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Matchwomen's Festival 2017
Sat 1 July 2017, 14:00 – 23:30 BST
MATCHFEST '17- better to strike a light than curse the darkness!
*EXCLUSIVE: Shami Chakrabarti and Diane Abbott, in conversation.*
It's been a hell of a year.
If we ever thought politics was nothing to do with us, we've been shown just how much it effects lives outside Westminster and the White House.
So what do we do now?
We can take our cue from women throughout history, who faced hard times by fighting back together.
The Bow Matchwomen's groundbreaking strike of 1888, which we celebrate every year, was friendship and sisterhood in action. With no union, no money and no job security, they took action to defend one sacked girl, and ended up facing down one of the country's most powerful employers, and founding the modern union movement.
Not bad for very poor Eastenders who had been denied formal reducation, and many of whom were teenage or younger, and from migrant backgrounds.
Their secret was an ancient understanding, reaching far beyond the matchfactory into the rural past and politics of Britan and Ireland. They knew they were incredibly powerful when they stood together.
For our 5th annual festival we will take inspiration from each other, and from speakers of diverse gifts who have one thing in common: they never, ever give up!
WOMEN, MEN AND CHILDREN WELCOME
Imani Robinson: UK Black Lives Matter
Shami Chakrabarti, Shadow Attorney General in conversation with Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Home Secretary
Lyn Brown MP on her parliamentary work to honour the Matchwomen's legacy
Rachel Holmes: best-selling author of 'Eleanor Marx', and the forthcoming biography of Sylvia Pankhurst
Kiri Tunks: the NUT Vice President on sexual harassment in schools and what parents can do
Barbara Jackson, Secretary of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign
Sarah Wise, author of the Blackest Steets
Louise Raw, festival founder, on women fighting back through history
Women of the London Recruits: the sensational story of the young women who undertook clandestine missions for the ANC during the bleakest years of the apartheid regime; now subjects of a book and film.
Let Us Entertain You!
Comedian Hannah Chutzpah
Music from LOUD WOMEN!
Tell us about yourself (if you want to!) through our 'introduce yourself' feature: tell us what campaigns you are involved in, want help with, or just what you'd like to chat to fellow guests about.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION:
This year we have a beautiful venue in the McNamara Suite at the London Irish Centre. Camden is on the doorstep, and there is a luxurious bar area where you can relax and meet friends between the action.
CHILDREN (UNDER 16) GET FREE ADMITTANCE.
You have the choice of adding a lunch deal to your ticket, for £6.60 per box.