Calling all the ladies! Celebrate International Women’s Day in style

The Derry mural marking International Women's Day.
The Derry mural marking International Women's Day.

Derry will host a series of exciting events this week to mark International Women’s Day, which falls tomorrow, March 7, and local women are encouraged to get involved.

Devised by a collective of local women from the community and voluntary sector, IWD events this year include a Candlelight Vigil taking place tomorrow night at 7.30pm at Free Derry Corner in support of Marian Price and in solidarity with all the women in the world who have been wrongly incarcerated. For further information contact Roisin on 71 261916.

FEMME FATALES... Jeanette Hutton will perform in Sandinos tomorrow night alongside her sister, Noella Hutton.

FEMME FATALES... Jeanette Hutton will perform in Sandinos tomorrow night alongside her sister, Noella Hutton.

Local writer Felicity McCall will also deliver a special talk for International Women’s Day this Thursday night, March 7, at Derry Central Library on Foyle Street.

Reading from her own work to illustrate, Felicity aims to celebrate women using the Arts to establish their key role in the community and to find their voice, which might otherwise go unheard: and examine the rich legacy of the North West’s inspirational women, by birth and adoption.

With over two decades of experience in journalism, Felicity McCall is well known to many in the city as a freelance writer, screenwriter, theatre and film producer, arts facilitator and, when the need arises, occasional actor. This free event begins at 7pm and all are welcome.

Find your inner Femme Fatale

The Henry Girls will play Sandinos too.

The Henry Girls will play Sandinos too.

On Thursday evening, a huge night of music will take place at Sandinos main venue with the 4th annual International Women’s Day Show, ‘Femme Fatale’. This year’s show will no doubt prove a sell-out yet again and will feature 20 live acts.

“This year will be fantastic!” said compare Tina McLaughlin. “We have 20 acts this year. We invite the cream of Derry and Donegal’s female performers and nearly every one asked, if possible, said yes. The night is an opportunity to let the hair down and really enjoy the entertainment, and afterwards revellers can kick up their heels to DJ Amanda Healy.”

The event welcomes back performances from The Henry Girls, Betty Harrigan, Susie Blue, Ger Roche, Tara Gi and Johanna Fegan. Powerful Derry song writing sisters Noella and Jeanette Hutton will also be performing.

Alongside this, there will be fresh faces in the form of The Fox Tales, Aoife White and Tillie & Henderson and Victoria Geelan. The entertainment crosses many genres ranging from folk to electronic to jazz. There will accapella vocal performances from The Blue Belles as well as spoken word from Jenni Doherty, Abby Olivierera, Anne Crilly and Mel Bradley. There will also be a very special performance from Derry cross-over act Safine Minaj.

This year sees performances from two ladies who wowed audiences on the Other Voices Music Trail. Gaze As Ghost aka Laura McGarrigle, Strabane, has recently moved back from Paris and looking forward to playing Derry again. Rebecca Harkin, Derry native and studying music in Dublin also says she is really looking forward to the evening and sharing the stage with so many talented women. It all kicks off at 9pm on Thursday night and admission is £5.

Vintage Tea Party

This Friday, March 8, will see a Vintage Tea Party at the Gasyard from 11am -12.30pm, held in memory of a much loved neighbour and friend Helen Marie Toland. Feel free to bring along a few baked goodies and share memories with those who knew her. Donations to Helen Marie Toland’s family. For further information

contact Maureen on 71 269327.

Also this Friday, a ‘Positive Party’ is to be held at the Old Library Trust in Creggan from 11.30am - 2.30pm. Start the day with breathing and relaxation session, followed by a yarn spinning reminiscing session and light lunch, finishing off the day with a positive party session. Contact Leeann on 71 373870.

Friday will also see a staging of ‘Happily Never After’ at Pilot’s Row Performance Hall at 6.30pm. Happily Never After is a very moving short play about domestic abuse in a young relationship. Contact Clare on 71 269327.

Eden Place Arts Centre will also officially launch ‘Women as Cultural Creators’, a multi media exhibition by the Derry Women Artists Alliance and Inishowen Rural Arts Network’ this Friday, March 8 at 6.30pm at Pilot’s Row.

Also at Pilot’s Row this Friday will be a Healthy Relationships Information Session at 7pm. This is a workshop for teenagers delivered by the Family Planning Association and followed by a few pampering opportunities. To book a place, contact Clare on 71 366099.

Throughout the month of March, a project called Memory Vessels is taking place every Wednesday from 10.15am-12.15pm at the Gasyard Arts Factory.

Bluebell Arts Project is running workshops in creative writing and glass sculpture exploring the theme of loss. Especially engaging those affected by miscarriage, still-birth and infant death. For further information, contact Fiona McGonagle on: 71 262812 or email: or find them on Facebook.