6th Mar 2020 in Arts

From protests and political gathering to lighthearted events, the Cathedral Quarter Belfast comes alive this weekend for International Women’s Day 2020.

Friday 6 March

International Women’s Day at The MAC

The MAC, 10am – 8pm

A programme of events part of city-wide IWD 2020 activities.

This year the MAC are thinking about how we can nourish ourselves, mentally and physically. With that in mind, they’re offering a series of day and evening events that provide space for reflection, connection and crafting.

Explore their programme to find out more about each event.

From 10am until 4pm, An Droichead will be providing crèche facilities for babies and children in the Family Room. To sign up for a session, simply email Jen White (MAC Creative Programmes Manager). Babies are also welcome to attend events with their carers and there will be changing facilities available in the event space, as well as on the ground floor.

Afternoon Tea and Crafts for International Women’s Day

Here NI, 2 – 4pm

Drop in to Here NI to make a placard or badge to bring along to the International Women’s Day Rally the following day, Saturday 7th March. Or just have a cuppa and a chat about our services and campaigns.

They’ll provide the materials and buns, you bring the ideas!

Please note this event is for women only.

Reclaiming International Women’s Day

Ramada by Wyndham, 7 – 8pm

This is a public meeting organised by The Communist Party, all are welcome. Speakers are:

Sandra Trotter: Clara Zetkin – Our Heritage

Jennifer McCarey: Women and Solidarity: The Red Clydeside and Belfast 1919

Chairperson: Dr Jenny Farrell.

IWD Period Party

Ulster Sports Club, 7.30 – 10.30pm

IWD Period Party with The Hormone Health Coach, Maria Rafferty for a night of talking all things Periods and everything in between!

The Homeless Period are back again with a second PERIOD PARTY to celebrate International Women’s Day and all things periods! They are delighted that the amazing Hormone Health Coach, Maria Rafferty will join them to deliver her informative and very necessary talk on everything we should know (but don’t know) about that bloody time of the month.

There’s also a big phat period quiz, a giant uterus costume, GRL PWR tunes, period themed biscuits and cupcakes, HPB goodie bags, a vulva making competition, and lots of other fun games with prizes to be won! BUT above all, they offer a safe space to engage in empowering discussions on every weird and wonderful thing about periods, vulvas and everything in between.

Recommended dress code: Pink or/and Red

International Women’s Day at The Merchant

Merchant Hotel, 6pm

An evening celebrating the accomplishments of women; please note ticket sales have now closed for this event.

Saturday 7 March

Rights in Sight – IWD Rally 2020

Writer’s Square, 11am

Reclaim the Agenda say everyone is welcome for their “Rights in Sight” International Women’s Day Rally, at Writers Square with circus performers, party bags, face painting, women’s drumming band – those hearty Ukes will be strumming away.

Bring your banner, your friend, your grandparents, your dog, yourself and let’s get marching, singing and dancing as we celebrate our achievements and promote our campaigns.

Unite the Union are asking members ask members to meet at St. Annes Cathedral steps from 10.30am to join the March which leaves Writers Square at 11.00am.

GRSNI Presents: The Big IWD Gig!

Oh Yeah Music Centre, 7.30pm – midnight

“GRSNI Presents” is the new gig series from the Girls Rock! chapter in NI and they launch their first gig of 2020 with an International Women’s Day special!

Performances from Sasha Samara, Alumna, Problem Patterns, Gender Chores and a special DJ set from Sister Ghost & Heart Shaped.

Doors 7pm
Tickets: General admission £7 / £5 unwaged/student

Proceeds go toward future GRSNI camps and classes.

Sunday 8 March (IWD)

Women of the Cathedral Tour

Belfast Cathedral, 1pm

COme along to the Cathedral to learn more about the amazing women, past and present, who contributed to the maintenance, funding, design, and architecture of the Cathedral.

The trail is included in your admission price and if you quote “Belfast Children’s Festival” on entry, you get 20% off.

Wookalily At The Sunflower

The Sunflower Public House, 3 – 6pm

Wookalily are back in the Sunflower Pub to release their new single ‘WHISKEY AND WINE’ for International Women’s Day.

3:00pm DOORS
3:15pm Si
3:45pm Accomplice Moon
4:15pm Bläk Byrd
6:00pm END

Five women, ten instruments. Wookalily present ambitious folk music. Daring to dissolve musical and generic boundaries. Irreverently intertwining the disciplines of blues, rock, punk and more to create a unique and singular musical menagerie that must be witnessed to be truly experienced. Audiences will be left spinning with transcendent melodies and floating on ethereal vocals. It is a music that transports you to an ‘other’ place, somewhere between forever and the fleeting immediacy of now.

Women in Whiskey

Babel Belfast, 8pm

As part of International Women’s Day, Bushmills and The Sexton Irish whiskeys are taking over Babel with a night celebrating the female bartending talent of Belfast.

Special guest bartenders will be showcasing the diversity of Irish whiskey with a carefully curated menu of classic cocktails and modern twists.

Learn all about these fantastic local brands from those that know it best with Bushmills brand ambassador Lauren McMullan and The Sexton master blender Alex Thomas.

Entry is free and guests will receive a Black Bush Old Fashioned on arrival with special offers on cocktails throughout the night, a dedicated “tasting room”, live DJ and tasty treats – a night not to be missed!


Please let us know if we missed any amazing IWD events in the CQ and we will add them in here – email features@cathedralquarternelfast.com. Remember to tag us and use the #CQBelfast hashtag if you are out and about in the Cathedral Quarter this weekend.

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