Feminist Happenings in Melbourne this August

Image via MIFF website

Image via MIFF website

Winter solstice has passed, and even though it’s still chilly in Melbourne, the days are getting longer! Why not take advantage of this extra daylight by getting out to one of the many amazing feminist events happening in our city? We’ve got forums on environmentalism, contemporary theatre, plus video and poetry installations! As if that weren’t enough, Melbourne International Film Festival is on - a highlight of our year, this amazing festival is always full of thought-provoking feminist cinema. Grab some friends or make some new ones and head out into the brisk winter air - we hope to see you around!

Friday August 2nd - Decolonising Environmentalism Forum

Come along to this event hosted by Multicultural Greens Victoria and Senator Mehreen Faruqi, exploring how we can decolonise environmentalism and tackle systemic racism in the environmental movement. In the wake of the last election, it is more important than ever that our environmental activism is inclusive and foregrounds the voices of people of colour and First Nations people. Speaking at this event will be Mehreen Faruqi, Greens Senator for NSW, Dr. Priya Srinivasan, Associate Professor Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University, Lidia Thorpe, the first Aboriginal woman in Victorian Parliament and Lisa Maza, an actor and singer and member of the Blak Greens. For more info, head to the event page.

Thursday 1st - Sunday 18th August - Melbourne International Film Festival 

August is one of our favourite times of year, thanks to the Melbourne International Film Festival - three weeks of challenging, thoughtful and artful screen experiences. As always, this year’s program is simply too jam-packed to narrow down to just a few favourites. Do you want a film about female friendship directed by an acclaimed Aussie filmmaker? They’ve got that! Feel like watching a Jeff Goldblum marathon? You’re in luck! Want a documentary that takes a heartfelt look at the first Māori woman to write and (solo) direct a narrative feature film in New Zealand? You’ll find it at MIFF! We simply can’t decide which screenings to book tickets to first, so make sure you take a look at the full program and start planning! You never know which one will become your new favourite film. 

Photo by Morgan Roberts, graphic design by Sean Dowling via Theatre Works website

Photo by Morgan Roberts, graphic design by Sean Dowling via Theatre Works website

Wednesday 14 - Sunday 25th August - Let Men Tremble by The Danger Ensemble

Contemporary and experimental theatre company The Danger Ensemble return to Theatre Works with their new work, Let Men Tremble. Inspired by The Scarlet Letter, a 17th century puritan romance, Let Men Tremble throws colonial concepts of sin, sex and the role of women in society into a modern day crucible. This provocative work is sure to challenge audiences, so if you’re in the mood for some contemporary Australian theatre with some bite, check out Theatre Works and book your tickets. 

Tuesday August 20 - Poetry & Film Night Launch – Girls To the Front

Come along to the launch of a new monthly curated poetry and film night spotlighting women and gender-diverse poets. At the LOOP Project Space & Bar every month, a featured poet will be reading live with film alongside a bunch of the best poetry and spoken word related film out there. For more info, head to the event page.

Domini Marshall