Hastings Women’s Festival will be exploring the world of work

Women's Festival SUS-150921-143707001
Women's Festival SUS-150921-143707001

Following last year’s very successful Global Kitchen, Hastings Women’s Voice is hosting a Women’s Festival on Sunday 4 October at the Stade Hall in the Old Town from 11am – 3pm.

3pm. The theme of the festival is: “Let’s talk about work and how to get it in our town”. All women are welcome and entrance is free.

There will be demonstrations of global cooking, and food sharing in the morning, a singing workshop with women’s singing group Las Passionarias and a participatory art workshop in the afternoon.

There will also be information stalls and plenty of opportunity to ask questions and give views on local employment: what’s available and women’s experiences of looking for work.

A spokeswoman for Women’s Voice said: “We are really keen to hear from local women about any difficulties they have faced in finding work locally and what sort of work they are looking for.

“Our Global Kitchen project last year provided the opportunity to study Level One training in Food Hygiene. Twenty women took this up and now three of them are running their own businesses. This was such a success that we’ve decided to take the idea forward in our festival.”

Three weeks after the Festival, Women’s Voice will then be hosting a “Conversation”, which will also take place at the Stade on Friday October 23 from 4pm – 7pm, following up issues coming out of the festival.

There will be workshops and discussions around the question of women’s work locally, with a few to developing strategies to help women into employment.

Booking is not necessary for either event. For more information email: hastingswomensvoice@yahoo.com.

All the projects organised by Hastings Women’s Voice are developed by listening and talking with members and asking women what they would like to do or need.

All their work is reliant on volunteers and financial support from grants and fund raising.

One successful project they launched is the Pop Up Museum.

This is exciting project involving Women’s Voice partnering with Hastings Museum that included a visit to the museum, followed by a series of creative workshops through which women told their stories through words, photographs, pictures, ceramics and textiles.

The aim was to create a Pop-Up Museum which will be displayed at the Museum and locally elsewhere.

Workshops included creative story-telling and working with tiles.

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