Oh Yeah Belfast presents a festival celebrating women in music
From 24th – 29th May, 2017, Oh Yeah Belfast will present Women’s Work, a festival celebrating women working in the music industry. Now in its second year, Women’s Work, is a unique festival which aims to raise the visibility of women involved in the music sector, by hosting a range of activities open to all genders including showcases, gigs, special events, panels, talks, and exhibitions.
This year’s programme includes over 50 acts, creatives and DJs across 6 dedicated days, with additional content across the whole month of May. Up to 30 industry speakers, panellists, facilitators and writers will also lead a series of discussions, talks and workshops. Participating venues include Oh Yeah, Start Together Studio, the Black Box, Pavilion and Strand Arts Centre.
Back in March Oh Yeah put out an open call for creative women to participate in a group photo, over 80 people took part and the photo now features in the music exhibition and in the festival brochure.
Women’s Work is supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Help Musicians NI, PRS Foundation and The Department for Communities.
Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council, said, “This innovative festival is now in its second year and truly shines a light on the valuable role that women play in the music and creative industries here in Northern Ireland and further afield. In addition to providing an important platform to showcase our local, female musicians, the festival offers a number of development opportunities for these musicians to network and engage with music industry experts.”
Festival highlights includes:
- In conversation with Sylvia Patterson, music journalist and author of I’m Not With The Band: A Writer's Life Lost in Music. A 30 year journey that includes interviews with Prince, Beyoncé, Eminem, Madonna, George Michael, Shaun Ryder and more, making it one of the best rock memoirs of 2016.
- Q&A with mastering engineer Mandy Parnell (The XX, Bjork, Sigur Ros and Brian)
- An evening of live music with Alana Henderson, Roise Carney, Hannah McPhillimy and Larks.
- Exclusive rooftop twilight gig with Katharine Philippa who will be performing new material.
- A main showcase featuring September Girls (Dublin), New Pagans (Belfast), Masha Qrella (Berlin), Beauty Sleep (Belfast), Party Fears (Berlin), Roe (Derry) and more, with special guest DJ Jen Long (Writer, broadcaster, DJ, BBC Radio 1 and BBC 3, Clash, NME, Line Of Best fit, DICE) wrapping things up at the end of the night
- GIRL collective club night featuring DJs Marion Hawkes, Venus Dupree and rising star Holly Lester. Expect grooving house, broken beats, disco, Italo, house and techno.
- The Amazing Nina Simone – an evening of inspiration celebrating the high priestess of soul with a mix of interpretations and originals from guest artists.
- Girls Rock School NI comes together with GRS Edinburgh and GRS Dublin for workshops, tuition, discussion and performance.
- Screening in association with Touch Sensitive Records of A Life In Waves, exploring the life and innovations of composer and electronic music pioneer, Suzanne Ciani - “the American Delia Derbyshire of The Atari Generation”.
- A weekend of screenings at the Strand Arts Centre including Sonita, Ruby and The Duke and What Happened Miss Simone.
- Go Girl collective, documentary and gig.