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Manchester Girl Herstories Festival


  • Stretford Public Hall Chester Road Manchester UK (map)

Manchester Girl has a table at the HERSTORIES festival on Saturday 11th at 11am- 4pm. We will also be hosting a talk on the importance of female friendship at 1:30- 2PM. Come along and show support for our network, and see all the other amazing stalls and talks/ performances which will be there on the day.

See the full weekend event description below:

We are really excited to announce our forthcoming Herstories Festival, which will take place from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May 2019 here at Stretford Public Hall.

The weekend-long festival of cultural activity will feature film screenings, workshops and a range of arts, all celebrating the history of women and social change in Manchester. Generously funded by Film Hub North and delivered in partnership with the North West Film Archive (NWFA), MACFEST, the Muslim Arts and Culture Festival, and the Stretford Arts Collective (SAC32).


Join us on Friday night, as we kick off proceedings with a screening of Born a Rebel, a short documentary charting the history of women in protest across the North of England since the start of women’s suffrage 100 years ago. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and accompanied by a fascinating and varied selection of short films and archive footage, featuring Delia Derbyshire, Roxy Music, and a riot of awesome women activists.

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/herstories-festival-launch-party-born-a-rebel-tickets-60199688890


On Saturday day, the Hall will be a hive of activity, as we celebrate the women who make Manchester great. Stretford Arts Collective will be printing, stitching and sticking a live art installation downstairs and there’ll be Arabic calligraphy drop-in sessions, henna painting and a chance to learn more about the different Muslim cultures of Manchester.

In the cinema room, we’ll be presenting a specially-curated selection of local history films, showing Stretford over the years, as well as a chance to see the documentary ‘Invisible Women’, telling the story of Manchester’s LBGTQ pioneers Angela Cooper and Luchia Fitzgerald.

Free, drop in between 11am-4pm

Register for Sac32's Banner bag workshop- free but limited places available: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/herstories-festival-banner-bag-workshop-tickets-60867983778

On Saturday night, we’ve a special cinema screening of Made in Dagenham, accompanied by rare archive footage of Manchester women at work – from workers leaving Rylands Mills in 1902, to a fascinating glimpse into Stretford’s Job Centre in the 1970s.

Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/herstories-festival-cinema-screening-made-in-dagenham-15-tickets-60191872511

On Sunday morning, Stretford WI will be setting up a community cafe with tea and cakes available.

SAC32 Artists Lisa and Bridget will be hosting a family friendly life drawing session where children and adults alike are invited to learn figure drawing. Each session will be 45 minutes long, with quick sketching exercises.

Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/herstories-family-life-drawing-session-tickets-60393525661

On Sunday afternoon, as football clubs around the country prepare for their last games of the season, we’ll be celebrating women’s football, with an early afternoon screening of Bend it Like Beckham and a chance to learn more about the Dick Kerr Ladies team of the 1920s.

Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/herstories-festival-cinema-screening-bend-it-like-beckham-12-tickets-60192646827

As if all this wasn’t enough, John Rylands Library have kindly lent us some of their recent ‘The Women who shaped Manchester’ exhibition, which will be on display all weekend, throughout the Hall.

Earlier Event: May 7
Manchester Girl Book Club