Afri-love Picks: Culture, Activism and Social Debate Events at WOW 2013

Alice Walker Women of the World Festival 2013 London

The last batch of my top picks for this year's Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre covers events to do with culture, activism and social issues and debates. I don't know about you but, between this list; the business, entrepreneurship and career development one I shared last week and; the music, poetry and spoken word events, it's going to be tough deciding what to actually attend! It's the kind of tough decision that's a joy to make. To those planning to attend the Festival, I hope you have a wonderful time and perhaps I'll bump into you. To everybody else, I look forward to reporting back.


Alice Walker
WHAT: A world exclusive premiere of ‘Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth’, a feature documentary film by Pratibha Parmar, about the life and art of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ‘The Color Purple’.
The 6:30pm screening will be followed by a conversation with Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar. The 9.30pm screening is introduced by Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar.
WHEN: Sunday, 6:30pm and 9:30pm

What's new in African Feminisms
WHAT: Looking at what is fresh in African feminist thought and action. African women are gaining force in music, writing and film, offering powerful and subversive views on gender, power and the future.
WHEN: Sunday, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Ain't I a Woman 
WHAT: How do black women fit into today’s popular culture? Are black women’s experiences valued? How do black women fit into today’s popular culture? What does Rihanna tell us about race, sex and music in the 21st century?
WHEN: Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Being Mixed Race 
WHAT: In the 2011 census over a million people in the UK classed themselves as ‘mixed race’ – but for some, the label is meaningless. So what are the identity politics of the ‘Jessica Ennis generation’?
WHEN: Sunday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Weave vs Natural: The Politics of Afro Hair 
WHAT: Do we judge black women by whether or not they straighten their hair? Is the afro still a political hairstyle? And do Michelle Obama’s bangs really matter?
WHEN: Saturday, 11:30pm – 12:30pm

Fashion, Style and Beauty 
WHAT: The fashion industry contributes nearly £40bn to the UK economy, directly employing over 800,000 people. So why isn’t it taken more seriously? Why does a dress worn by Kate Middleton sell out in minutes? Can fast fashion ever be ethical? June Sarpong and the panel discuss today's big fashion industry questions.
WHEN: Saturday, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

WHAT: Does our culture have an attitude problem with rape? It is reported that one in five women in England and Wales has been the victim of a sexual offence or attempted offence – so why do we find it so difficult to talk about it, so we can understand more about it? Are women contributing to making it an undercover crime byinternalising it as a mark of shame? Jude Kelly talks with women who have been raped and are prepared to discuss whether our culture has an attitude problem with rape
WHEN: Saturday, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Similar event: Rape Myths 

More activism-related events include looking at fat activism, the education of girls (featuring Gordon Brown MP!), women in science, pornography and women in the media.

Practical workshops include fitness regimes for busy women, a life drawing class (and life modelling for those who dare!), self-defence techniques, how to write a will, how to edit Wikipedia (and why you need to) and craftivism.


Festival Details

DATE: 6 – 10 March, 2013
VENUE: Southbank Centre, London, UK
TICKET PRICES: From £12 (£6 concessions)
DIRECTIONS: Getting there

Image courtesy of the Southbank Centre. Photograph by Ana Elena


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