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Well – it’s June – so that means that whether or not the weather is aware of it, summer is fast approaching and with it the whirlwind that is Edinburgh Festival season. Whilst the full programme has yet to be announced, here are some events that have already caught my eye for this summer. I’ll be doing a series of recommendations, but this first is established and influential women doing what they do best.
Laura Bates – Standing Up for Equality
Baillie Gifford Main Theatre: Saturday 11th August, 8:30pm
Laura is a journalist, writer and founder of the Everyday Sexism project. She has unflinchingly campaigned for women’s rights and against damaging gendered stereotypes. Her campaigning is reliant on women sharing stories, and a feminism that values the experience of every woman in her everyday life. She is a passionate and brilliant communicator, and as part of the Edinburgh Book Festival she is talking about her latest book ‘Misogynation’ looking at the systemic and deeply engrained sexism in our society.
Tickets for the event are on sale here.
Also she gives a brilliant TED talk here.
In conversation with . . Mhairi Black.
The Stand’s New Town Theatre: Saturday 4th August, Midday
Whatever your political leaning, you have to admit there are no politicians quite like the SNP’s Mhairi Black. She has an absolute skill for finding the human heart of issues, and speaking about them with passion and conviction that connects the often elitist world of politics to the people that politicians are meant to represent. Recently she delivered a powerful and long overdue speech on misogyny as a hate crime. If like me, you get inspired by seeing women who are using their platform to speak for the absent voices, you might want to go and see Mhairi this fringe.
Tickets are here.
An evening with Amanda F*cking Palmer
The Queens Hall – 17th and 18th August, 7pm
You probably either don’t know Amanda Palmer, or you know more about her than your best friend. She has a long career of making music and art as a solo artist, and in the Dresden Dolls and Evelyn Evelyn. She has built a fiercely loyal following, most recently through her Patreon where her fans contribute to help her make any art she fancies – as well as money they’ll give feedback, help with lyrics and personal advice. It’s a whole new way of being an artist, by being vulnerable and human and badass all at once and inviting people to share the journey. For Amanda it feels the only way she would have done it – she’s run the most successful kickstarter campaign of all time, given a TED talk on the art of asking, and literally written the book, alongside pop-up ukulele shows and free hugs for all. Expect a fabulous night of music and conversation.
Tickets are here – although they likely won’t be for long!
The Take Over Tent for Revolting Women
The Book Shop on George Street: Thursday 23rd August 10am – 6pm
Organised by the wonderful Glasgow Women’s Library – the only museum in the UK dedicated to the stories of women, this is a day long drop-in for everyone, dedicated to militants and mavericks, there is sure to be something to get you inspired!
Keep posted for more fringe recommendations from theatre, art, cabaret, comedy and the free fringe. Think you should be included? Use the contact section to get in touch and shout about your art.