Plays, poetry, music, workshops and more for York International Women’s Week

Some members of the co-ordinating team and events’ performers. Left to right: Nicole Roy, Gwen Vardigans, Urooj Fatima, Betty Abah, Marilyn Crawshaw, Dilrabo Samadova

Celebrate women’s achievements and recognise women’s struggles in York International Women’s Week.

This year’s theme is ‘Respect and Recognition’ for women within these shores and beyond, whatever their cultural or personal background and identity.

The events are offered by local organisers (individual and groups) and the programme is pulled together by a small group of volunteers.

The programme includes plays, poetry, book readings, talks, workshops, yoga, movement classes, musical events and the opportunity to taste Fair Trade food made by women. More than 30 events will take place around the city. The majority are free and any events that charge an entrance fee will donate any profits to women’s organisations.

Here are a few of the highlights. For our full listings for York International Women’s Week go here.

York International Women’s Week

York International Women’s Week
Sat Mar 7 - Sun Mar 15
Various venues across York
York, United Kingdom


York International Women’s Week is Saturday, 7 March to Sunday, 15 March. For more information please visit the York International Women’s Week website.

3 March: Poetry & Prose Open Mic

Sign up on the night to read your own words or those of a favourite author around the theme of Respect and Recognition for Women. Everyone welcome.

York Spoken Word Poetry & Prose Open Mic

Tue Mar 3 @ 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm
The Exhibition Pub
19 Bootham
York, YO30 7BW United Kingdom
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7 March: Craftivism Across Borders

Knit or crochet one or more squares which will be joined together to form the ‘blanket of security’ to recognise women living near or in battlefields and refugee camps.

Craftivism Across Borders

Craftivism Across Borders
Sat Mar 7 @ 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
The Forum
Constantine College, University of York
York, YO10 5FQ United Kingdom
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7 March: Self‐Respect and Self‐Recognition

Be ready to be inspired by exploring the power of poetry. Find your individual voice in a space for self-expression and creativity.

8 March: Maiden

A screening of the film ‘Maiden’, the story of the skipper of the first ever All Female Crew who entered the Whitbread Round World Yacht Race in 1989.

Cinemarts Cafe presents “Maiden” (15)

CINEMARTS CAFÉ presents “MAIDEN” ( 15 )
Sun Mar 8 @ 5.00 pm
Bison Coffee House and Vintage Store
17 Heslington Road
York, YO10 5AR United Kingdom
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10 March: In This Together

An evening of tales and poems with Yvie Holder. She will reflect on the theme of ‘respect and recognition,’ using living testimony, biography and imagination.

In This Together

Tue Mar 10 @ 7.15 pm - 8.30 pm
Fox Room
Quaker Meeting House, Friargate
York, YO1 9RL United Kingdom
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10 March: Sisterhood

An evening of songs and stories, feminism and fables from Union Jill and guests, including stand up poet Kate Fox.

Union Jill Present ‘Sisterhood’ in aid of IDAS

Union Jill Present ‘Sisterhood’ in aid of IDAS
Tue Mar 10 @ 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm
The Crescent Community Venue
8 The Crescent
York, YO24 1AW
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11 March: Aerial dance

Come and have a go on the aerial silks and hoops in this confidence-boosting workshop for all ages and abilities.

Aerial dance for absolute beginners

Hula Hula workshop
Wed Mar 11 @ 11.00 am - 12.15 pm
High Hoops
The Old Church, Main Street, Deighton
York, YO19 6HD United Kingdom
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13-14 March: All Change!

A collaboration between Real People Theatre and York Spoken Word comes an exciting evening of open-mic theatre around the theme of how climate change is causing us to re‐think our attitude to how we live on this planet.

All Change! Open Mic Theatre

All Change! Open Mic Theatre
Fri Mar 13 @ 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Theatre 1
York St. John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX United Kingdom
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15 March: Pregnant Then Screwed

Pregnant Then Screwed Live is the UK festival of motherhood and work, bringing the funniest and most inspirational women to speak and to help you rebuild your confidence and find work that works for you. Workshops, live speakers, recruitment opportunities and more.

CANCELLED: Pregnant Then Screwed Live

Sun Mar 15 @ 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
York Theatre Royal
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place
York, YO1 7HD
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