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.

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Theatre 19–20 January 2018, from £11.50

Airplay at The Lowry

Theatre 12–27 January 2018, from £3.00

PUSH Festival 2018 at HOME

Black Men Walking at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 18 January–3 February 2018, from £13.00

Black Men Walking at the Royal Exchange

Theatre 2 December 2017–3 February 2018, from £22.00

Guys and Dolls at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Exhibitions 30 September 2017–4 February 2018, FREE

Hetain Patel at Manchester Art Gallery

Exhibitions 30 September 2017–4 February 2018, FREE

Maeve Brennan: The Drift at the Whitworth

Exhibitions 30 September 2017–25 February 2018, FREE

Reena Saini Kallat at Manchester Museum

Exhibitions 18 November 2017–25 February 2018, FREE

humansbeingdigital at The Lowry

Risham Syed Untitled Lahore Series 10, Courtesy the artist and Project 88, New North & South, Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 30 September 2017–25 February 2018, FREE

Risham Syed at Manchester Art Gallery