Inspiring futures: Manchester’s celebration of International Women’s Day 2012 – 4th March 2012

4 February 2012 at 3:04 pm

From 11am till 6pm at Manchester Town Hall

This years International Women’s Day celebration is bigger and better than ever.
* Come along and learn new skills in music production, graphic design, IT, science, engineering, writing, sports and photography.
* Listen to women representing us in industries such as nuclear science, business, music, sports, the arts, engineering and politics.
* Find out about apprenticeships, placements and other exciting opportunities in the city.

Manchester Town Hall will be full of free activities to support, inspire and develop your skills.

There will be three rooms focused on the following strands:

Recognise Room: an opportunity for women to recognise their skills and learn new ones in music production, photography, IT, sport, science, construction, writing, and engineering. Un-convention factory will be holding an Un-conventional Women event in this room and there will be the opportunity to learn about the music industry from experienced women including Radio DJ’s, Record label Directors, Sound Crew and Festival Organisers.

Un-Convention Factory will take over Manchester Town Hall’s Great Hall with the opportunity for you to record, produce and release an album in one day, you will be involved in all aspects of the creative production from developing digital applications to screen printing to getting involved in the recording process. Un-Convention Factory will host a number of panels, workshops and discussions involving high profile women from the industry, including:
* Jo Good (BCC6 Music)
* Claire O’Neil (Chair of Association of Independent Festivals)
* Rose Durbin (Sound engineer for Elbow, Manchester College)
* Julie Weir (Visible Noise)
* Tracey Moberly (Author interdisciplinary artist)

Represent Room: an opportunity for women to listen to the stories of successful women in nuclear science, sport, music, science, engineering, politics, business and the arts and ask questions about how they succeeded.

Resolve Room: an opportunity for women to find out about next steps into education, employment or training with information and advice on, cv writing skills, apprenticeships and placements in the city, financial support, business start up support, support with University and College applications and much more.

This event will give you:
* Greater confidence in your skills
* An insight into all aspects of the music industry
* Positive information on next steps to support you to reach your full potential
* A greater awareness of International Women’s Day and the contribution women are making to life in the city
* Access to a free download for the album recorded and produced on the day

There are also a number of great exhibitions from local women’s groups such as:
* The MASH photography project
* Bags of Attitude – participants are invited to break a taboo and look inside and bags and hear stories about the public spending cuts and empty purses and the impact on women’s lives.
* Whalley Range High School for Girls and the Manchester Academy School will be showcasing their timeline of women’s history, filled with interesting facts, figures and stories about trailblazers.

All activities are free

For more information please contact: Alex Keelan on or telephone (0161) 234 4263


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