Although women still struggle for equality, just think of the leaps we’ve come on thanks to women like Emily Wilding Davison. The Wilding Festival starting tomorrow (until June 16) aims to commemorate the principles of equality and hope that Emily and her fellow Suffragettes stood for through a diverse line-up of creative art performances and workshops. For the next few days, St George’s Church throws opens its doors to a variety of dancers, musicians and comedians who not only aim to entertain but to teach and inform you on one of the most groundbreaking events of recent British history. Here are a few things you should check out…
Open Arts Cafe ‘Soldiers in Petticoats’: Thursday June 13
Join host Maya Levy for a small tipple and snack or two at the Open Arts Cafe to kick the Festival into action. There’ll be stand-up comedy, musical storytelling and dance to get the party started.
Church, Entrance on Bloomsbury Way, 8pm. Tickets: £6 suggested donation (available on the door only).
Festival Procession from Russell Square to St George’s: Saturday 15 June
Special guests: The Olympic Suffragettes!
On Saturday June 14 1913, 6000 women marched across London in memorial for Emily Wilding Davison. 100 years on march from the streets of Russell Square to St Georges Church with the Olympic suffragettes who have come together to give thanks to the hard work of the Bloomsbury Community for organising this Festival.
Begins Russell Square 10.30am. Tickets: free
Storytelling from Lightbox and The Sound Story: Sunday 16 June
Sunday afternoon will see storytelling from Lightbox and The Sound Story. The cross-arts trio Lightbox will take you on the journey of ‘Birdman’ as his embarks on a mission of freedom of expression in a dreary and oppressive world. Emily Davison’s fateful last days will be recreated by the Sound Story, who pull together eyewitness statements from a variety of key figures in the event and piece together a vivid image of one of the most defining moments of the past century.
Church, entrance on Bloomsbury Way 12.45pm. Tickets: £4 in advance/£5 on the door.
For more info, see our Wilding Festival listing.