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Matchwomen’s festival at Bow Arts
Saturday 30 June, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm£9
Come and celebrate 130 years since the 1888 strike at Bow Arts’ Matchwomen’s festival.
Bow Arts will host a whole day of talks, bands and activities. The festival will take place in the courtyard of Bow Arts, just a stone’s throw from the matchfactory, right where the strike began.
This is the Bow Road the matchwomen knew, and promenaded, dressed to kill and arm in arm, on their days off. Here they began the strike which led to an unprecedented, supposedly impossible victory for poor, working class, largely migrant women.
With no union, no money and no job security, Bow’s Matchwomen took action to defend one sacked girl, and ended up facing down one of the country’s most powerful employers. Their unexpected victory began a social movement from which the new union movement sprang, eventually leading to the founding of the Labour Party.
For the 6th annual festival we will take inspiration from each other, and from speakers of diverse gifts who have one thing in common: they never, ever give up! Women, men and children are welcome.
Shadow Attorney General SHAMI CHAKRABARTI
Writer and broadcaster MICHAEL ROSEN
Award-winning novelist KATE THOMPSON
Women’s Rights’ campaigner AISHA ALI-KHAN
Black Activists against Cuts’ Women’s Officer DONNA GUTHRIE
SARA ROWBOTHAM and CATH HAYES, the ‘Rochdale Whistleblowers’ immortalised in ‘Three Girls’, on their fight for the truth.
The women tricked into relationships with undercover officers who formed ‘Police Spies Out of Lives’
LISSA EVANS, BAFTA-winning Father Ted director and best-selling novelist who’s Their Finest Hour is now a major film, on writing comedy, & the suffragette heroine of her latest book.
NUT former Vice-President LOUISE REGAN on sexism in our schools
Founder of the eagerly-anticipated East End Women’s Museum SARAH JACKSON
KAREN INGALA SMITH of Counting Dead Women (the femicide census)
NINA, who overcame an abusive relationship to become and advocate, facilitator and fighter for other women escaping domestic violence
SAMIRA-CATERINA MONTELEONE of the UK YOUTH PARLIAMENT
THE GIRLS OF THE CONVENT OF JESUS AND MARY COLLEGE, WILLESDEN
MIA SHEPHERD and ROXANNE ELLIS of the WOMEN’S QUILT memorial project (the beautiful quilt will be on display)
We’re delighted to be joined by STEVE WHITE AND THE PROTEST FAMILY, back for their 6th triumphant year at MatchFest; wonderful new band I,DORIS featuring CASSIE FOX; uber-talented singer songwriter MADDY CARTY; and the incredible SAMBA SISTERS.
For more information and to buy tickets, click here. Bow Arts can be found at 183 Bow Road, London E3 1SJ.