Feminist Happenings in Melbourne this November

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The days are getting longer, the sun is feeling warmer and summer is just around the corner. Let’s make the most of the rest of 2018 by getting out and making some new friends at our favourite feminists events! This month we have film festivals, rallies and performances waiting for us, so check out our list of events for November and get amongst it!

Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th - tilde film festival

Tilde is Melbourne’s Trans and Gender Diverse Film Festival, and after four years of amazing programming, their 2018 festival looks like their best yet. Come along to the Footscray Community Arts Centre for a beautifully curated lineup of films that explore a variety of trans experiences - from documentaries to short films, as well as a variety of film discussions and Q&As. Make sure you have a look at their program, this is one film festival you don’t want to miss!

Saturday 10th -  Rally: Stand Together Against Racism at the State Library

In the current global and local political landscape, racism is definitely on the rise through state sanctioned violence and continued disrespect shown to people of colour, indigenous communities, and religious minorities. Make your voice heard at this rally, to be held at the State Library of Victoria, and let it be known that his kind of tolerance and vilification will not be ignored. Find our more info on the event page here.

Saturday 17th - 18th - Open Spaces at Abbotsford Convent

Encompassing everything we love about Abbotsford Convent, Open Spaces is a celebration of arts, design, markets, tours, food, wellbeing and live music. From interactive performances to world beats in the heritage gardens, Open Spaces is a annual celebration of multi-disciplinary arts, diverse cultures, collaboration and place. As if that weren’t enough to get you excited, we are very happy to tell you that her words will be featured as part of Print Space! Come down to say hi and pick up some of our exciting new merch while you check out everything Open Spaces has to offer.

Sunday 18th - Clementine Ford: Boys Will Be Boys

Clementine Ford has become known as one of Australia’s most forthright and unapologetic feminists. Her writing and critiques of gender equality in Australia and around the world have sparked conversation and encourages people from all over to look deeper at themselves and the role we all play in allowing gender discrimination to continue. Her latest book Boys Will Be Boys looks at how we can raise boys to disrupt the patriarchy rather then prop it up. This event at the Toorak/South Yarra Library will be an opportunity to hear more from Clementine about the writing of the book, as well as discuss the state of feminism in Australia today. Find more information here. You can find more info here.

Tuesday 20th - Trans Day of Remembrance Candlelit Vigil

Trans Day of Remembrance was first held in 1998 to mark the death of Rita Hester and all other trans people who lost their lives due to transphobic violence. Unfortunately, in Australia and around the world, trans people are still persecuted and victims of violence. The year, Transgender Victoria will be holding a vigil at Hares & Hyenas, a solemn evening that will allow members of the trans and gender diverse community to share music, stories and art. You can find all the details here.

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Friday 23rd - Dec 1st - Women and Witchcraft show and dinner series

Is there any better combination than food, wine and art? We’ve done the research and can safely say, no, there isn’t. That’s why we are super excited for Women and Witchcraft, an art show and dinner series showcasing artists, winemakers and musicians. Organised by Ella Mittas (who you may remember from our Salon Dinner series!) these events will be staffed by the good folks at Merchant Road Catering - giving employment to women from refugee backgrounds. The dinners will be held on November 30th and December 1st and will be inspired by the Pagan sabbat Beltane - a celebration of fertility and abundance. Have a look at the full lineup of artists and buy your tickets here.

Wednesday 28th - Queerstories Melbourne

If you’ve never been to Queerstories before, you’ve been missing out. With events in Sydney, Brisbane and of course, Melbourne, this monthly event features a diverse lineup of artists, comedians, writers and storytellers, sharing expected tales of lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour. Hosted by Maeve Marsden, Queerstories is just one part of a long tradition within the LGBTQI+ community of sharing stories, and it always promises to be a night of engaging, moving and surprising night. Tickets to Queerstories are usually snapped up pretty quickly, so make sure you get yours here - but fear not, if you can’t make it on the night, you can always catch up on the podcast.

Are you planning your own fabulous, feminist event in Melbourne? Tell us about it at hello@herwords.com.au

Domini Marshall