CHARLOTTETOWN – 2014 is a year of commemoration of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference. One hundred and fifty years ago women had no place at this Conference table. This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) activities are highlighting Island women’s place in music, art, and human rights as part of the PEI 2014 events.
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One of the Women and Song 150: International Women’s Day Cabaret performers, Irish Mythen.
Founded in 1911, International Women’s Day is recognized by the United Nations and celebrated around the world on March 8. Thanks to funding support from PEI 2014 and a number of women-positive organizations, a committee of volunteers has put together a number of events to celebrate Island women.
During IWD week, a Women’s Art Show will feature visual works of Island artists. There will be an afternoon open-mike session on IWD, which offers an informal venue to share poetry, songs, and stories. That evening, Women and Song 150, an IWD cabaret, will showcase the musical talents of women performers. All these events will take place at the Guild, 111 Queen Street, Charlottetown.
On Friday, March 7, members of the public are welcome to the opening of an art show which will display and sell the art of women visual artists. The show opens at 7 p.m. at the Gallery in the Guild and runs through to March 15.
Sandy Kowalik, co-ordinator of the art show, says, “I am so pleased that we have over 50 women artists signed up to show their work. The variety of mediums and styles is incredible, and all will be available for sale for $150 or less.”
On Saturday, March 8, the open mike from 1 to 4 p.m. will be an opportunity for all interested women to bring their music, poetry, and dance to a family-friendly, multicultural atmosphere. Admission is free of charge, with international food and refreshments being offered during the afternoon. The event welcomes drop-ins for any length of time throughout the afternoon.
Starting at 8 p.m., the Women and Song 150: International Women’s Day Cabaret will showcase well-known and upcoming women performers, on Saturday March 8. Featured entertainers are Catherine MacLellan, Meaghan Blanchard, Irish Mythen, Ashley Condon, Drea Macdonald, Jolee Patkai, Caroline Bernard, Nadeeka Kothalawala, and Eliza Knockwood.
Michelle Jay, program co-ordinator for the P.E.I. Advisory Council on the Status of Women says, “We are thrilled to have so many amazing women performing. P.E.I. boasts some very talented, diverse, and award-winning women artists. To hear them all under one roof, for one evening, will be truly special.”
Tickets for the Cabaret are $10 advance, $15 at the door (cash only). Tickets are available at the Voluntary Resource Council, 81 Prince Street 368-7337.
All are welcome to come celebrate women’s talent and voices during the 2014 International Women’s Day events.
For all other information, contact Michelle at 368-4510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.