International Women's Day Celebrations Cardiff

When: Mar 12 2017

Where: Cardiff, United Kingdom

BBC Presenter, Producer and Project Manager Bethan Elfyn; Young Person’s laureate (Wales) Sophie McKeand; musicians Della Lupa and Swansea’s Sanctuary of Song; spoken word artists Hanan Issa and Durre Shahwar; young circus performers; comedians; athletes; firefighters; youth drama and school groups are just some of the inspirational people sharing their stories and taking part in the exciting programme celebrating International Women’s Day on 12 March at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. 


International Women’s Day worldwide is a celebration of the achievements and contribution of women and the women’s movement. In line with the UN’s theme for this year, ‘Be Bold For Change’, The Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales and Fizzi Productions are designing an inclusive programme of events in both Cardiff and Swansea, focussed on the theme ‘Creating An Equal Future.’


The events will celebrate the achievements of women across all walks of life with an emphasis on capturing the voices of younger women and girls. The events aim to raise awareness of inequalities, help women and girls understand their rights and highlight the work being carried out in Wales advocating on behalf of women and girls.

The free workshops, performances, talk and performances start from 3pm in the Sony, Seligman and Preseli Rooms, followed by a panel discussion and live music on The Glanfa Stage from 5.30pm-7.20pm.

From 7.30pm-10pm there will be a special International Women’s Day Celebrations ticketed event in the Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre where audiences will be asked to pay a suggested £10 ticket fee or Pay What You Can towards the event. Over the course of the evening a variety of artists, performers and speakers from music, dance and spoken word will have an opportunity to perform or be interviewed similar to the Jools Holland Hootenanny style event.

So far confirmed for the evening are musician Della Lupa; Young Person’s Laureate Wales Sophie McKeand performing spoken word with a Jazz Band; circus performers; stand-up comedian Amy Howerska; Taranau Taiko drummers; poetry from Hanan Issa, Durre Shahwar and talks from a range of people including athletes from Run Wales to Alison Kibblewhite, Wales first Female Firefighter. Tickets for the evening event will be on sale from Monday 27th February

For International Women’s Day BBC Presenter, Producer and Project Manager Bethan Elfyn has invited friends from around the UK's music scene to share and inspire the next generation of female musicians in Bethan Elfyn’s Potted Guide to Music, Radio and Blogging. Hear from journalists and producers from BBC 6Music, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing, and record labels and music blog. Armed with their favourite records, we’ll hear about their work and their musical inspirations. Tickets for this workshop are limited and will be on sale shortly.