International Women's Day Festival

International Women's Day Festival
Date and time
08 Mar 2020 (10:00am)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Map and Directions


£15 (£12)

Open Mic Session only - £5

Booking Information

Wheelchair users are entitled to concessionary priced tickets with a complimentary companion seat. Guide dogs are welcome at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire venues. If you wish to bring a guide dog or wheelchair, please let the Events Office know by calling 0121 331 5909.

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International Womens Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Join us as we reflect on and celebrate diversity in the music industry.

Exciting and thought-provoking events will include; live performances from RBC students alongside guest musicians, visual and sound installations, yoga and mindfulness classes, networking, female-led practical workshops, and panel discussions. All are welcome!     

 An equal world is an enabled world” #BalanceForBetter


10.00-11.00 Registration and light breakfast (RBC lower Foyer)

Come and meet the team, plan your day, and chat to the other delegates with a “build your own breakfast” involving a selection of fruit, nut yogurt, and granola.

10.00-12.00 Movement and mindfulness drop-in sessions with Alison Butler (Organ Studio)

Movement and mindfulness activities will take place throughout the morning, and you are welcome to come and go as you wish. You can choose to participate in focused 10-minute re-set activities, or simply sit quietly. Yoga mats and props are provided for your comfort, and the activities can all be adapted to suit your individual physical requirements. ’Normal clothes’ are fine for all of the activities, though you may want to take your shoes off. 


10.00-14.00 “Body Image” *(The Lab)

This is an installation specifically created for IWD 2020 in collaborations with composer Emily Abdy, Peter Bell, George West and James Abel. 

Please explore the space throughout the morning and lunch time.

11.00-13.00 Practical Workshops 

There are four workshops taking place. Limited availability, please sign up on the day:


  1. Workshop A: Immersive Audio with Emma Margetson (Workshop 1)

  2. Workshop B: Whose Voice? Working Towards Social Justice in Music-Making with Anna Bull (Workshop 2)


  1. Workshop C: Media Training for Musicians Diane Kemp (Workshop 1)

  2. Workshop D: Playing with Sound with Eleanor Turner (Workshop 2)

13.00-14.00 Lunch

Food is not provided but will be available to buy in the RBC café

14.00-15.15 Panel Debate: Diversity in the Music Industry: "Ways Forward" (Eastside Jazz Club)

Deborah Annette ISM (Dignity in Study & Work)
Eleanor Wilson NMC Recordings
Robin Sheffield Royal Philharmonic Society
Angela Slater Illuminate Women’s Music
Genevieve Arkle University of Surrey

15.15-15.30 Break

15.30-17.00 Pop-Up Performances * (LAB)

  1. Chloe Knibbs The Girl Behind the Glass *

  2. Fumiko Miyachi Portrait Concert
  3. Georgina Denham Live electronics

17.00-17.30 – Meet the Composers (LAB)

Meet the composers involved in the “pop-up performances” an informal Q&A

17.30-18.30 – Drinks Reception and guest performance from “In Her Shoes” (Foyer)

“In Her Shoes” create opportunities and spaces for women and girls to come together, share creative experiences and have fun. We believe in women’s empowerment and personal development

18.30-20.30 – Open Mic Night (Eastside Jazz Club) -
Entry included in the day ticket price. Alternatively, entry for the Open Mic only is £5 - available here.

Hear some of Birmingham’s top female performers as part of International Women’s Day. Musicians include Royal Birmingham Conservatoire alumni such as the “formidable” (BBC Radio 3) Rosie Tee with her unique alt-pop jazz influenced songs, and experimental songwriter, pyscho-performer & sound artist Anna Palmer, best known for her bewitching tones as vocalist & multi-instrumentalist in Birmingham’s beloved weirdo-pop band Dorcha. There will also be an improvised set from cultural artist Millicent Chapanda and Multi-instrumentalist composer Natalie Mason.

If you would like to part-take in the open mic night event please let the organisers know in advance via email. There may be spaces available on the day for additional music, readings comedy, but please let us know beforehand!

AFTER PARTY (The Woodman)

* Please be aware that some of the issues explored in this event may be sensitive for some people. Themes include, but are not limited to: mental health and sexual abuse/harassment. We have a trained counsellor on site (from the local charity RSVP) who will be there until 6pm to offer advice and support.