Wonder Women

Wonder Women 2017

Creative Tourist

Wonder Women is Manchester’s creative countdown to the 100 year anniversary in 2018 of when women first won the (partial) right to vote. Taking place 2-12 March in 2017 it is a radical, feminist festival of talks, exhibitions, theatre, music, workshops and tours across the city, led by cultural institutions, independent artists, women’s groups and networks. The 2017 programme is the artistic response of the birth city of the suffragette movement, celebrating those who won the fight for votes for women nearly a century ago, and the activism that continues to underpin the feminist issues of our time.

Led by the People’s History Museum and Creative Tourist, Wonder Women 2017 asks how far we’ve come in 100 years – and how far we have yet to go. Organisations across the city are taking part, with all-female DJ line-ups, queer punk documentary screenings, speed mate-ing, an exploding women comedy night, a special launch at Manchester Art Gallery and more.

Here are our picks

  • 1. LAUNCH: Making The Strange Familiar with Instigate Arts at Manchester Art Gallery

    Candida Höfer.

    Making The Strange Familiar with Instigate Arts at Manchester Art Gallery, Chinatown, 2 March 2017, free entry - Visit now

    The official launch of Wonder Women 2017 sees experimental and unsung artists, musicians and performers create bold, live art events in response to the images in Strange and Familiar, an exhibition of photographs curated by Martin Parr at Manchester Art Gallery. Expect the unexpected.

  • 2. Girl Gang Manchester #2: Bridesmaids

    Joy Morris andothergames
    © Joy Morris / andothergames

    Girl Gang Manchester #2: Bridesmaids at 53two, 11 March 2017, from £15.00 - Book now

    An immersive screening of 2011 comedy classic Bridesmaids from producers of sold-out events Girl Gang Manchester – featuring pop-up performances, Prosecco and (best of all) party bags. Enjoy workshops ranging from sisterhood and self worth to bouquet making and cake sampling, an academic film introduction and participatory dance routines. The evening includes charity hair and nail bars, dress up photo booth, table tennis tournaments, a chocolate fountains, cartoonist and themed cuisine- all within the extravagantly decorated venue. Move between Lillian’s Parisian-themed Bridal shower, the wedding reception and a wedding disco to round off the night. Fancy dress encouraged…

  • 3. Synthesis: All female Techno DJs at Texture Manchester


    Synthesis: All female Techno DJ at Texture Manchester, 4 March 2017, from £6.00 - Book now

    Especially curated for Wonder Women 2017 is this night of leftfield techno from some top female DJs at warehouse-cum-bar Texture, which has one of the best high-tech light projection systems in the city.

  • 4. Rebel Dykes

    The Rebel Dykes

    Rebel Dykes at HOME, Manchester, 12 March 2017, from £4.00 - Book now

    HOME screens the work-in-progress cut of Rebel Dykes, a queer-punk documentary that tells the story of a bunch of kick-ass women from London in the post-punk 1980s; a premiere followed by a showcase of incendiary poetry and performance.

  • 5. Sophie Willan: On Record at The Lowry

    Steve Ullathorne

    Sophie Willan: On Record at The Lowry, Manchester, 12 March 2017, from £12.00 - Book now

    Also part of SICK Festival, On Record is uncompromising, moving and personal – Sophie guides us through her unconventional childhood and adolescence through the real records and opinion of the numerous experts who assessed her, revealing the key incidents in her life.

Things to do at Wonder Women 2017

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22–23 March 2017, from £12.00

Berlin: Zvizdal

Cinema 3–23 March 2017, from £5.00

New Release: Certain Women at HOME

Theatre 22–23 March 2017, from £10.00

If These Spasms Could Speak at HOME

Literature 14–25 March 2017, from £10.00


Visual Arts 8–25 March 2017, FREE

French & Mottershead: Afterlife at the Whitworth

Theatre 8–25 March 2017,

SICK! Festival

Cinema 10 February–29 March 2017, from £5.00

New Release: Moonlight at HOME

Exhibitions 4 February–29 March 2017, FREE

John Hyatt: Rock Art at HOME

Cinema 16 February–30 March 2017, from £7.00

Film Season: David Cronenberg

Exhibitions 25 February–1 April 2017, FREE

Graft at PS Mirabel