Visit London Asks: What Are You Doing to Celebrate International Women’s Day?

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Happy International Women’s Day! IWD is a global day to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women from the past, in the present and in the future.

In some places (Bulgaria, China, Russia, Vietnam) International Women’s Day is a national holiday.

Here in London, there are lots of events to celebrate IWD. We want to know what you’re up to on this special day.

International Women’s Day Events in London:

  • Novelists Diana Evans and Benardine Evaristo are at Rich Mix tonight, talking about the theme of migration in their work. This event is also part of the East Festival.  7.30pm.
  • Join Me On The Bridge is an international campaign promoting peace and development across the world. In London, a parade is gathering at Victoria Embankment Gardens for 10am, and walking to the Millenium Bridge at 12noon for a photograph. (The same thing is happening on bridges across the world from the Bahamas to Uganda, including the Brooklyn Bridge)
  • Tonight at the Haunch of Venison, there’ll be a series of dance performances for International Women’s Day. Contemporary ballet, traditional Balkan and South Asian and Sufi whirlers as well as pieces from top female performance artists Eloise Fornieles and Kirstie Mcleod
  • And, with Kathryn Bigelow’s fantastic, ground-breaking success at last night’s Academy Awards, don’t forget the Birds Eye Film Festival starts today: nine days of celebration and support for international women filmmakers.

What are you doing to celebrate International Women’s Day in London? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. Jenny says:

    I’m going to see Whip It, the roller girls film, at the BFI as part of the Birds Eye Film Festival. Really looking forward to seeing what this talented bunch of ladies have come up with – it’s directed by Drew Barrymore and stars Ellen Page (who I loved in Juno) and Juliette Lewis (can’t think of a bad film she’s done).

  2. Feminist Review says:

    A current event to add to the list of things to celebrate today: An Oscar Win for International Women’s Day! Pretty nice timing, no?

  3. Firestar says:

    Im excited about the Women in Jazz week at Ronnie Scotts.

  4. Rea Mole says:

    Birds Eye View Festival 2010 – UK Shorts at the ICA on International Women’s Day

    It seemed a no-brainer to celebrate International Women’s Day with Birds Eye View Film Festival on the eve of Kathryn Bigelow’s unprecedented win at the Oscar’s as the first ever female awarded Best Director – Birds Eye Film Festival supports talented female filmmakers, helping to address the shocking gender imbalance in the industry, highlighted by the fact that Bigelow’s win was such headline news.

    Last night BEV put on a richly eclectic range of short films by aspiring women filmmakers, each director demonstrating a clear clarity of vision and a strong sense of confidence in their chosen craft.

    Highlights for me included The Park by Destiny Ekaragha, about a trio of frustrated young men, all struggling with their own secrets and unable to share them with each other. This brilliantly observed piece featured sophisticated direction, sterling acting and held a delicate balance between the tension of the three narratives and the humour that characterised these young men and their relationship with each other. Kirran and the Hatchmaker by Amy Rose was also a personal favourite – an endearing and hilarious documentary about a thirteen year-old chicken breeder, whose unique personality and imagination was a joy to behold. Rose deftly managed to capture and celebrate the boy’s quirky humour rather than making him the object of ridicule or condescension.

    I was moved, amused, enchanted and held in suspense across the evening. Above all however, I was inspired – by a group of dynamic young women making interesting and high quality work. It is clear that BEV has a keen eye for the next generation of leading filmmakers who are bound to follow in Bigelow’s footsteps, continuing to break more and more precedents!

  5. Carinya says:

    There’s an all-female open mic event at Vibe Bar which looks pretty cool –