March 8 2012

New Women’s Projects

Women's Day 2009

We are celebrating International Women’s Day with two new projects working with women in Wales.

International Women’s Day (IWD) was originally called International Working Women’s Day, and is celebrated across the world on this day – March 8th – every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements. We are joining with women throughout the world in promoting both political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide, and celebrating the achievements that women have made and keep making.

Our new women’s projects will begin in Spring 2012 with creative support for a community production of The Vagina Monologues around South Wales. Tracy Evans, Drama Development Worker, is directing the piece as well as appearing in the line-up for a second year in a row. Melissa Thomas in our admin team has joined the cast of 7 women to perform as part of V-Day 2012.

Valley and Vale is supporting the production, along with Pontardawe Arts Centre, because we support the aims and philosophy of V-Day, the organisation that Eve Ensler set up as a global movement to end violence against women and girls: “V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organisations.” (www.vday.org)

We are encouraging as many people as possible to support the production; proceeds all go the charity (10% to V-Day charities around the world and 90% to local women’s charities). It promises to be an eye-opening, entertaining and uplifting evening!

Pontardawe Arts Centre on Thursday 22nd March  @ 7.30pm

Box Office 01792 863722 – Tickets £7/6 (conc) – www.pontardaweartscentre.com

The Queen’s Hall, Narberth on Thursday 19th April @ 7.30pm

Box Office 01834 861212 – Tickets £7/5 (conc) – www.thequeenshall.org.uk

This project will be building capacity for a major performance project to be produced for International Women’s Day 2013, which will explore how technology in performance might be engaged with to alleviate some of the isolation felt by mothers in rural areas of Wales.