It’s almost that time of year again: International Women’s Day! On this day, we celebrate all that feminist movements around the world have fought for and achieved. We also look forward, collectively imagining what a more feminist future would look like. And what better way to envision and create that future than with the arts?
That’s why every year on March 8th, Mama Cash organises the Mama Cash Feminist Festival. We mark this day by creating a stage for feminist artists and activists, because as bell hooks says: “The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is – it’s to imagine what is possible.”
We invite you to join us at the Mama Cash Feminist Festival in locations throughout the Netherlands: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Centraal Museum (Utrecht) and WORM (Rotterdam). Join us to protest the status quo with visual art, music and performance. To celebrate the work of women artists who are pursuing their dreams and goals. To create a space of resistance, joy, support (and of course, dancing) that will exist not just for a day but continue to grow year-round.
The first International Women’s Day in 1911 was a protest – and today, it still is. But it’s a celebration, too. And we hope to share it with you!
Find our March 8th event near you!
In Rotterdam, we collaborate once more with the funky and fabulous WORM for their yearly RE#SISTER event. This year’s edition centers around the theme Bodies of Knowledge. A term that refers to the core teachings and skills required to work in a particular field or industry. But we also highlight the physical meaning: What do bodies communicate, what does a body represent? Every body needs space. But is every body allowed to take up space? Featuring:
- The annual tradition of pizza & cigars
- Olave Talks XL
- A zine workshop
- A Kiki function with Kiki House of Angels and Kiki House of Major
- A screening of the short film Juck, about the Swedish dance collective
- An immersive site-specific performance “Bird Bird, Touch Touch, Sing Sing” by sound and performance artists Nguyễn + Transitory
- And more!
Join us for an evening of exploration in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. From special tours looking at the collection from a feminist perspective to gallery talks by Raquel van Haver and Jacqueline de Jong to the Feminist Open Mic night, you can engage with art from all angles here. Also featuring: Brazilian activists and artists Rede Nami
Join us at Melkweg for the afterparty, Uit je Clit! More info and tickets here.
Photo by Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen
In collaboration with MOED Museum of Equality and Difference, we present a public program around the opening of their exhibition ‘What is left unseen’ in Centraal Museum Utrecht. With contributions by artists, researchers, curators and makers, you can experience the exhibition in the context of International Women’s Day, with special tours by MOED curators, music, and more to be announced!
Work by Patricia Kaersenhout
To celebrate International Women’s Day, the city of Groningen has an extravagant programme of activity and activism, kicking off with a revolutionary Morning Rave from 7 till 9 am! What will we rave about for the next 100 years? Which issues urgently need our advocacy? As anarchist feminist Emma Goldman said: if I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution. Check out the full program here. Reservations via email@example.com
Mama Cash Feminist Festival x Red Light Radio
Not in the Netherlands? No problem! From wherever you are, you can tune in on March 8th to Red Light Radio from 10am-6pm CET for an 8-hour marathon of DJ sets, live acts and talks by locally-based women – curated by our Communications Associate Sophia Seawell and dj Hellie Berry (who will also take care of the music at the Mama Cash Feminist Festival x Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam later that evening). Tune in and listen along live on redlightradio.net or via our Facebook page. With Rachel Green, DRKNGHTS Collective and more TBA.
Want to get behind the decks yourself? We have one slot left open and it could be yours! Send your idea for a one-hour slot to firstname.lastname@example.org for the chance to share your own music, favorite tracks, or spoken word with the world on March 8th.
Design by Marilyn Sonneveld