Celebrate women's empowerment with the Audacious Women Festival

Celebrate women's empowerment with the Audacious Women Festival

Auld Reekie Roller Girls. Credit: Siobhan Redmond Photography

Spend some time with the most exciting of women at Edinburgh's week-long celebration of pluck

Aiming to break personal, political or institutional barriers, and to celebrate audacious women everywhere, the Audacious Women Festival returns for a third year offering risk-taking women a week-long programme of workshops, talks and performances at locations across Edinburgh.

Organiser Sally Wainwright says, 'My own audacious act last year was to have a singing lesson after a lifetime of not opening my mouth. It was so successful that I carried on with the lessons, and this year I've signed up for the Witches Reel Flash Mob!' Alongside this blazing candlelit choral highlight are opportunities to don goggles for a stonemasonry workshop, try zine-making with new indie publishers 404 Ink or pick up a stitch with Gilmerton Libraries knitters-in-residence the Purly Queens.

For a less hands-on approach, you might fancy the Revolution on Roller Skates exhibition with Auld Reekie Roller Girls, heading to the Scottish Parliament to hear MSPs reflect on the women who've inspired them, author Sara Sheridan discussing the historical feminist inspiration behind her work or poet and playwright Liz Lochhead on painter Joan Eardley.

With its collaborative and encouraging vibe, celebrating personal victories alongside historical groundbreakers, the Audacious Women Fest makes it easy to try something new.

Audacious Women Festival, Various venues, Edinburgh, Sat 18--Sun 26 Feb.

Audacious Women Festival

A festival for and by women with something to give – breaking down personal, political and institutional barriers and giving a massive shout out to women everywhere. Events at the 2017 festival include workshops, a flashmob, readings, performance, exhibitions and taster sessions.

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