Feminist Happenings in Melbourne this December


We’ve nearly made it to the end of 2018! The days a longer, the nights are warmer, and we think it’s the perfect opportunity to send out the year with some feminist fun times. There are plenty of events to wrap up the year, from studio launches, to dance parties, to rallies and gatherings for social justice. Have a gander at our guide to some of Melbourne’s feminist happenings this December - we hope to see you there!

Saturday 1st December - Pink Ember Studio Launch

Pink Ember Studio is a new artist run organisation in Coburg, Narrm / Melbourne! The new space is part-store, gallery and workshop, and the lovely folks behind Pink Ember Studio will be holding their launch this Saturday! There will be a bunch of talented artists under one roof (including her words friend Frances Cannon) so come by and take a gander at their art, prints, zines, clothing, textiles, jewellery and more for sale. See the full lineup of artists on their Facebook event.

Friday 7th December - Nocturnal: Celebrating Gender, Identity & Queer Culture!

Nocturnal at Melbourne Museum is always one of our favourite events every month, and this month’s  lineup is a celebration and appreciation of our vibrant queer culture with Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir, Brendan Maclean, Whiskey Houston, Brooke Powers and Dandrogyny. Come along and explore issues around gender and identity with specially themed floor talks and collection items in the galleries backed by the sizzling sounds of this electrifying lineup. You can find all the details on their website.

Saturday 8th December - TUXSHEDO Holiday Showcase for Share the Dignity

Looking for a night of laughs while supporting a good cause and getting into the holiday spirit? TUXSHEDO is an all-female improv team comprised of bold, experienced improvisers and friends - you may even recognise Carla Scotto from our In Conversation series earlier this year! From a suggestion of a location, TUXSHEDO will discover the people who live, work and play there, and explore how their lives interconnect - with ridiculous results. All proceeds from this show will be donated to Share the Dignity, who act to make a difference to homeless women and victims of domestic violence. Get your your tickets and support a good cause by going to their Facebook page.

Monday 10th December - Stand Up, Speak Out Rally organised by Refugee Action Collective

Monday 10th December is Human Rights Day, and this year we must stand up against our government’s continued abuse of human rights against refugees and asylum seekers. This rally will be held on the Swanston St end of Bourke Street Mall and will  feature speakers including Shawfikul Islam, a Rohingya refugee, Aziz, in a live cross from Manus and Mehdi, in a live cross from Nauru. Show your support and take this opportunity to make your voice heard by our leaders. For more information, you can go to the event page here.

Tuesday 11th December - MTalks—HERitage: How women have shaped Melbourne

Hosted by the National Trust of Australia, this free event will be an opportunity to learn how women have shaped Melbourne’s growth in a myriad of ways. Through advocacy, activism and civic leadership, women have been instrumental in shaping the fabric of our city, from bluestone laneways, to public art, our green spaces, and the nineteenth-century streetscapes of suburbs such as Carlton and Fitzroy. Rest assured, you’ll come away from this event looking at our city through new eyes. Find out all the details here.

Monday 17th December - Red Umbrella Day 2018

Red Umbrella Day 2018 marks the 15th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. For fifteen years, sex workers around the world have used this day to highlight the need for action to end violence against sex workers. The issues faced by sex industry workers often vary from region to region, due to different laws, social factors and cultural contexts, but one common issue faced by all sex workers is their vulnerability to and experiences of stigma, discrimination and violence. This event will be hosted by RhED and is for sex workers and allies alike so show support and raise awareness. For more details, go to the event page.

Are you organising a feminist event you want to share with us? Get in touch at hello@herwords.com.au

Domini Marshall