Feminist Happenings in Melbourne this June

Image via the Emerging Writers’ Festival

Image via the Emerging Writers’ Festival

The cold has settled in, the days are grey and rainy and the nights are long. But there’s no reason to let the winter blues get you down! This month, as always, there are plenty of rallies, festivals, panel discussions and more to keep you engaged and entertained. So grab your umbrella, throw on a scarf and brave the winter chill - we hope to see you at these amazing events!

Saturday June 1st: The City Roars: Post-Election Rally for Climate Action - Parliament of Victoria

After the results of last month’s election, many are concerned about the future of climate action in Australia. Since Scott Morrison thanked “quiet Australians” for the Liberal Party’s election victory, this event has been organised as an opportunity for the rest of us to make our voices heard. Not quite a rally, this event will consist of a 60-second group screaming session, followed by a collective pledge to commit to climate action on every level. For more information, visit the event page.

Saturday June 1st: Protest Against the Criminalisation of Abortion in the US - State Library of Victoria

The war on reproductive rights in the US is a travesty and a clear attack on human rights. This is a rally to declare solidarity with uterus-owners in the US and to assert their autonomy over their own bodies. Abortion access is still an issue in Australia, with certain states making it very difficult for people to terminate their pregnancy. Attend this rally to assert our right to safe and accessible abortions both here and overseas. For all the details, head to the event page.

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Monday 3rd June: Liminal Screening: Window Horses - Northcote Town Hall

Our friends at Liminal Magazine are hosting a special screening of the animated feature film ‘Window Horses’. Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, 'Window Horses' is a feature animation about love—love of family, poetry, history, culture. This is a film about building bridges between cultural and generational divides; about being curious, staying open, and finding your own voice through the magic of poetry. You won’t want to miss this beautiful film, and make sure you stick around afterwards to have a chat. Bookings are essential, so make sure you get your tickets!

Tuesday 11th June: Cocoa Butter Club - Shifty’s Fitzroy

Cocoa Butter Club is an unapologetic, vibrant night of multi-genre performance, in a relaxed setting with plenty of time to meet your fellow Cocoa Butter Clubber, have a chat and enjoy a boogie. This event features a fabulous lineup including Dani Boi, Ror, Cynthia Sobraty, Not Quite White and HipHopHoe. Cocoa Butter Club exists to promote the fact that performers of colour are creating in a multitude of mediums, even though artists of colour and their incredible talent are often ignored, erased and untold. This night is a creative clap-back and a safer space for creative expression! Find more information and ticket links at on the event page - 10% of the profits go towards Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance.

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Saturday June 15: Everyday Trans Heroes - Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre

This wonderful event is for trans youth (aged 14-25) to experience an intergenerational storytelling day designed for you to come together with older members of the community to share lived experiences and connect with Everyday Trans Heroes. The day will involve a combination of meet and greet activities, storytelling and writing workshops, as well as getting the chance to hear stories from older members of the community, and sharing your own if you choose to. This is a free event, so make sure you register for the opportunity to share stories with this beautiful community.

Wednesday June 19 - Saturday June 29: Emerging Writers’ Festival

It’s one of our favourite times of year again - Emerging Writers’ Festival season! If you’ve never been, it’s a two week long extravaganza of live art, workshops, panel discussions and so much more. This is an opportunity for emerging writers to reach new audiences, where new talent is nurtured and where diverse voices from across Australia are represented. We will be coming to you with our favourite picks from the jam-packed program later this month, but in the meantime, check it out and start planning your festival!

Saturday June 22: Queer, Trans and GNC Clothes Swap - Schoolhouse Studios

Queerspace Youth at Drummond Street Services and the Family Violence Recovery Support team at Thorne Harbour Health have partnered again to present a Clothes Swap for the Queer, Trans and Gender Non-conforming community. This is a wonderful day with live music, friendly folks and plenty of opportunities for a fashion montage à la Clueless. It’s totally free, find all the event info on their Facebook page.

Tell us about your feminist rally, panel discussion or book club by emailing hello@herwords.com.au

Domini Marshall