International Women’s Day Festival Application

 

A festival celebrating feminism, creative resistance and positive change

 

Artists and imaginative thinkers have always been at the forefront of raising awareness of inequality, injustice, and oppression through creative expression. Now, technology and new media have boosted the reach and influence of creative resistance. On International Women’s Day, March 8th and March 9th, 2019, our goal is to foster a unique dialogue with our community about leveraging creative expression to address sex and gender-based inequalities and to bring about positive change. This will be a dynamic day of discussions, workshops, art and performances that inspire and allow our community to creatively co-create change together.

This is an event for the community by our community and we need you! Are you a creative changemaker? We are looking for speakers, performers, artists, crafters, musicians, comedians, designers, yarn bombers and more.

 

Event objectives:

Raise awareness and promote gender equity locally and globally;

Highlight transformative and creative approaches being taken towards gender equity;

Build connection between campus and community partners to inspire further action in a movement towards gender equity on and off campus.

 

Sample Schedule: Subject to Change

 

Event streams:

  1. Big picture and thought bombs.

What is the current state of play as it relates to the intersection of art and activism? How is creative expression being leveraged to create change, bring about social justice and advance gender equity? Who are the trailblazers, what are they doing to break out of the mold and capture attention/hit people on an emotional level?  What has been the response and or challenges? What are recommendations or opportunities for moving forward? Talks and performances should align with one or more of the event objectives. Special attention will be given to members of under-represented groups such as LGBTQ2S, Indigenous, newcomer and refugee, people with disabilities.

  1. Join the jam: turning culture on its head.

This stream includes talks, workshops, panels and sessions that explore ways that groups and individuals subvert and reclaim dominate culture to forward a feminist or social change agenda. Examples or topics can be drawn from: design, visual arts, craft, theatre, music, humour, activism, placemaking and more. Talks and performances should align with one or more of the event objectives. Activities should be interactive, engaging and offer a ‘call to action’. Special attention will be given to members of under-represented groups such as LGBTQ2S, Indigenous, newcomer and refugee, people with disabilities.

  1. Crafting our own culture.

This stream includes talks, workshops, panels and sessions that explore ways in which artists and activists are using their own voices to create a movement culture that is unique from the mainstream. Examples or topics can be drawn from: design, visual arts, craft, theatre, music, humour, activism, placemaking and more. Talks and performances should align with one or more of the event objectives. Activities should be interactive, engaging and offer a ‘call to action’. Special attention will be given to members of under-represented groups such as LGBTQ2S, Indigenous, newcomer and refugee, people with disabilities.

  1. Creative expression = amplifying action.

This stream includes talks, workshops, panels and sessions that explore ways that groups and individuals can power up their existing outreach and actions through creative tactics in order to create positive change. Examples or topics can be drawn from: design, visual arts, crafts, theatre, music, humour, activism, placemaking and more. Talks and performances should align with one or more of the event objectives. Activities should be interactive, engaging and offer a ‘call to action’. Special attention will be given to members of under-represented groups such as LGBTQ2S, Indigenous, newcomer and refugee, people with disabilities.

 

Think you or your group are a good fit for the festival programming?                                                  Fill out this form with your proposal in brief below: