it’s iwd and the launch of femfest mini arts festival

FemFest, the brilliant Brighton-based female, trans and non-binary-led arts festival is back for its second edition on Monday, 8th March, aka International Women’s Day.

Organised by Brighton theatre companies Girl Code Theatre and Sweet Productions, they’ve brought together a wide variety of different performances, from documentaries and films to poetry, comedy, discussions and immersive Zoom experiences (yep, it’s all online this year).

They’ve also put together a brilliant Spotify playlist for the festival!

Not only is the event a great chance to see some of the brilliant work being produced by local female, trans and non-binary artists, it’s also a fantastic way to support both them and the festival charity Survivors Network. A proportion of ticket sales will go towards the Brighton-based charity’s work in supporting people who have experienced sexual violence and abuse.

Here’s the full line-up:

Monday 8th, 7pm: 2 Gal Theatre Company with On Wednesdays We Drink Gin – a short film exploring women’s loved experiences through a phone screen

Tuesday 9th, 7pm: award-winning theatre-makers Thick ‘n’ Fast are bringing their work-in-progress show General Secretary, a satirical comedy tackling power through the female lens

Wednesday 10th, 7pm: Lava Elastic the UK’s first neurodiverse comedy, poetry and performance night

Thursday 11th, 7pm: Different Theatre and Heifer Productions will be screening their short film In Plain Sight, which explores the life of queer theatre director Gwen Lally

Thursday 11th, 8pm: Suver Nuver Productions will be screening their award-winning film The Mermaid & The Artist, which explores the male gaze through an artist’s obsession with a mermaid

Friday 12th, 7pm: The Feminist Bookshop and Naomi Wood are bringing female poets together for a special Zoom poetry night

Saturday 13th, 2pm: Sarah Johnson discusses Hungarian countess Elizabeth Báthory in a tantalising talk – was she a serial killer, a vampire queen or an inconvenient woman?

Saturday 13th, 4pm: The Consent Collective bring feminism, activism, well-being and healing to the festival with an exclusive talk from psychologist Nina Burrowes

Saturday 13th, various times: join Ellie Higgins for Pillow Talk, an evening of late-night one-on-one chats and reminiscing

Sunday 14th, 2pm: Girl Code Theatre are running MeToo Monologues, a writing workshop that explores harassment

Sunday 14th, 7pm: Girl Code Theatre with Still Not Getting It, a documentary that looks at harassment in Brighton during lockdown

Monday, 8th – Sunday, 14th March; various times and prices; from
Tickets are available from sweetvenues.com and sweetstream.co.uk

FemFest Brighton