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Your 2020 Feminist events calendar: protests, panels and exhibitions celebrating the sisterhood

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Get your diaries out, because the offering of feminist events for 2020 is bigger and better than ever. 

2020 is set to be an exciting year for women’s rights. This is the year when governments, activists and businesses from across the globe are due to come together and take stock of the current state of women’s rights, and to put together a plan for moving forward. Huge issues like violence against women, reproductive rights and the gender pay gap will all be on the agenda at UN forums in Mexico City and Paris, and the potential for progress is immense.

This, then, is a year to both celebrate and act. To help you do just that, there are plenty of panels, parties and festivals happening throughout the year. We’ve compiled a handy UK-wide calendar of some of the best feminist events happening in 2020 – so be sure to mark the dates in your diary.

We’ll be updating this page throughout the year, so save it to your bookmarks! 

  • #March4Women 2020

    Women's March 2020
    2020 Feminist events calendar: March4Women 2020

    Stylist is joining forces with CARE International UK for the 2020 #March4Women, an International Women’s Day rally devoted to fighting the impact of climate change on women and girls around the world. On Sunday 8 March 2020, there will be an indoor rally at the Southbank Centre, followed by a march in central London (starts 1:45pm). This will end with a grand finale at Parliament Square with speeches and performances. See you there?

    Get tickets and find out more here

  • 100% Women at Richard Saltoun Gallery (until end of February)

    2020 Feminist events calendar: 100% Women at Richard Saltoun Gallery
    2020 Feminist events calendar: 100% Women at Richard Saltoun Gallery

    From March 2019, London’s Richard Saltoun Gallery is dedicating 100% of its programme to women. This 12-month programme is part of the gallery’s commitment to supporting under-recognised and under-represented female artists, and aims to protest gender inequality in the art world.

    The second part of the programme kicked off in August and the final exhibitions are currently underway, “examining themes of maternal experience and subjectivity in art”. This female-only programme features the 70s feminist pioneer Judy Chicago, writer and visual artist Carmen Winant and American photojournalist Annegret Soltau. Due to end in February, this women-only programme is not one to miss.

    Event in London, free. More information about 100% Women at Richard Saltoun Gallery here.

  • The Feminist Tour of London (throughout the year)

    2020 Feminist events calendar: the Feminist Tour of London
    2020 Feminist events calendar: the Feminist Tour of London

    If you’re interested in learning the hidden herstory of London, then the Feminist Tour of London is for you. Hosted by the hugely passionate Ellie, this two-hour-long tour of the capital city’s tourist hotspots will lift the lid on all the influential women that have shaped London, from the Houses of Parliament to Piccadilly. Fully accessible and going ahead come rain or shine, the tour has excellent reviews and promises to offer even the most knowledgeable history buff some new insights.

    And better still, 100% of the proceeds go to Child.org, a charity dedicated to securing equal opportunities for children in Kenya.

    Get tickets for £15, find out more here

  • She Grrrowls: Feminist Arts Night (8 January-5 March)

    She Grrrowls is venturing out of its home at London’s Poetry Café and bringing its Feminist Arts Night to cities across the UK. 

    The She Grrrowls tour is currently set for an eight-date run with more due to be added. The aim is to “give voice to the experience of different women across England” and will feature the collective’s resident poets and some local talent.

    Get tickets and find out more here.

  • Social Revolution: Women's Liberation and Gay Liberation in the 1970s and 80s (20 January-3 April)

    The Gay Liberation Front protesting in 1970
    2020 Feminist events calendar: Women's Liberation and Gay Liberation in the 1970s & 80s exhibition

    This year it’s the 50th anniversary of both the first women’s liberation conference and the first meeting of the Gay Liberation Front. 

    To mark this momentous occasion, the London School of Economics will be displaying women’s liberation posters, press statements and significant documents from the first women’s liberation conference, as well as materials from the first Gay Liberation Front meeting, including the GLF manifesto and its list of demands. 

    This exhibition and its related events are sure to be moving and insightful, and will help us understand how they mobilised and inspired thousands of oppressed people and ultimately paved the way for the rights we have today. 

    Get tickets and find out more here

  • Asking For It's Lauren Coe as Emma
    2020 Feminist events calendar: Asking For It, starring Lauren Coe
  • Outcasts: Women, Crime and Society Exhibition (20-24 February)

    Outcasts: Women, Crime and Society Exhibition.
    Outcasts: Women, Crime and Society Exhibition.

    This gripping new exhibition in Aberdeen showcases women criminals across the centuries. It examines how women who commit crime, particularly murder or violent crime, often become the subject of a morbid fascination, challenging society’s notion of the ‘nurturing sex’. The exhibition runs as part of the city’s Granite Noir International Crime Writing Festival from Thursday 20 to Sunday 24 February.

    Buy tickets and find out more here

  • Femspectives: Glasgow Feminist Film Festival (20-23 February)

    Following on from a successful first year, Femspectives is holding its annual Feminist Film Festival at Civic House in Glasgow. 

    The group is committed to equality and diversity, and aims to use the festival as a way of platforming the voices of women of colour, LGBTQ+ women, people with different gender identities, and other marginalised voices. Tickets and the full program of events will be made available in the coming days.

    Get tickets and find out more here

  • Women Beware Women (21 February-18 April)

    Women Beware Women
    2020 Feminist events calendar: Women Beware Women at the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse

    Jacobean tragedy Women Beware Women is coming to Shakespeare’s Globe. The play explores the covert power of the patriarchy and uncovers the commodification and coercion of women. 

    Directed by seasoned theatre director Amy Hodge and performed in the candlelit Sam Wannamaker Playhouse, the production promises to be an atmospheric and emotional tour de force. 

    Get tickets from £10 and find out more here. 

  • Women of the World Festival (6-8 March)

    2020 Feminist events calendar: Women of the World Festival

    2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the Women of the World Festival. Since its inception a decade ago, the festival has expanded into a global movement, aimed at “celebrating women and girls, taking a frank look at the obstacles they face”. It now hosts events as far afield as Hong Kong, Australia and Ethiopia.

    Taking place at Southbank Centre where it first launched, this year’s London festival will run for three days and end on International Women’s Day. Events will include a talk that celebrates badass women from history, a panel on what it means to be a queer woman in 2020, and performances by Shazia Mirza and Bobby Baker.

    Get tickets and find out more here.

  • SheFest 2020 (5-15 March)

    SheFest’s annual fringe festival is a 10-day event in Sheffield that “provides a female fronted addition to the region’s cultural calendar”. Aligning with International Women’s Day, the festival will include interactive activities, feminist film screenings, art, music, theatre, and feature panels and guest speakers. 

    It promises to be the biggest SheFest fringe in the festival’s history as the organisers collaborate with organisations across South Yorkshire, aiming to become the northern capital for International Women’s Day.

    Get tickets and find out more here.

  • The Enchanted Interior (13 March-14 June)

    The Enchanted Interior exhibition
    2020 Feminist events calendar: The Enchanted Interior exhibition

    From March, Guildhall Art Gallery will be home to touring art exhibition The Enchanted Interior. The exhibition challenges the enduring motif of women in art as subjects entrapped in ornate interiors. 

    With paintings ranging from those by the nineteenth century pre-Raphaelites to contemporary artists such as Mona Hatoum and Fiona Tan, this exhibition will interrogate the historic depiction of women in art as passive subjects. 

    Get tickets and find out more here

  • Artemisia (4 April-26 July)

    Artemisia at London's National Gallery
    2020 Feminist events calendar: Artemisia at London's National Gallery

    Artemisia Gentileschi was one of the most accomplished Italian Baroque painters, and her work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the National Gallery from April this year. 

    The paintings on display will offer an overview of her 40-year career, and include some of her most famous works as well as some that have only been recently discovered. 

    Whether you’re a Gentileschi fan or a complete art novice, this exhibition promises to offer a stunning insight into the life and works of one of the most extraordinary painters of her time.

    Get tickets and find out more here

  • The Guilty Feminist: Live with Deborah Frances-White (1 May-7 June)

    Deborah Frances hosts The Guilty Feminist.
    2020 Feminist events calendar: The Guilty Feminist Live

    Award-winning comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist is coming to a city near you. Deborah Frances-White is doing a special touring version of the show for the first time, exploring the hypocrisies and humour inherent in modern feminism in her classic hilarious fashion, while still managing to cover a broad range of important topics.

    The podcast itself is recorded in front of a live audience, but this live tour is for ticketholders only and will include stand-up comedy, music and talent local to each venue. Starting in London’s Eventim Apollo, the tour runs for 25 dates in different British cities.

    Get tickets and find out more here.

  • Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights (24 April-23 August)

    A new exhibition exploring the inspiring activists who paved the way for modern-day feminism is opening at The British Library. Tracing the history of women’s rights from the Suffragettes to the fight against period poverty, Unfinished Business will celebrate progress while also drawing attention to the way things like sexuality, race, ethnicity and disability contribute to inequality.

    The exhibition will feature artists Khadija Saye and Jo Spence, as well as the work of organisations like Sisters Uncut, Southall Black Sisters and the Women’s Liberation Movement.

    Get tickets and find out more here.

  • New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival (31 October)

    Girl Reading
    2020 Feminist events calendar: New Suns, A Feminist Literary Festival

    The New Suns feminist book fair is back for its third year with a day of books, talks, workshops and films. This year the theme of the event will be on “feminist conveyance of interior worlds, touching on mysticism, altered states and contemporary gothic”, and will (very fittingly) be held on Halloween. 

    In its home at the Barbican Centre, it will bring together acclaimed writers with new talent for an exciting host of conversations and activities.

    Get tickets and find out more here.

Words: Moya Crockett, Rachel Brown, Sarah Shaffi, Aiden Wynn, Hollie Richardson

Images: Getty, The Corner Shop, Shakespeare’s Globe, Southbank Centre, De Morgan Foundation, National Gallery and podcast press organisations.

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