how to celebrate iwd in brighton

With International Women’s Day coming up on Monday, we’ve put together some of the city’s best events celebrating women and helping to ‘break the bias’ to create an inclusive world.

IWD celebration at Brighton Dome
This is always one of our favourites because it’s so varied, inclusive, and, let’s face it, free. (Although you should absolutely donate to host Brighton Women’s Centre if you can.) This year sees the welcome return of the Feminist Bookshop’s on-site pop-up, there’s a Q&A with Brighton’s Free The Nipple movement and The Sassy Show, an introduction to comedy writing workshop, a very timely panel discussion on women’s safety, a Bollywood dance performance, and a buzzing singing workshop led by the Rainbow Chorus’ musical director. You can find the full programme here.
Saturday, 5th March; 10am-4pm; free (workshops are pay-as-you-feel)
Concert Hall Foyer, Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Life drawing at the Feminist Bookshop
On International Women’s Day itself, the Feminist Bookshop has teamed up with figurative artist Bella Franks for an evening of life drawing. Expect a relaxed session surrounded by beautiful books with some fun warm-up exercises to get you started, followed by poses of different lengths. It’s suitable for all levels, with Bella offering tips throughout. All you need is something to draw with and on! So whether you’ve got a full artist’s studio fit-out at home or just an old chewed-down biro and some scraps of paper, you’re good to go.
Tuesday, 8th March; 7pm; £13.52 (includes a tea, soft drink or mocktail)
Life drawing tickets

Kickass Women at Plat9rm
This is the third edition of this day-long programme of talks and workshops and it’s looking to be just as good as its predecessors this year. Listen to awe-inspiring stories from brilliant women doing brilliant things (online or in person). Just some of the women on the varied bill for 2022 include writer, actress and performer Juno Dawson; co-director of Lewes FC Karen Dobres; Afghan student, engineer and Unicef activist Somaya Faruqi and dominatrix and empowerment coach Miss Erica Storm. The day wraps with a closing party in P9’s events area with a DJ and margaritas courtesy of Mama’s Cocktail Bar.
Saturday, 5th March; 10am-9.30pm; from free
Platf9rm, The Grounds, Hove Town Hall, Church Road, Hove BN3 2AF

Kickass Women tickets

This brilliant Brighton-based, queer, feminist arts festival kicks off its third edition on Monday, 7th March. They’re back with another fantastic line-up featuring a variety of events from life drawing and award-winning theatre to poetry, musical comedy and even origami (this is Femigami so we’re talking unconventional creations like vulvas and penises here, not swans). You can check out the full line-up and buy tickets here.
Monday, 7th – Sunday, 13th March; various times and prices
Tickets are available from

FemFest Brighton