Your Guide to International Women's Day Events, by Brooke Tunbridge / by Brooke Tunbridge

Your Guide to International Women's Day Events

International Women's Day (IWD) is taking place on Thursday 8th March 2018, and this year revolves around the call to #PressforProgress: ‘motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive’.

We've put together a list of events relating to IWD that are happening around Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland (with the inclusion of one Sydney event).

International Women's Day Film Night
Join Lake Macquarie City Council for their annual film night to celebrate IWD. The 2015 film Suffragette (PG) will be screening. Snacks will be served prior to the film in the foyer at Event Cinemas. Wine can be purchased from the Cinema Bar for $5 a glass. There'll also be a lucky door prize drawn! Feel free to bring loose change for donations to the local women's refuge. Bookings are essential, so remember to register your attendance!

When: Friday 2nd March, 6–9:30pm
Where: Event Cinemas Glendale, 387 Lake Road, Glendale NSW 2283
Cost: Free (register your attendance at

All About Women Satellite event: Live from the Sydney Opera House
The All About Women Satellite Program invites you to reflect on the past and imagine the future of feminism. If you can't make it to the Sydney Opera House to experience the main stage, don't worry; Maitland Town Hall are streaming highlights from the festival, including:
1.00pm–2.00pm: Grabbing Back: Women in the Age of Trump
2.30pm–3.30pm: #MeToo: The Making of a Movement
4.00pm–5.30pm: Suffragettes to Social Media: Waves of Feminism       

When: Sunday 4th March 1.00–5.30pm
Where: Maitland Town Hall
Cost: Free (register your attendance at

Gender Diversity 101
This workshop will provide a 101 on gender diversity to prepare you to have an open mind for the celebrations happening for International Women's Day.

When: Tuesday 6th March 2–3pm
Where: The Clubhouse, University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus
Cost: Free, open to any member of the public (just show up with an open mind!)

Movie Screening: Miss Representation
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in society. Following the screening, a panel of representatives will discuss some of the issues raised by the film, and then free pizza will be served.

When: Wednesday 7th March 5–8pm
Where: ATC210, Advanced Technology Building, University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus
Cost: Free (register your attendance at

International Women's Day Poetry Salon
A cosy venue, perfect for hosting a celebration of women and non-binary feminists. There will be readings of poetry, both old favourites and a mix of contemporary local poetry. Newcastle Women's Group AWE will be providing food and drinks for a donation.

When: Thursday 8th March 6–9pm
Where: The Press Book House, 462 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300
Cost: Door cover of $5

International Women's Day Heart Open
Celebrating IWD, this night will have a great variety of performers, artists and storytellers from a range of backgrounds. Happening in the museum foyer and the BHP gallery, drinks, nibbles and open mic start from 6pm, and featured performers begin at 7:30pm.

When: Friday 9th March 6–9:30pm
Where: Newcastle Museum
Cost: $5 suggested donation (But we won't turn down a pineapple. All proceeds go to paying the artists. Please bring cash)

Maitland Woman of the Year 2018 & IWD Evening      
Member for Maitland, Ms Jenny Aitchison MP, will be presenting the award for Maitland Woman of the Year. There'll be great food and a candle lighting ceremony.

When: Friday 9th March 6:30–9pm
Where:  Blackbird Artisan Bakery, 6-18 John St, East Maitland NSW 2323
Cost: $40 including dinner (Tickets available at     

Outspoken VII: SueAnne Ware
OUTSPOKEN is a bimonthly event in Newcastle featuring feminist women in conversation about their lives, work and passions. SueAnne Ware is a Professor of Landscape Architecture and Head of the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is the founder of out(fit), an all-female collective of design practitioners and academics, as well as a self-confessed design activist. The event is free, and everyone is welcome!

When: Saturday 10th March 3pm–4:30pm  
Where: The Press Book House, 462 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300
Cost: Free

Sydney International Women's Day March and Rally
Meet at the Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park North for the rally and then march down Castlereagh Street to Belmore Park: ‘We'll be hearing from women about the progress we've made and the work we still have left to do. Join us to mark IWD in solidarity! Bring your placards, your flags, banners and your topical t-shirts!’. IWD Sydney is an inclusive march for ALL women, welcoming supporters and allies of all genders.

When: Saturday 10th March 10am
Where: Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park North
Cost: Free

Women's History Walk
Head to for updates and more information about this event.

When: Sunday 11th March 10am
Where: Newcastle East
Cost: Free

Wherever you're celebrating International Women's Day, show your support with #PressforProgress. Thank you to Newcastle Women's Alliance for promoting these events. To find more events happening near you, or to find more information on IWD, head to the website