Herstories Festival



We are really excited to announce our forthcoming Herstories Festival, which will take place from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May 2019 here at Stretford Public Hall.

The weekend-long festival of cultural activity will feature film screenings, workshops and a range of arts, all celebrating the history of women and social change in Manchester. Generously funded by Film Hub North and delivered in partnership with the North West Film Archive (NWFA), MACFEST, the Muslim Arts and Culture Festival, and the Stretford Arts Collective (SAC32).

Throughout the weekend, the John Rylands Library exhibition ‘The Women who shaped Manchester’ will be on display throughout the Hall.


Friday 10th May, 6pm - 10pm: LAUNCH PARTY!

Join us on Friday night as we kick off proceedings with a screening of Born a Rebel, a short documentary charting the history of women in protest across the North of England since the start of women’s suffrage 100 years ago. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring a brilliant panel of speakers:

  • Abigail Ward (Chair) Producer, presenter and co-founder of the Manchester Digital Music Archive
  • Madeleine Edmonson Actor
  • Elizabeth Gow PhD student at John Rylands library & expert on Enriqueta Rylands
  • Carla Henry Actor
  • Qasrai Shahraz Author, peace activist & founder of MACFEST

In the cinema room, there'll be a fascinating and varied selection of short films and archive footage, featuring Delia Derbyshire, Roxy Music, and a riot of awesome women activists.

Also featuring funk & soul from local DJ team The Soulettes, bar and food from Manchester Tart Company.

Ticket entry £3. Click here for tickets!


Saturday 11th May, 11am - 5pm: MANCHESTER WOMEN NOW!

On Saturday day, the Hall will be a hive of activity, as we celebrate the women who make Manchester great. Stretford Arts Collective will be printing, stitching and sticking a live art installation downstairs and there’ll be Arabic calligraphy drop-in sessions, henna painting and a chance to learn more about the different Muslim cultures of Manchester.

In the cinema room, we’ll be presenting a specially-curated selection of local history films, showing Stretford over the years, as well as a varied selection of short films.

Highlights will include:

  • A dance performance from girls from the Manchester Arabic School (11.30am)
  • Talk by Mandu Reid, leader of the Women's Equality Party (WEP)
  • Short film screening ‘Invisible Women’ telling the story of Manchester’s LBGTQ pioneers Angela Cooper and Luchia Fitzgerald, followed by Q&A with Luchia Fitzgerald
  • '100 Years of Votes for Women'  (12.00pm) documenting Manchester's celebrations on International Women's Day
  • 'Banner bag' workshop with Stretford Arts Collective. Free but limited spaces. Register for your free place here!

FREE ENTRY ALL DAY! All welcome!


Saturday 11th May, 6pm - 10pm: WOMEN AT WORK!

Film screening: Made in Dagenham (15)

On Saturday night, we’ve a special cinema screening of Made in Dagenham, accompanied by rare archive footage of Manchester women at work – from workers leaving Rylands Mills in 1902, to a fascinating glimpse into Stretford’s Job Centre in the 1970s. Hannah Newcombe, who specialises in employment law (and our resident Choir leader!) will be introducing the films, and we'll be joined by Will McTaggart from the North West Film Archive.

Ticket entry £5. Click here for tickets!


Sunday 12th May, 10am - 3pm: STRETFORD LIFE

On Sunday morning, Stretford WI will be setting up a community cafe with tea and cakes available. SAC32 artists Lisa and Bridget will be hosting a family-friendly life drawing session where children and adults alike are invited to learn figure drawing. Each session will be 45 minutes long, with quick sketching exercises.

Free entry to the Hall but tickets required for life drawing. Click here for life drawing tickets


Sunday 12th May: 12pm - 3pm: MATCH OF THE DAY

Film screening: Bend it like Beckham (12)

On Sunday afternoon, as football clubs around the country prepare for their last games of the season, we’ll be celebrating women’s football, with an early afternoon screening of 'Bend it Like Beckham' and a chance to learn more about the Dick Kerr Ladies team of the 1920s. Gail Newsham, biographer of the Dick Kerr Ladies, will give a talk on the history of women's football, accompanied by rare archive footage.

Tickets are £5 for adults & free for under 16yrs. Click here for tickets

May 10, 2019 at 6pm - May 12, 2019
Stretford Public Hall


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