Storyhouse Women Festival

A festival for everyone, that celebrates women and girls
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A festival for everyone that celebrates women and girls!

What in your opinion are the most relevant topics for women today? How can we represent even more voices and include even more men?

By looking at everything from body image to peace making, haircuts, sport, the arts, sex, race, food and love: expect joy, laughter, passion, insight and a chance to share your own stories.

Highlights include:

TALKS

Kate Pankhurst
Kate Pankhurst, the illustrator and author, will be hosting a children’s event about her bestselling book Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, which features Kate’s distant relation the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.
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Social Media and Children
Are you petrified at the thought of your children becoming a YouTube sensation? Why do we feel so inadequate after scrolling for half an hour? Join blogger, social media expert and mother Angela Ferguson who will tell her story and guide you through a series of dos and don’ts as a parent.
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Making Your Business Idea A Reality
This inspiring session will bring together women to explore their business ideas, find out what owning your own business entails, how it could work for you and what the next steps are. Mums are very much encouraged to attend (no need to find a babysitter).
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Domestic Abuse – The Facts
Supported by Chester Women’s Aid. Linda Davies, who founded the successful CIC Tools for Change based in Blacon and has 17 years’ experience in the field of Domestic Abuse, will take you through an informative quiz which may dispel common myths and provide support options. Kim Heyes who has been researching and lecturing on abusive behaviours for the past 8 years will focus on those who use abusive behaviours within their relationship.
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Body Positivity
This fun and engaging session will raise questions about why we feel the way we do about our bodies and put our current body trends into context. 
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Slavery – It’s Happening Here, Now Today
Would you recognise a victim of Modern Day Slavery? Would you know what to do? Join members from Soroptimist International of Chester and find out what action you can take to support victims and help put a stop to this form of human exploitation.
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CINEMA

Storyhouse Women film programme
A series of incredible films, including documentaries about the punk roots of Vivienne Westwood, the pioneering science and Hollywood icon Hedy Lamarr, and an exploration of how the media perpetuates unattainable beauty standards in The Illusionists.
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FOR KIDS

Feminippers
Are you a budding young feminist? Do you think girls should have the same opportunities in life as boys? If so, we’ve got the perfect session for you. Join other young feminists for an interactive workshop, exploring what being a girl means, and get tips on how to start a campaign in your bedroom.
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PERFORMANCE

Burlesque Buzz – Glamour, glitz and naughty bits!
Hear from Goodtime Mama Jojo (British Burlesque Legend – Vegas 2008) as she tells inspiring stories about her unique life as a performer, choreographer, and founder of the first Burlesque & Striptease school – the world renowned London Academy of Burlesque.
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So Strong
A performance that explores the impact of living with an eating disorder, created with the advice and guidance of medical professionals and real stories of people’s experiences. Created and developed by Assemble Theatre Company from Bishops High School.
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Dance throughout the weekend!
Enjoy free dance performances throughout the weekend at Storyhouse.
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COMMUNITY

Speed-Friending
Like speed dating, but for friends! With retro tunes from DJ Ben ‘Roman’ Haslett.
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On Stage Cheshire Enterprising Women: Making Your Business Idea a Reality
Today 10am
Garret Theatre

This inspiring session will bring together women to explore their business ideas, find out what owning your own business entails, how it could work for you and what the next steps are.

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On Stage Hedy Lamarr: The Women Who Invented WiFi
Today 10am

A fascinating talk about the remarkable life of the Austrian-born Hedy Lamarr – considered the most beautiful woman in the world by her Hollywood peers in the 1940s and 50s. Presented by Here and Now Chester, a charity supporting social isolation amongst the over 50s.

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On Stage Domestic Abuse – The Facts
Today 11.30am
Garret Theatre

Come and learn through an an informative quiz and lecture which may dispel common myths and provide support options.

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Cinema Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (12A)
Today 12.30pm; Sun 1pm Mon 8.45pm

1 hr 29 | Documentary about the fascinating life and work of Hedy Lamarr: silver screen icon and ingenious inventor, whose pioneering work revolutionised how we communicate today.

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On Stage So Strong
Today 12.30pm Tomorrow 1pm
Garret Theatre

A performance that explores the impact of living with an eating disorder, created with the advice and guidance of medical professionals and real stories of people’s experiences. Created and developed by Assemble Theatre Company from Bishops High School.

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On Stage Body Positivity
Today 1pm
Garret Theatre

This session will raise questions about why we feel the way we do about our bodies and put our current body trends into context. Rachel Walker from Body Positive will be presenting her fun and engaging session on healthy sex and STIs, and talking about the impact some porn has body image and expectations around healthy sex.

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Storyhouse Women

Storyhouse Women Weekend films

Cinema Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (12A)
Today 12.30pm; Sun 1pm Mon 8.45pm

1 hr 29 | Documentary about the fascinating life and work of Hedy Lamarr: silver screen icon and ingenious inventor, whose pioneering work revolutionised how we communicate today.

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Cinema Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (15)
Today 8.45pm Tomorrow 1pm

1 hr 18 | Documentary charting Vivienne Westwood’s journey from her beginnings in post-war Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan.

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Cinema Brave (PG)
Tomorrow 11am Sun 11am

1 hr 30 | Merida, the daughter of Scottish King Fergus and Queen Elinor, will do anything to carve out her own path in life, even seeking the help from a witch, in Disney Pixar’s Highlands’ hit.

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Cinema The Illusionists (15) & Panel Discussion
Sun 6pm

1 hr 31 | Documentary exploring the multi-billion dollar industries that saturate our lives with images of unattainable beauty, and the media’s representation of it. Includes panel discussion after the film.

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