wonder women 2018
Contact Young Company: She Bangs The Drums at the Museum of Science and Industry © Benji Reid

Wonder Women 2018

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

2018 is the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, in which some women first won the right to vote in Britain. To celebrate this key landmark in the story of British democracy and gender equality, Wonder Women 2018 will be the most exciting edition of Manchester’s city-wide radical feminist festival yet, with a packed programme of exhibitions, tours, debates, performances and one-off screenings happening throughout March, made possible thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Lottery players.

Manchester was the birthplace of the suffragette movement (founded by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903 at her family home just off Oxford Road), and thus holds a central position in the history of feminism. But what does the city mean for women living here today? What role can its female citizens play in shaping its future? And how can our cultural institutions contribute towards the fight for women’s rights around the world? These are just some of the crucial questions that Wonder Women 2018 will seek to address, as it looks both back and forwards in time. Organised by the People’s History Museum and featuring many of Manchester’s leading museums and galleries, don’t miss this major cultural highlight.

Here are our picks

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This Vibrant Thing Library Event, Manchester
Festivals 3–24 March 2018, FREE

This Vibrant Thing 2018

Music 21 January–24 March 2018, from £12

RNCM 2018 Season

Theatre: RASA and Contact: Handlooms
Theatre 12–24 March 2018, from £11.00 - 15.00

Handlooms at Alankar House of Sarees

You Were Never Really Here Preview Event
Cinema 9–29 March 2018, from £5.00

You Were Never Really Here at HOME

Festivals 22 September 2017–31 March 2018,

HOME Autumn/Winter Season

Cinema 1–31 March 2018, from £5.00

One Film Wonders at HOME

Theatre 9 March–7 April 2018, from £17.00+

Frankenstein at The Royal Exchange

Robots at the Museum of Science and Industry
Exhibitions 19 October 2017–15 April 2018, from £5

Robots at the Museum of Science and Industry

Music 12 January–16 April 2018, from £6

The Stoller Hall 2018 Season