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Matchwomen’s Festival 20

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Bow Arts Trust

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History, books, politics, music, gin and laughs at London’s most unique independent festival. Feminist. Children FREE

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'A history lesson that should be taught in our schools' - Jeremy Corbyn

'My favourite day out of the year'- Matchfest Guest

'I can't usually go to event like this because of social anxiety. But here I can relax and know I'm welcome and not judged' Matchfest Guest

'A grown-up day I can bring my kids to! ' Matchfest Guest

It's 132 years since the Bow Matchwomen's groundbreaking strike of 1888.

The women had no union, but they DID have incredible friendships and solidarity, sharing everything from hats to 'their last crust' with each other. Together they faced down one of the country's most powerful employers. Their unexpected victory began a social movement from which the new union movement sprang, eventually leading to the founding of the Labour Party.

Every year since 2013, we've thrown a party in their honour!

A stone's throw from the match factory where it all began, join us for witty, inspiring women speakers by day, and music by night, plus a warm welcome for children, food and a bar (featuring our popular matchwomen's cocktails), in a friendly, light-hearted atmosphere.

Men, women and children welcome

OUR VENUE

We're right on the Bow Road the matchwomen knew, where they promenaded dressed to kill and arm in arm on their days off. Here, they began the strike which led to an unprecedented, supposedly impossible victory for poor, working class, largely migrant women.

The festival takes place outside in the courtyard of Bow Arts, an organisation that supports art at the heart of the local community, and celebrates its history.

SPEAKERS:

A L KENNEDY: Award- winning Writer and Funny Woman!

Alison Kennedy has won a variety of UK and international book awards, and written 9 novels, 6 short story collections, 3 books of non-fiction and 3 books for children; she also performs stand up comedy. She is a staunch opponent of racism and fascism.

Her Wikipedia entry is, she says, increasingly unreliable: she denies owning either a parrot or a Luwak.

Website: a-l-kennedy.co.uk

Twitter: @Writerer

PRAGNA PATEL of SOUTHALL BLACK SISTERS

Pragna is Founder and Director of Southall Black Sisters, multi-award-winning women’s organisation founded in 1979 to address the needs of black and minority women experiencing gender violence. It successfully campaigned for the release of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a landmark case which reformed homicide law. Pragna is also a co-founder of Women Against Fundamentalism.

She was listed in The Guardian’s Top 100 women for her activism and campaigning.

Find out more:

Twitter: @SBSisters

Website: www.southallblacksisters.org.uk

HIBO WARDERE is a Somali-born campaigner against female genital mutilation, author, and public speaker. Born in Somalia, she moved to London, England when just a teenager in 1989, as a refugee fleeing the Somali Civil War.

Twitter: @HiboWardere

Her book 'Cut: One Woman's Fight against FGM in Britain Today' is published by simonandschuster.co.uk

EVENING BANDS:

We're delighted to be joined by STEVE WHITE AND THE PROTEST FAMILY, back for their 8th triumphant year at MatchFest; uber-talented singer songwriter MADDY CARTY; and the joyful beats of the incredible SAMBA SISTERS' COLLECTIVE!

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