Feminist Happenings in Melbourne this January

Image via Midsumma website

Image via Midsumma website

It’s 2019 and we’re ready for everything the new year has to offer - including all the fab feminist events happening across Melbourne! Get your year off to a good start with fundraisers, concerts, book launches and Australia’s best queer arts festival. Make the most of the summer, and make some new friends and connections along the way. We can’t wait to see you there!

Sunday 6th - 20th January - GIRLS TO THE FRONT at The Corner Hotel

Every weekend this summer The Corner Hotel is calling Girls To The Front as they invite some of their favourite female and gender non-conforming friends around for a Sunday sesh celebrating the music of their favourite women and GNC artists. Each Sunday afternoon from 3-8pm a guest DJ from the local scene will join us in the rooftop bar to spin tracks and provide the perfect soundtrack for you to see out your weekend. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday arvo - you can find more info here.

Saturday 12th January - Rah! Rah! A Feminist Punk Rock Retrospective of Melbourne Music

Rah! Rah! is a feminist punk rock retrospective of the past 30 years of female, femme and non binary sounds from Melbourne. From The Wet Ones to Wetfest, this multi arts gathering resets the historical cannon of contemporary music with a 12 hr event across The Speigeltent and the Tote on Sat 12th Jan 2019. This event will bring together artists, thinkers and collectors for a day time session of talks panels and intimate performances in the Melba Spiegeltent, before stepping next door for a dirty rock show at the Tote. You can find the full lineup and tickets here.

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Saturday 12th January - Holler Fest '19: Girls Rock! Melbourne Fundraiser

Girls Rock! is a national network of music camps for girls, trans and gender-diverse youth between the ages of 10 - 17 - we love the work they do, and now we have the chance to support them while also having a boogie! This event at The Reverence Hotel will host a huge lineup of performers, including Moaning Lisa, Arbes, Alice Skye and plenty more. So come along, support local musicians and show some love for the next generation of kickass women, trans and gender-diverse artists. Find all the details on the event page.

Saturday 19th January - 10th Feb - Midsumma Festival

Australia's premier queer arts and cultural festival returns in 2019 and we could not be more excited! Every year Midsumma brings together an incredible program of queer artists, and this year is no exception. A few highlights include the Midsumma Carnival on January 20th and Midsumma Pride March on February 3rd, but make sure you have a look at the full program and start planning your festival now - there’s so much on offer, we just can’t choose!

Thursday 24th January - Carly Findlay’s Say Hello Book Launch

Carly Findlay is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist, and someone whose work we continue to learn from and admire every day. That’s why we are so excited for the launch of her first book Say Hello - both a moving memoir and a proud manifesto on disability and appearance diversity. This launch at The Wheeler Centre will see Carly interviewed by Kevin Mitchell (frontman of Jebediah and Bob Evans) and all attendees will receive a copy of Say Hello. We’re sure that Say Hello will be one of our favourite reads for 2019, so get your tickets now!

Saturday 26th January - Naarm (Melbourne) Invasion Day 2019

Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) are once again hosting a rally and march calling for Australia Day to be abolished - in their words “we call for the abolishment of ‘Australia Day’ - we will not celebrate so-called Australia, which is built on the stealing of our lands and the massacres of our people.” They invite members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and their supporters to stand at Parliament House and condemn the ongoing violence, ongoing theft, and ongoing discrimination that Indigenous people face. For all the details, go to the event page.

Are you planning your own feminist event in Melbourne? We want to hear about it! Let us know at hello@herwords.com.au

Domini Marshall