If you have ever experienced the power of a female actor holding an audience in the palm of her hand, you'll understand the formidable contribution women bring to the creative arena. In honour of International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up the female-led events coming up in Brisbane, so you can continue to celebrate girl power long after March 8.
Whether they’re holding court on stage or quietly working behind the scenes, women are an important part of our creative identity. And increasingly, their presence on screens, in galleries and on stages is commanding more attention.
This year La Boite’s 2018 season is headlined by female writers, actors and directors, there’s an entire festival dedicated to women on the horizon – and there are plenty more talks, shows and gigs where you can see local ladies at their finest.
“Our 2018 season has a vital and strong group of female artists leading the charge,” says La Boite’s Artistic Director Todd MacDonald, pointing to women including Barbara Sisley, Babette Stephens, Jennifer Blocksidge and Sue Rider who have shaped the theatre. “La Boite holds a special responsibility to not just entertain and challenge, but to listen and make space.”
So as more local institutions like La Boite continue to make space for women to be seen, heard and applauded, support them by heading along to one of these upcoming events. From female cabaret to talks, landmark exhibitions and comedy, there's a lot to look forward to!
Brisbane Comedy Festival
This year’s Brisbane Comedy Festival has a strong showing of female comedians. Becky Lucas, Cal Wilson, Celia Pacquola, Fiona O’Laughlin and Urzila Carson are just a handful of the comedians in town to make you laugh during March.
Until 25 March at Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and Sunpac
World Science Festival
Each year World Science Festival presents a remarkable line-up of female speakers and scientists across its range of thought-provoking events. This year you can hear from Quandamooka woman, champion body builder and Deadly Choices ambassador Rhonda Purcell, see a screening and talk of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (which stars Oprah), or become an apprentice to University of Queensland paleontologist Sarah Kachovich.
21–25 March at South Bank
Australian artist Patricia Piccinini was the most visited artist in the world in 2016, and her most ambitious exhibition to date is about to open at GOMA. She’s taking up the gallery’s entire ground floor for Curious Affection – a retrospective that will present some of her most famous works alongside new commissions that will make you ponder how far we can push the boundaries of humanity.
From 24 March at GOMA
Women of the World at Festival 2018
Happening during the Commonwealth Games, Women of the World at Festival 2018 (WOW at Festival 2018 for short) will present everything from feminoke to workshops and performances. The festival hopes "to celebrate the achievements of women at girls and to identify solutions to overcome barriers that still remain preventing women and girls from achieving their full potential," says WOW executive producer in Australia, Cathy Hunt.
Key shows on the line-up include sassy theatre/cabaret production Hot Brown Honey (pictured) and closing night performance Songs That Made Me, starring Clare Bowditch, Deborah Conway and Hannah Macklin alongside a diverse group of female performers, including Fiji’s 'Queen of Pop' Laisa Lualala Vulakoro.
6–8 April at Brisbane Powerhouse
One Million Stars Art Installation
In 2012 local artist Maryann Talia Pau started the One Million Stars to End Violence project in response to violence in her community. Her dream turned into a global movement, with handmade stars sent to her from all over the world. Pau hopes that her installation of one million stars will inspire everyone to appreciate the power of community.
29 March to 15 April at King George Square
The Mathematics of Longing
After kicking off the year with The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek, La Boite will present its next main stage show in June. Another female-driven production, The Mathematics of Longing is a new love story by internationally renowned Australian playwright Suzie Miller, featuring Gold Coast dance-theatre company The Farm.
Speaking about her show and La Boite’s 2018 season, Miller says: “I remember when I first started my career in 2000 noting that there were very few women playwrights in main stage seasons, so to have come this full circle where that’s the predominant voice in the season is incredibly exciting.”
2–23 June at La Boite
This exhibition is a way off, but it’s a celebration of a remarkable legacy created by two local women. From a Brisbane studio, Easton Pearson became an iconic Australian fashion label respected for its artistic flavour. The Easton Pearson exhibition will present highlights from the label’s colourful archive.
Summer 2018/19 at Museum of Brisbane
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