Feminist Happenings in Melbourne this October
The sun is beginning to come out, the days are getting longer, and summer feels like it’s just around the corner. Every month we bring you a selection of all the amazing feminist events happening around Melbourne, and this October is jam-packed with amazing opportunities to get outside, show your support, and make some new friends. So make the most of the good weather and good vibes, and check out all these brilliant feminist happenings this month!
Thursday 11th – tilde Program Launch
tilde is Melbourne’s only trans and gender diverse film festival, and this year’s program promises to be one of their best yet! The festival itself will take place in November, but get a sneak peek at the launch where you can meet the tilde crew and guest speakers, pick up a program, and check out the trailer. This year’s launch will be at Melbourne’s iconic venue Hares & Hyenas, so head over to the tilde website for all the details.
Thursday 11th – Quiz Like A Girl! A WMN Feminist Trivia Fundraiser
Our friends over at the Women’s Melbourne Network are always putting on fun, feminist events to help you meet like-minded folks, and in honour of International Day of the Girl Child, they are running a specially themed trivia night! They will be raising funds for the incredible Girls Write Up program, run by the good people at The Stella Prize, so you can flex your trivia skills for a good cause. Prepare for rounds on feminist heroes, icons and badass babes! Get a team together or come solo and they’ll form a specially curated team of legends for you. This event will be held at Moon Dog Brewery in Abbortsford, and you can find out more on the event page.
Friday 12th – Reclaim the Night 2018
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of Reclaim the Night in Australia, and it is just as relevant today as it was when the events first began. Attendees will silently move together in unity against sexual harassment, rape, and violence against women, gender fluid, non-binary and inter-sex people. This year Reclaim the Night will be a silent acknowledgement to the women that have lost their lives, the victim/survivors and their loved ones. This event is to highlight the voices lost, through domestic violence, violence against women and violence directed towards gender fluid, non-binary and intersex peoples. There will also be guest speakers and a choir performance led by Jane York of Big Feminist Sing. To find more information on how the event will run, and expectations of the participants, please go to the event page.
Sunday 14th – The Baby-Sitters Club Screening and Discussion
Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Mary-Anne, Dawn, Mallory and Jessi: trailblazers, best friends, fashion icons, and possibly all a bit queer. Come along for a special screening of the 1995 film The Baby-sitters’ Club, followed by an exclusive panel discussion featuring some of Melbourne’s leading BSC thinkers to explore important questions regarding everyone’s favourite literary figures, who they were, and who they could be now. Find tickets here.
Sunday 21st – Children’s March for Nauru
There are still almost a hundred children locked up on Nauru by the Australian government. There are still more in immigration prisons in Australia. Some have been there with their families for years, just for trying to find safety in Australia. They are not free and they are suffering. This march will be a peaceful, safe and inclusive event to bring children and young people together to talk about a different future. It is an all-ages protest, meeting at Birrarung Marr at 11am. The march will leave from there and will be accompanied by safety and traffic marshals. Attendees are encouraged to wear bright colours, and the march will feature children’s speeches and singing. You can find more information here.
Friday 26th – Sudo Girls Talk! A Night of Music and Poetry
Our Voices, Inc. is an amazing collective that aims to create online and offline spaces that promote, celebrate and encourage the work of marginalised women here in Australia and its surrounding countries. This month they are presenting a special Darebin Music Feast edition of Sudo Girls Talk! Showcasing an all-South Sudanese female line up of musicians, spoken word artists and poets, Sudo Girls Talk! is about recognizing and celebrating the many talented individuals that are within the South Sudanese Australian community. You can find all the details here.
Sunday 28th – Not Just A Girl Flash Day
Do you to get some ink to flaunt your feminism in a more permanent way? Not Just A Girl is a Charity tattoo flash day where some of Australia's leading female identifying tattoo artists are working together to raise money to help support women in need. This year they will be supporting three amazing charities, the Women and Girl’s Emergency Centre, Stars Foundation and Full Stop Foundation. Each artist will have a sheet of original designs available to choose from on the day. For those not getting tattooed who would still like to support the event, there will be merch, art and prints available for purchase. They are also taking donations of clothing, non-perishables and sanitary items to pass onto local charities. Go to their Facebook page for all the details.
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