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Matchwomen Festival – 30 June at Bow Arts

This year we celebrate 130 years since the Bow Matchwomen’s groundbreaking strike of 1888.

Speakers confirmed:
Writer and broadcaster MICHAEL ROSEN
SARA ROWBOTHAM And CATH HAYES, the ‘Rochdale Whistleblowers’ immortalised in ‘Three Girls’, on their fight for the truth.
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.
DONNA GUTHRIE of BARAC UK (Black Activists against cuts)
ANITA ANAND, BBC presenter & author of ‘Princess Sophia’ about the Indian suffragette who rocked the royal family
SARAH JACKSON, author of ‘East London Suffragettes’ and founder of the eagerly-awaited East End Women’s Museum
KAREN INGALA SMITH, founder of the femicide census ‘Counting Dead Women’
AISHA ALI-KHAN, women’s rights activist
NINA, domestic violence survivor turned facilitator of the Freedom Programme, which helps women in abusive relationships
NUT Vice President LOUISE REGAN on sexism in schools

plus a full programme of music in the evening from LOUD WOMEN bands and musicians, including:
Maddy Carty
I, Doris
Samba Sisters Collective
Steve White & The Protest Family

ABOUT THE MATCHWOMEN’S STRIKE
With no union, no money and no job security, they 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 movment sprang, eventually leading to the founding of the Labour Party.

For our 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!

OUR NEW VENUE
We are thrilled this year to be 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.

Our festival will take place in the courtyard of Bow Arts, an organisation that supports art at the heart of the local community, and celebrates its history.

WOMEN, MEN AND CHILDREN WELCOME!

Tickets from Eventbrite

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LOUD WOMEN at Matchwomen Fest ’17

What an awesome day we had yesterday at the Matchwomen Festival. LOUD WOMEN was honoured to be part of the event, helping to put together the evening’s music, following a day of truly inspiring women speakers. Highlights of the day, for me, included Diane Abbott and Shami Chakrabarti, both such warm and engaging women; and Nina Malik from the Freedom Programme, gave a heartbreakingly personal account of survival from abuse.

The music from our LOUD WOMEN kicked off with Gaptooth, aka Hannah Lucy, who gave an explosive performance of her biting feminist keytar pop. Her songs are dancy and clever and funny and endearing. Really excited that this talented woman is joining us for LOUD WOMEN Fest in September.

Gaptooth
Gaptooth

Next up was The Menstrual Cramps, who were playing their second ever gig (their first being LOUD WOMEN on International Women’s Day this year). This awesome band of young feminist punks are just so exciting – they’ve grown hugely in confidence during the last few months, and gave a slick performance which won them a room full of devoted new fans. Catch them next at Who Run the World’s birthday party on 13 August at the Fiddler’s Elbow.

The Menstrual Cramps
The Menstrual Cramps

Next up was Thunder on the Left. Agonisingly, we never got to see this awesome band play last night, due to horrendous technical problems caused by the venue (more on that later, but suffice to say for now we would not be recommending anyone book the London Irish Centre for live music events in future!). We apologise profusely to the band and the people who’d come to see them. We’ll get Thunder on the Left back on a LOUD WOMEN bill very soon – watch this space.

Finally, we were treated to a mesmerising set from Ms. Mohammed. She opened with her stunning hit ‘Alibi’, which had become the anthem for the Matchwomen Festival. Watching this exquisitely polished new popstar close up felt like a very special treat – can’t wait to see what’s next from her.

Ms Mohammed
Ms Mohammed

Big thanks so Louise Raw for getting us involved with her brilliant festival!

first view: Gaptooth drops ‘Terminal 4’ video

12239184_10153451044138439_1290487586737579622_oLOUD WOMEN are proud to present the exclusive first view of ‘Terminal 4’. Following her 2016 release Pillow Fort EP, East London-based Gaptooth (aka Hannah Lucy) returns with a new single, the first from her forthcoming second album‘Terminal 4’ is an emotive electro-pop track, with a more personal feel than some of her usual politically-charged output.

“The song was inspired by going back to places that have strong feelings attached to them, like the house I grew up in, or visiting cities I used to live in,” says Lucy. “It’s about the idea that as we move through the world we give meaning to the places where we make important memories – even mundane places like street corners and train stations. I liked the idea that we’re continually making a personal map of our emotional lives, and that specific places have the power to take us back in time, whether we like it or not.”

The single was self-produced by Gaptooth and mixed at Dreamtrak Studio in Hackney by Oli Horton, who has previously worked with Foals, Cymbals, Teeth and Chicks On Speed. The animated video for the track was produced by Horrorize Studios, while the B-side features a cover of The Magnetic Fields’ 1991 cult classic ‘100,000 Fireflies’.

Gaptooth will play festivals in the UK this summer, including Something Else Sista Fest in Oxfordshire on 9-11 June, the Matchwomen Fest in London on 1 July and of course LOUD WOMEN Fest in London on 2 September, with more to be announced shortly.

LOUD WOMEN to curate music for Matchwomen’s Festival!

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LOUD WOMEN is teaming up with superhistorian Louise Raw to curate the music for this year’s Matchwomen Festival, to be held at the stunning venue of the London Irish Centre on 1st July. The musical line-up will be announced very shortly, but in the meantime just have a look at the speakers on the daytime bill!

Imani Robinson UK Black Lives Matter
Shami Chakrabarti Shadow Attorney General, in conversation with
Diane Abbott MP
Lyn Brown MP
Rachel Holmes best-selling author of ‘Eleanor Marx’, and the forthcoming biography of Sylvia Pankhurst
Kiri Tunks the NUT Vice President
Barbara Jackson Secretary of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign
Sarah Wise author of ‘The Blackest Streets’
Louise Raw festival founder, on women fighting back through history
Women of the London Recruits: the sensational story of the young women who undertook clandestine missions for the ANC during the bleakest years of the apartheid regime; now subjects of a book and film.

plus comedy from Hannah Chutzpah

Get your tickets quick, and look out for details of our stunning musical line-up on the Facebook event.