Turn it Up and Disrupt

a festival celebrating gender equity + creative mobilization + the art of positive change

This International Women’s Day, take part in an exciting festival that will inspire, educate and mobilize our community to creatively tackle gender-based inequities, and bring about positive change.
Explore creative expression through three dynamic days of intersectional feminist discussions, performances, workshops and art exhibits. Buy your festival pass now!

The event organizers would like to acknowledge that this event will take place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

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Thursday, March 7

Museum Of Anthropology | Doors 7 PM | FREE with Museum Admission

Sound House: International Women’s Day Edition

It’s women front and centre for a thrilling night of music at this special edition of Sound House, MOA’s new monthly music series. Bring your friends and dancing shoes for this fantastic line-up of local women musicians who will wow us with all night with jazz, funk-soul and hip hop. Admission to MOA on Thursday nights is $10 – or free if you are UBC staff, faculty, a UBC resident or an Indigenous person.

Featuring Feven Kidane, Old Soul Rebel, Missy D, Kimmortal, JB the First Lady, and Char Loro and  a crew of street dancers

Friday, March 8

The UBC Life Building | 2-7 pm | FREE


The Life Concourse will be animated with installations and booths representing groups, clubs and artists from on and off campus. Workshops on race and gender, healthy masculinity and more will be followed by performances from local and student artists. This day also features a special collaboration with students from Dr. Mary Chapman’s English 490 course on US Suffrage Literature who present a modern day spin on timeless techniques of mobilization as well as an exhibition of work by Jessie Tarbox Beals, a Canadian photographer who was one of the first women in the United States to have a career as a photojournalist.

Saturday, March 9

Arts and Culture District Venues | 9:30am – 5pm | $10-25


students: $10 + tax & fees 
faculty + staff: $20 + tax and fees
UBC residents + alumni : $20 + tax and fees
general public  $25 + tax and fees

If you are facing a financial barrier that might prohibit your participation in this event, please do not hesitate to contact us at adrienne.ahn@ubc.ca

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This opening panel discusses the opportunity before us now. How do we creatively amplify a momentum towards gender equity that is truly inclusive, particularly for those who have been traditionally underrepresented? How do we push for meaningful shifts in our culture from all angles and sides of the issue? How do we inspire and strengthen a movement where everyone is onboard?

Author Leanne Prain (Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit, Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, and Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles) will take you on an exploratory tour of how artists and designers can use their work to activate social or political change.

DISSOLVE follows a college girl on a night out, one actress morphs between a flurry of 16 characters the girl encounters, both highly comedic and seriously compelling. Designed to provoke thought and dialogue about sexual consent, DISSOLVE entertains while challenging us to change our thinking and behavior surrounding alcohol, drugs and sexual assault. Directed by Renee Iaci and now starring Lucy McNulty. Brought to you by Shameless Hussy Productions.

Shane Sable of Virago Nation will lead this session which will provide participants with tools and confidence to prioritize and execute a self-care program with a decolonial lens that specifically addresses the lived experiences of colonized individuals/communities/cultures.


In collaboration with the UBC Art History Students Association, Visual Arts Students Association, the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, and concurrent with Art+Feminism events worldwide, the Belkin Art Gallery invites participants of all genders and expressions to join in a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Gallery. Annually each March, art and feminist communities around the world converge to correct Wikipedia’s gendered biases, to bolster the coverage of under-represented persons indexed within the ubiquitous online resource, and to encourage editorship. Join us and help balance the gender imbalance by creating and editing Wikipedia articles about female artists, feminist art movements, histories of cis and trans women and non-binary persons around the world. We will provide help for beginner Wikipedians, reference materials and refreshments. Bring your own laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. FREE! Learn more about what to bring + how to prepare.

Trans Scripts is a critically-acclaimed verbatim theatre (similar to the Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler), constructed from the words of real people. The play centers on the lives of seven transgender women characters whose true stories, told in their own words, are honest, funny, moving, insightful and inspiring. But most of all, they are human, shedding light not on our differences, but on what all people share. Co-Directed by Cameron Mackenzie (AD Zee Zee Theatre) and Fay Nass (AD The Frank Theatre) and featuring Carolynn Dimmer, Amy E. G. Fox, Morgane Oger, Jaylene McRae, Quanah Napoleon, Lisa Salazar and Sabrina Symington.

Co-Directors Cameron Mackenzie (AD Zee Zee Theatre) Fay Nass (AD The Frank Theatre) as well at their Trans Scripts cast of trans women discuss the play and take questions.

Inspired by Judy Chicago's 1979 visual artwork The Dinner Party, which invited accomplished women from history to fictional dinner party; Invite Her to the Table asks participants to invite women and femmes, to tell us who they value. Through participatory writing, they will invite women that they admire to attend a contemporary dinner party in 2019. This participatory writing project is presented by The Imprint, a literary collective in Vancouver that engages citizens through participatory writing projects.

Learn the basics with DJ O Show! Come to The School of Remix where Orene Askew aka DJ O Show teaches us that empowering diversity makes beautiful music. Understand more about what it's like to be a DJ and how you can get started in this exciting industry.

Founded in May 2016, Virago Nation is on a mission to reclaim Indigenous sexuality from the toxic effects of colonization. Virago Nation is a collective of Indigenous artists creating performance through burlesque, theatre, song and spoken word as well as workshops, and community networks rematriating indigenous sexuality. Through humour, seduction, pop culture and politics they will show that Indigenous women will not be confined to the colonial virgin-whore dichotomy but will design a new dynamic and multi-faceted sexual identity rooted in their own desires.

Marking the Infinite features the work of nine Aboriginal women, each from different remote regions of Australia. They are revered matriarchs and celebrated artists who are represented in the collections of the Australian National Gallery. The artists bring their ancient cultural knowledge into their contemporary artistic practice, and continue to create art to ensure their languages, land and knowledge survive in an increasingly digital world. Their works are steeped in the traditions of their communities and yet speak to the universal themes of our shared existence, revealing the continued relevance of Indigenous knowledge in understanding our time and place in this world. The exhibition is ongoing and admission is free this day with Festival Pass.

In the coming days, we will be announcing many more workshops, films and performances. Stay tuned!

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Notes about event venues and accessibility:

 Old Auditorium

  • There is a ramp leading into the building main entrance. There is an elevator in the lobby that can take anyone down to the basement for the accessible restroom.
  • There are no stairs inside the theatre and there is a reserved section for wheelchairs and walkers etc.
  • Parking at Fraser Parkade: There is a parking lot located a 5 minute walk away on Memorial Drive that has accessible parking.

Museum of Anthropology

  • MOA is a fully accessible building.
  • Parking: Three accessible paid parking spaces are available in front of MOA.
  • Attendants: MOA participates in the Access 2 Card program and grants free admission to attendants accompanying people with disabilities.
  • Wheelchairs: We have two wheelchairs that may be borrowed free of charge.
  • Seating: Racks of lightweight, portable seats are found in several locations within the Museum for your use.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions around accessibility or need a special accommodation.  For further questions please e-mail adrienne.ahn@ubc.ca.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our partners and sponsors:

Equity and Inclusion Equity Enhancement Fund

The Faculty of Arts

UBC Arts and Culture District

Campus and Community Planning

Centre for Community Engaged Learning

UBC Wellbeing

UBC Life Building

UBC Food Services

University Sustainability Initiative