Brecon Women’s Festival 2016 begins this Friday 4 March. The official festival launch takes place at at the Andrew Lamont Gallery Theatr Brycheiniog with the opening of this year’s exhibition by bestselling author and foraging guru Adele Nozedar. This year’s Festival Art Show features work by more than 35 female artists from the area on the theme of Refuge and includes paintings, drawings, textiles and sculpture. The exhibition is now one of the most popular events of the annual festival and will run until Saturday 26 March.
Now in it’s fifth year, Brecon Women’s Festival commemorates and coincides with International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March, and provides a wide variety of events, exhibitions, talks, and workshops. It has become a Spring highlight in the town, as shown by the growing sponsorship and support from local businesses and the wider community demonstrating their continuing confidence in the vitality of the town.
On Saturday 5 March, from 10am to 4pm, there will be a Craft Fair at St Mary’s Church with refreshments – a great opportunity to admire and purchase local Artisan Arts & Crafts in time for Mother’s Day!
Among the highlights of this year’s events are the launch on 10 March of the debut novel by an emerging female author originating from Brecon – Holly Muller’s ‘ My Own Dear Brother’ is just out with Bloomsbury Books; an Open Mic night on 9 March here at The Hours Cafe & Bookshop; a commemoration of great female vocalists at The Muse, an open rehearsal with Tanya Walker’s Alive n’ Kickin choir; Jazz at The Wellington; and consciousness raising talks on dementia and domestic violence.
So we do hope you will come along next Wednesday 9 March at 7pm for the first of our events ‘Women & Words’ Open Mic. An opportunity for poets, writers and musicians to share new work or work by someone they admire in an appreciative and supportive environment.