charlotte Dryden of Oh Yeah said “It’s shaping up to be another brilliant year. We’re absolutely delighted that the Guilty Feminist is making its Belfast debut as part of the festival. As for the rest of the programme, the level of collaborativeworking, shared ideas and ethos is humbling and it makes us proud to be able to facilitate, host and showcase so many initiatives. Thanks to Help Musicians NI for getting behind the festival, their support has been solid and we are proud to partner with them again for 2019.”
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