Feminist Happenings in Melbourne in July

Image via VicNAIDOC website

Image via VicNAIDOC website

Every month we will be bringing you a round-up of all the feminist events happening in Melbourne. July is packed full of amazing events, from NAIDOC Week celebrations, to rallies, to even an art exhibition inspired by everyone’s favourite cartoon feminist.

Sunday 1st July – Like, You Know, Whatever! A Lisa Simpson Exhibition presented by Radical Possibilities

If you were a budding feminist growing up in the nineties, chances are you were heavily influenced by Lisa Simpson – from taking on Malibu Stacey to being accused of witchcraft, Lisa was one of our first introductions to the world of feminism with all its challenges. Radical Possibilities has put together this exhibition, hosted by Rocket Queen Studios, celebrating our favourite Simpsons. There will be a silent auction of the artworks with all proceeds donated to YWCA Victoria, who provide a wide range of services to women in need. For more details, check out the Facebook event.


NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is ‘Because of Her, We Can’, so we’ve found some of the best events around Melbourne so that you can take part. 

Wednesday 4th July – Feminism in the Pub: Because of Her, We Can at Trades Hall

This year for NAIDOC week, Feminism in the Pub celebrates the invaluable and often overlooked contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made to communities on a local, state and national level. With a panel featuring an incredible group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women including Celeste Liddle, Marayne Mulle, Robyn Oxley and Edie Shepherd, it promises to be an excellent night. Find more info here.

Thursday 5th July – 2018 Victorian NAIDOC Pride Crowning at Copacabana International

Embrace our cities finest glittering Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander performers as they battle it out on the cat-wal! Hosted by Steven Oliver, this event will see two fabulous community members crowned and go on to be throned on the MIDSUMMA Pride march LGBTIQA+ float in 2019. Come along for a delectable smorgasbord of fierce rivalry, deviant disco and heel kickin' fun with conversations of strength, inclusiveness and determination. Find more info on the Facebook event.

Friday 6th July – 2018 Victorian NAIDOC Week March

This year’s march will begin with a street festival featuring banner-making, face painting, music and stall holders to get everyone into the spirit. The march will begin at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Fitzroy and finish at Fed Square. Find more information on the Vic NAIDOC website.

Friday 6th July – Baggarrook – WOMAN at Northcote Social Club

Baggarrook is Wurundjeri for 'woman', and this night is all about showcasing Naarm's emerging women poets and musicians amongst the community. The event will include a Welcome to Country with Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Di Kerr followed by a night of poetry from Nikki Madgwick, Laniyuk, Laila Thaker, Monica McDonald and music from Maylene, Allara, Dani Sib, Amy Dowd (Squid Nebula) and DJ Kaaynz (Kalyani Mumtaz). There will also be an open-mic for sisters to share their story or some of their special talents. Find more info on the Facebook event

Friday 6th July – Nocturnal NAIDOC Week at Melbourne Museum

Nocturnal is a monthly event transforming Melbourne Museum into an adult playground complete with drinks and live music. This month they are proud to celebrate Indigenous women with a July line-up inspired by this year's NAIDOC theme, featuring some of this country's most exciting and formidable performers. The program is headed-up by the enigmatic Thelma Plum, pumped up by genre-defying rising star Kaiit and joined by rhythm 'n' blues tour de force Mojo Juju. Revellers can also take a break from the dance-floor and explore a brand new exhibition in Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre launched for NAIDOC week, shining a light on twelve Victorian First Peoples women who have achieved extraordinary things. Get all the details here

Friday 13th July – Understanding Ableism + Access at Footscray Community Arts Centre

As part of FCAC’s professional development series GENERATE, this event hosted by Jax Jackie Brown and Amy McMurtrie will explore the myths surrounding ableism and how combating ableism paves the way for universal access and design-based thinking. The experience of people with perceived disabilities is paramount to understanding the complex and intersectional dynamics of life in an urban hub like Melbourne. This workshop will reveal an often hidden world of discrimination based on body and mind politics. For more information and tickets, go to the FCAC website.

Wednesday 18th –Writing and Giving Talks presented by Code Like A Girl

Our friends at Code Like a Girl are all about empowering women and girls to take on the tech industry, and at this event they are tackling one of the most scary and intimidating parts of any profession – public speaking! By the end of this workshop you’ll know just what is required to do a talk or teach a workshop - from choosing your topic, to creating slides, to giving the talk itself. This is a workshop that will help you feel creative, confident and excited to get up and share you skills with the world! Find more info on their website.

Saturday 21st – 5 Years Too Many: Bring Them Here Rally at the State Library

This July marks five years since the Rudd Government announced the settlement of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru – join the Refugee Action Collective at the State Library to tell the Coalition Government to Bring Them Here. Featuring speakers including Greens MP Adam Bandt, Lavanya Thavaraja of the Tamil Refugee Council and Behrouz Bouchani in a live cross from Manus, this event will be an opportunity to come together and show our government how we feel about their treatment of refugees. Find more information here.

Do you have a feminist event you would like to share with us? Email us at hello@herwords.com.au to be included in next months event round up

Domini Marshall