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SheFest: Festival celebrates & promotes gender equality

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Feminist fringe festival SheFest returns this year from 5-15 March. In celebration of International Women's Day, the ten-day festival brings together a vibrant programme of events featuring art, comedy, film, music, theatre, workshops, celebrity guest speakers and more.

Founded in 2015 and made up of local volunteers, SheFest has grown exponentially since its inception. This year will see them expanding into Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham and collaborating with Museums Sheffield, The Leadmill, BBC Radio Sheffield, She Productions and Anti-Diet Riot Club.

SheFest Saturday takes place on 7 March on Tudor Square with family-friendly music, performances and interactive activities on offer throughout the day, and on 8 March transgender model and social activist Munroe Bergdorf will be in conversation at Sheffield Students' Union. It's sure to be fierce feminist fun.

The full programme is online now or you can pick up one of their super snazzy brochures in independent outlets throughout Sheffield and its surrounding areas.

Here's our pick of what you've got to look forward to.

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Girl Gang Period Party x Shefest 2020 | 7 March | The Leadmill

Join Girl Gang in a celebration of all things menstrual! Come and dance, sing, play games, eat cake, all while learning more about the crimson wave and how we surf it. Dress up is encouraged and prizes given for the best period inspired outfit.

Girl Power | 10 March | Showroom Cinema

The graffiti community is predominantly a man's world and men often share the view that graffiti - namely the illegal kind - is not for girls. Girl Power captures the stories of ladies who have succeeded in the male graffiti world

In Conversation with Pragna Patel | 11 March | Crucible Theatre

Pragna Patel is the founder of Southall Black Sisters. This event will examine the intersection between gender, ethnicity and immigration status in the context of domestic abuse and gender-based violence. Join Ashiana Sheffield and Pragna as they explore how a person's immigration status often serves to compound their experiences of abuse and the re-victimisation of vulnerable people.

A Beautiful Way to be Crazy | 13 March | Kurious Arts @ Kommune

Weaving together poetry, storytelling, live music, audio clips from the interviews and some genuine teenage diary entries, Genevieve Carver and her multi-instrumental live band The Unsung (Ruth Nicholson, Tim Knowles and Brian Bestall) explore what it means to be a girl in the business of music.

Full programme of events and tickets

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