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Sapphormation 2018: Defiance

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The LGBT+ Centre (Main venue) and MMU All Saints

49-51 Sidney Street

Manchester

M1 7HB

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Sapphormation 2018

A festival for womem who love women

The theme for this year’s Sapphormation is “Defiance”. We want to recognise the defiance of women-loving-women in a range of ways and to celebrate the contributions that these women have made, and continue to make, in modern times.

In 1918 some women were given the right to vote for their MP, in the UK, for the first time. This right was hard-won and many women suffered greatly in the struggle for the vote. The suffragettes that we generally remember are the most famous, but there were hundreds of others, who are less well-known. All of these can be understood as women-loving-women, as they were giving up their freedom for the rights of all women. At the General Election in December of 1918 women also stood for election for the first time. In Manchester, Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence stood unsuccessfully in the Rusholme constituency and polled 2,985 votes, for Labour.

In 2018 Sapphormation aims to celebrate the defiance of the suffragettes and the women who stood as candidates. We will come together to remember these women but also to celebrate with workshops, art, crafts and poetry that honours defiant women who love women.

In the programme there is a mixture of drop in and bookable workshops, talks and performances. Some workshops have limited spaces so booking is essential to guarantee a place, all other workshops are drop in and remaining places will be first come first served. Sapphormation is a free event.


FULL PROGRAMME

11:30-12:30

Cafe space: Self portrait creation (DROP IN)

Space 1: Car maintenance

Space 2: Feminist screen printing: Print your own tshirt or use a tote bag provided

MMU: Silly games to start the day with Sophie (DROP IN)


1pm-2pm

Cafe space: Self portrait creation (DROP IN)

Space 1: Lesbian History in Manchester by Nicky Griffiths

Space 2: Women, the environment and government inaction

Library: Girl Geeks digital brooch workshop (DROP IN)

MMU: Bike Hive mend your bike drop in (DROP IN)


BREAK

Cafe space: 14:15-14:30 Poetry readings


2:30-3:30

Cafe space: Defiant knitting and crochet (1)

Space 1: Lesbian Suffragettes by Hilary McCollum

Space 2: Lesbian Suffragettes by Hilary McCollum

Library: Girl Geeks digital brooch workshop (DROP IN)

MMU: Bike Hive mend your bike drop in (DROP IN)


BREAK

Cafe space: 15:45- 16:00 Poetry readings


4-5pm

Cafe space: Defiant knitting and crochet (2)

Space 1: Poetry workshop with Ella Otomewo

Space 2: Overview, discussions and actions: Women in the criminal justice system hosted by Women Matta

Library: Ask a local councillor (DROP IN)


BREAK


5:15-6:15pm

Cafe space: Chill out space

Space 1 and 2: SHE CHOIR performance

Library: Women in Yarlswood, information and discussion


6:15-7:15pm

Cafe space: Chill out space

Space 1 and 2: Feminist games hosted by Girl Gang Manchester

Library: Women in Yarlswood, information and discussion

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49-51 Sidney Street

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