Celebrate this year's International Women's Day in Bristol with events ranging from music, to poetry, informative talks, debate, tours and more...

Womxn in Music Month at The Canteen - 1-31 March

To celebrate the amazing pool of female talent here in Bristol and further afield, The Canteen’s March programme has been specially curated to showcase female-identifying performers and encourage audiences to discover new acts and sounds every day of the month!

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Coven at St George's Bristol - 6 March

Coven is the collective of three of the most formidable and forthright acts on the British folk scene - the harmonic songwriting duo O’Hooley & Tidow, enchanting BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Finalists Lady Maisery, and Leicester songwriter, activist and performer Grace Petrie. Experience these thought provoking, heartfelt, entertaining and enthralling women performing individually and collectively on one stage to celebrate International Women’s Day at St George’s Bristol.

International Women’s Day with Celestine at No.1 Harbourside - 8 March

Neo soul music singer Celestine will be celebrating her heritage through dance and song at No. 1 Harbourside from 11pm.

Shades of Our Lives at Bristol Old Vic - 8 March

Seven ladies from Bristol-based theatre company Black Women Let Loose, are putting on a special show to celebrate International Women’s Day. Comprising inventive short pieces exploring topics such as identity, connection and belonging, Shades of our Lives is based on the actors’ life experiences, presented in a witty, honest and eclectic way. All profits go to Bristol Black Carers.

Where to celebrate International women's day 2019 in bristol

Image - Bristol Old Vic, credit Jon Craig

International Women's Day - Balance for Better in Business, Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa - 8 March

Taking the International Women's Day theme of 'balance for better', the panel will be exploring what it means in practical terms for business men and women of Bristol and how we can bring parity to the gender balance in our working lives.

International Women's Day at Aerospace Bristol - 8 March

Join Aerospace Bristol for special Spotlight Talks as they celebrate the extraordinary women who shaped the path of aviation history. Talks are free with your standard admission ticket.

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International Women's Day Special featuring Ria & Rhi at The Bristol Improv Theatre - 8 March

This year the BIT celebrates International Women's Day with a line up of fantastic female talent, featuring visiting and homegrown acts. Rhiannon Vivian and Maria Peters have been improvising as a duo for over a decade. Together they create stories, characters and entire worlds all inspired by the audience. With support from the BIT's brand new all-female short form troupe, directed by Michelle Graham McMorrow (Short & Girlies).

Celebrate Women in Business day with TREE AID - 8 March

Bristol-based charity TREE AID are hosting a Business Networking Event to celebrate female empowerment. Guest speakers include Nicky Marshall, the Founder of Discover Your Bounce and Angela de Souza, Managing Director of The Women's Business Club.

International Women’s Day, St Paul’s Learning Centre, 8 March

Hear four of Bristol’s 100 most influential women speak at Solon South West Housing Association, United Communities and SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality); Jean Smith MBE, Ruth Pitter, Shaheen Chaudhry and Hanna Ahmed.

Peachin' #008 at Faraway Cocktail Club, Small Street - 8 March

To celebrate International Womens Day, Faraway Cocktail Club’s Peachin’ nights are bringing a line-up of female DJs who'll be mixing a multitude of genres to get you shimmying! 

International Women’s Day 2019; Brave, Bold & Bonkers! - 8 March

Freelance Mum is hosting their showcase event – Brave, Bold & Bonkers! for the fifth year running. Held at Redmaid’s High Junior School, female speakers will include Ginnie Odetayo who competed for the Great Britain Stand Up Paddleboard World Championships in China 2018, Sarah Pullen, Regional Managing Director of Trinity Mirror plc and Paulina Gillespie, Heart breakfast presenter, with ice-breaker from Helene Jewell, from Jewell Faciliation.

Day of Celebration for 18th Century Heroine at the New Room - 9 March

John Wesley's Chapel, 'The New Room' in Bristol Shopping Quarter is celebrating 350 years since Susanna Wesley - a remarkable woman who is recognised as the ‘Mother of Methodism’ - was born. There will dramatic readings and talks in recognition of Susanna’s life, with a workshop and time for prayer throughout the day.

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Image - John Wesley's Chapel, The New Room, credit Huntley Hedworth

Wonderful Women’s Tour at Arnos Vale Cemetery - 9 March

Arnos Vale Cemetery is the place of remembrance for an estimated 150,000 women and girls from Bristol's history. This walking tour aims to tell some of their stories, focusing on the interesting, talented, great and good women remembered here from Victorian, Edwardian and 20th century Bristol, often hidden from historic records.

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Image - Arnos Vale Cemetery, credit Paul Box

That Thing on International Women's Day at Take 5 CAfe - 8-9 March

An all female DJ line up - Fauzia (NTS), Ffinn (Slugwife), Minnie Malloi, Misogyfist, Miss Kendal and RotS - will be spinning some tunes in aid of a good cause at this underground electronic music club night. All profits go to the Bloody Good Period campaign via Aid Box Community, helping to fight period poverty amongst Bristol's refugee communities.

International Women's Day Rusties at Bristol Cathedral Choir School - 10 March

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Bristol Music Trust are hosting a BSO Rusty & Not So Rusty Musician’s day in Bristol, featuring works by some of the greatest female composers. International Women’s Day Rusties is open to everyone, whether you are an up-and-coming young musician, or just want to get back into playing. With professional coaching from BSO musicians, the day will culminate in a public performance at 4.15pm to friends and family.

That's What She Said BRS: feat. Iona Lee, Loko Klub - 19 March

Showcasing the best new writing, performance, poetry, storytelling and slam by womxn and non-binary writers, plus iconic and emerging authors, expect fierce, fabulous feminist spoken word, hosted by DIY punk poet, Bridget Hart.

The Women Who Built Bristol author talk at Arnos Vale Cemetery - 23 March 

Later in the month, Arnos Vale welcome author Jane Duffus, who will be giving a fascinating talk about 'The Women Who Built Bristol' as part of their International Women's Day events. Hear more tales of inspiring women (and dogs) and discover the overlooked women's history of Bristol. 

Where to celebrate international women's day 2019 in Bristol

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