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Women's Work programme details announced

The Oh Yeah Music Centre are hosting the festival for the third year

The Oh Yeah Music Centre has announced further details for this year’s Women’s Work Festival.

Now in its third year, Women’s Work is a unique event for Belfast that highlights the important contribution women make to music.

The festival will take place across six days and nights and includes a range of activities that are open to all genders and include showcases, gigs, special events, panels, talks, and exhibitions.

This year's highlights include an exclusive composition and arrangement workshop with former Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherly, an exclusive rooftop performance from Irish singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Brigid Mae Power.

2018 already marks an important milestone for women with the centenary of the Representation of the People Act

Charlotte Dryden of Oh Yeah said: “There is no doubt that the talent, determination and visibility of women across many sectors has been much more prevalent in recent years.

"This has been through a concerted movement of change across the world, and in terms of music and the wider creative and cultural landscape Women’s Work has worked hard to be part of that change in Belfast.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Nuala McAllister, officially launched the festival and said it made an important contribution to Belfast as a great music city.

“Women's Work festival is making an important contribution to the overall celebration of Belfast as a great music city. We exceed expectation due to the sheer amount of successful artists that come from our city and from the region. Singers such as Ruby Murray, who still holds the record for the most number of singles in the UK Top 20 at the same time, to the more modern and diverse artists like Kaz Hawkins, Roe, Soak and Ursula Burns show we have a wealth of female talent to share.”

Keith Millar of Help Musician NI said: “In a year marking the centenary of the female vote in the UK, women have a more important role than ever at the core of activism and meaningful political change, with music as the backdrop for this change making. It is this positive social change which Help Musicians continues to contribute to, through our partnerships and our vital work to help and support those in need within the music industry”

The many other festival highlights include:

·      Open House Presents Sóley at The Strand Arts Centre – A welcome return to Belfast for the Icelandic artist whose last appearance was in support of John Grant at the Mandela Hall in 2016.

·      Soundtrack of Our Lives – Five of Northern Ireland’s prominent female politicians in conversation about music and more with BBC’s Marie-Louise Muir. With Naomi Long, Claire Hanna, Carál Ní Chuilín, Clare Bailey and Paula Bradley.

·      Suffragette for Sound – Julie McLarnon (Analogue Catalogue) and guest Caro C lead a unique workshop that incorporates the genius of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (creator oforiginal Dr Who theme) Evening will follow with DJ set from Belfast Club Queens and defenders of the dance floor GIRL.

·      Joni’s Story – a celebration of Joni Mitchell, a musical icon and major influence on singer songwriters across the world. Festival closing event presented by Bird & Bramble with music fromDANI, Amy Montgomery, Lauren Bird, Amanda St John and more.

·      Panel discussions and workshops with Olga Fitzroy (producer Coldplay), Emma Edgar (Tour Manager, Placebo, Everything Everything, Wolf Alice), Claire Southwick (Primitive Management), Angela Dorgan (First Music Contact), Susan Breen (Film Producer, Requiem – BBC and Netflix).

·      Belfast premiere of Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits at QFT in association with Girls Rock School NI and Belfast Film Festival.

·      Music Is Dialogue with Luna Abu Nassar and Gani Tamir at Duncairn Arts centre.

·      Launch of Fem-anarchy in NI – addition of the female punk story to the NI Music Exhibition at Oh Yeah.

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