1 – 11 MARCH 2012

Brecon Women's Festival team in front of Boadicea statue in Brecon

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. To mark this special day and also to highlight the achievements and issues of local women, a group of Brecon women have come together to organise Brecon Women’s Festival, which will take place 1 – 11 March.

An exciting programme of events which includes talks, art, music, poetry, film, children’s workshops and a tree planting ceremony has been organised.
The festival begins with the opening of a major exhibition of art at Theatr Brycheiniog. Twenty women artists, some of whom are internationally acclaimed while others are at the beginning of their career in art. The exhibition will be opened by Theatr Brycheiniog director Paula Redway at 6.30pm on March 1st and will run until March 10th.

Many local organisations are involved in Brecon Women’s Festival. Brecon Film Society are showing a screening of ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ at the Coliseum Cinema and Brecknock Women’s Aid will be giving a talk. Brecon Cathedral are organising a Special Service for International Women’s Day a supper and a talk. Also at the Cathedral, Pilgrims tea Rooms are holding a talk by TV Gardener and Presenter Lynne Allbutt and Janet Williams from Pilgrims is giving a baking demonstration. Children’s art workshops will be held at Ardent Gallery and the Sarah Siddons pub will host a production of ‘Extracts from Sarah Siddons’ Diary’ performed by local actors.

The Festival will be opened at The Hours Cafe & Bookshop on Wednesday 7th March by Brecon GP Diane Davies where the Brecon WI Choir will provide entertainment. The Hours is also holding events throughout the festival with poetry readings, an art exhibition by Tessa Waite, the launch of author Adele Nozedar’s latest book and a reading surgery with Oxford University press for parents and their children.

A Women’s Fair at Brecon Guildhall on Saturday 10th March will showcase the skills and enterprise of local artists, craftspeople, charities and business and will be followed in the evening by Songs in the Studio at Theatr Brycheiniog, featuring female singer/songwriters. The festival will close on Sunday 11th March with a tree planting ceremony to mark Brecon’s first Women’s Festival. The festival organisers stress that Brecon Women’s Festival is not just for women. It’s for anyone who’d like to come along and attend events. Brecknock Women’s Aid is the chosen charity for the festival and collection boxes will be available at all events.

For details of these and other events please visit or contact The Hours Cafe & Bookshop on 01874 622800.

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