Peterborough TUC Press Release : Peterborough Women’s Festival 2018


Peterborough Women’s Festival 2018

Peterborough Trades Union Council have organised the third annual Peterborough Women’s Festival to coincide with the week of International Women’s Day.

On International Women’s day 8 March, METAL are screening films from Cine-Sister, a series of short films made by female-identifying film-makers on a leadership role. Check out the Idea1 website for more information regarding the programme and timing.

The official Festival will start with the play “We are the Lions Mr. Manager,” at Broadway Theatre on 9 March. The play centres on Jayaben Desai, who led a group of mainly South Asian workers, out on strike from the Grunwick film processing factory in a dispute which lasted from 1976 to 1978. Theatre Company, Townsend Productions, demonstrate that by standing up for workers’ rights, Jayaben has proved to be an inspiration in the fight for dignity and human rights and her legacy continues to this day. Many Peterborough trade unionists supported the strike and stood the picket lines in solidarity. Tickets are £8.00 + booking fee and can be purchased directly from Broadway Theatre.

The festival continues on 10 March, with the Town Hall Event. Over 40 campaigns and craft stalls will be packed into Peterborough Town Hall, with jewellery workshops and interactive art projects to get involved in. Sponsored by Trinity College, London, CWU Eastern 5 Branch and UNISON City Branch, there will be speakers in the meeting rooms including Peterborough born Julie Mayhew, novelist and playwright; Clara Paillard, President of PCS Union Culture Section and Show Culture Some Love; find out about the Freemans 5 and their fight for equality with speakers from Eastern Angles Theatre. We will also have a speaker from the Police Spies out of Lives campaign and Kath Sansom, award winning journalist and part of the Sling the Mesh Campaign will also be joining us. MP Fiona Onyasanya will also be putting in an appearance. There will be lots of surprises too. This event is free to attend.

In the evening of 10 March, there will be a Women’s Festival social at the ostrich Inn, featuring music from local performers Gin and Yonic and from London’s Loud Women set, Gaptooth. The Ostrich Inn will also be bringing in the beer whose brewers are women. This event is free, but donations on the night, would be appreciated.

Please note that this is not just a festival for women, men are welcome to attend all events. However, the festival is organised to celebrate the skills and talent of Peterborough’s women and to create a safe space for networking within this community. For more information, check the Peterborough Women’s Festival 2018 page on Facebook or email


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