Dundee Women's Festival



29th February – 14th March 2020

Women will be making waves throughout Dundee and Angus to entertain, educate and enhance their own lives as well as those of others during Dundee Women’s Festival 2020. This year’s theme “Women Making Waves” gives a nod to the Visit Scotland Year of Coasts and Waters 2020. The 2020 Festival also marks an amazing 20 years since its inception.

Dive into the opening event of Festival on 29th February, when Scottish Government Minister for Older People and Equalities, Christina McKelvie MSP, is the keynote speaker at “Feisty Women Making Waves” – a charity tackling injustice of accelerated pension changes, and developing innovative new thinking and inter-generational solutions to tackle enduring discrimination against women of all ages. The Leader of Dundee City Council, John Alexander, will welcome delegates to Dundee at what is sure to be a lively and thought-provoking event.

Throughout the fortnight, events will see women make a splash in STEM, arts and crafts, transport, crime, film, comedy, storytelling, history – and much more. Events will also take place tackling difficult issues including reproductive loss, ADHD, learning difficulties, issues with alcohol, mental health and domestic abuse.

As always, the Festival spans International Women’s Day on 8th March, when an Arabic Arts, Crafts and Cookery Fair takes place within Dundee International Women’s Centre.

The Festival “waves” farewell with an evening of live music from Make That A Take Records, featuring a variety of artists, bands, speakers, and performers from the UK DIY underground at Conroy’s Basement.

Chair Prue Watson said “Throughout the Festival you will have the opportunity to join our partners who will encourage you through education, music, art and drama and so much more to Make Waves. Why not cross the Tay, churn up the waters and have a go at rowing? Come and join us, give us a wave, wave to a friend, wave to a stranger – make our day and have fun! See you there!”

Programmes for the event are available from local libraries, community centres and other venues throughout Dundee or go to the website www.dundeewomensfestival.org.uk to download the programme.

The Dundee Women’s Festival Committee is supported by the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund awarded to University of Dundee and Dundee City Council.

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