POW! Newsletter August 2019


POW! Newsletter August 2019

We’ll keep this one short and sweet as we know August is not about reading long emails! It’s been a celebratory month for POW! as we sat down as a team for the first time to put shape to our 2020 Festival Programme, examining each Expression of Interest carefully.

If you’ve submitted an EOI to us, you can expect to hear from us from September onwards. Heartfelt thanks from us all for sharing such an inspiring crop of ideas.


Margate Pride

The POW! team had a blast taking part in Margate Pride’s huge procession event last Saturday, marching alongside our partners, Oasis Domestic Abuse Service. It was also great catching up with our Founder, Christina Clark-McQuaid, who helped carry Tracie Peisley’s wonderful “I can’t keep quiet” banner. Despite the windy weather, 1000’s showed up on the streets of Cliftonville and central Margate to support diversity and equality and celebrate LGBT+ people. Special congratulations to our Performance Curator, Amy Redmond, who is on the organising committee for Margate Pride.


POW! is hiring….

We are looking for an experienced and connected PR / Media specialist for POW! 2020.

You will be able to sniff out and develop news stories about both the festival programme and POW!’s community projects, securing local and national media coverage and making sure that our voice is heard. We have a lot to shout about and we need you to do the shouting!

For more details go to powthanet.com/opportunities

Closing date: Wednesday 4th September.


Coming soon....

Next month we’ll be talking about Making Waves, POW! Director Jan Ryan’s UK Arts International showcase event for emerging performers, as part of Margate Festival, with the launch evening hosted by Brigitte Aphrodite. Whether you’re taking part or not, you may be interested to attend a special Professional Development Day, happening on 14 September, at Margate Adult Education Centre. This event, hosted by Charlotte Jones, Director of ITC (Independent Theatre Council), is for all performance-based creatives and will cover networking, contracting and everything you need to know to get your show on the road. For information contact the Making Waves team here makingwavesthanet.co.uk


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Look out for....

Finally, don’t forget to check out the Songbirds programme which we’re supporting at The Gulbenkian in Canterbury, which features exciting female singers and musicians from across the globe. Starting in October. Tickets are already selling fast. For more information see here

Whether you’re off on holiday or hitting the local beaches, we wish you a splendid rest of the summer holiday period. We will be back with more news in September.


The POW! Team

POW! Newsletter July 2019

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Summer has arrived and we’re feeling a big energy boost in the office this week as we start laying the foundations of POW! 2020.

Thanks to all who submitted an Expression of Interest for next year’s programme, it was our biggest response yet and we are enjoying looking through all your proposals #powerofwomen.


New POW! events and collaborations

On 10th August, POW! will be marching for Margate Pride and we invite you to join us. Even better, come along first to the launch of our POW! social events at Margate Arts Club on 1st August from 6pm-9pm, where we’ll be making beautiful POW! Pride banners, led by our Performance Curator and Margate Pride co-Director, Amy Redmond. These events will be happening regularly in the months leading up to International Women’s Day and POW! 2020. For more details click here


Last week, POW! was invited to be part of the annual ‘Best of Thanet’ showcase, hosted by Westwood Cross and collaborated with artist Margo McDaid (Margo in Margate) to display and sell a selection of prints featuring Margo’s universal messages of female empowerment, ‘Be Kind’, ‘Be Brave’.
We asked people ‘What does feminism mean to you?’ and received a dozen or so comments.


From our friends

The Ramsgate Festival Of Sound 2019 features a raft of female artists among it's headline acts this year including World famous percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and artists who have featured in previous POW! festivals including jazz singer Sabina Desir, keyboard player Jessica Lauren and sound artist Emily Peasgood.

The festival takes place between 20th and 28th July in venues across the town and on 25th July, Dame Evelyn Glennie will be performing alongside Trio HLK. A virtuoso multi-percussionist, Glennie has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12, but is one of the UK’s most recognised classical performers who has worked alongside Bjork and Underworld and was invited to lead 1000 drummers in the Opening Ceremony to the London Olympics Games 2012.  Tickets are selling fast. For more information and to check ticket availability please click here


We’re delighted to hear that Brigitte Aphrodite is presenting her new musical ‘Parakeet’ at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. ‘Parakeet’ premiered at Elsewhere, Margate, as part of the closing event for POW! 2019. Tickets are available here

Have a great July, from all of us at POW!


POW! news May 2020 - Calling all Creatives


Calling all Creatives

Would you like to be part of POW! 2020? Next week, POW! will be hosting our Open Forum Meetings, for all creatives living in and outside of Thanet who are interested in submitting ideas for our 2020 festival programme. They are being hosted in Ramsgate and Margate across two days.

On Monday 20th May, we will be in South Thanet, welcoming creatives at Ramsgate at Townley’s www.townleysramsgate.co.uk from 6pm. Then on Tuesday 21st May, we will move location to Margate Arts Club www.margateartsclub.co.uk in the North Thanet district, also starting at 6pm.

If you’re interested in POW! it’s a great way to meet the organisers and other artists, hear more about the festival, submission process and find out our theme for 2020 which is likely to revolve around diversity in all its forms. However, if you’re unable to attend, you can still submit proposals via email. Contact info@powthanet.com for more information or to RSVP to one of our Open Forum Meetings.


A Fond Farewell

At the end of April, our festival founder Christina Clark-McQuaid, said her final farewells to POW! after setting up the enterprise in 2015. Having noticed the lack of events celebrating International Women’s Day in Thanet and the local area, Christine posted a call out for interest on Facebook, which thirty women responded to and after a subsequent meeting, POW!’s first steering board was formed.

The festival, started on a budget of under £8,000, was entirely volunteer led, and featured a small number of free entry events in the three principle towns of Thanet; Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate. Four years later, POW! 2019 attracted almost 10,000 audience members and participants across 68 individual events, and the enterprise has achieved charitable status, employing several women professionally.

It goes without saying that Christina is leaving POW! on a high, and the management team and trustees couldn’t be more grateful for her work over the past four years.


News from elsewhere

  • Two of the banners featured in POW! 2019’s opening procession 'Still We Rise' were recently shortlisted for the Turner Portfolio Art Prize 2019. The selected groups were Ageless Thanet and SpeakUpCIC.

  • LGBTQ activists in Cuba have defied their government by holding an unauthorised Pride march, following the abrupt cancellation of Conga Against Homophobia (Cuba’s version of Pride festivals)

  • Alabama has become the latest US state to move to restrict abortions by passing a bill to outlaw the procedure in almost all cases.

  • Theresa May has set out plans to enforce Local Authorities by law to provide safe/secure refuge for victims of domestic abuse in a bid to raise standards of care for women and families universally.

  • BBC series, Suffragettes, starring Lucy Worsley, won a BAFTA on Sunday under the ‘Specialist Factual’ Category

Call out for POW! 2020

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POW! 2019 was "Another triumph of a festival, bigger, better and more wonderful than ever!"

POW! Thanet Festival is forward looking organisation and as we approach our fifth festival with a new team in place  we are working towards creating another exciting,  ambitious line up for next year.

If you have an idea for an event or exhibition that could become part of POW! Thanet's  March 2020 festival, whether in visual or performing arts, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for ideas and proposals from artists, performers, workshop leaders and speakers across all genres with a focus on those who live / work in Thanet.

Whether you are part of a venue or organisation, or are an individual practitioner, we invite you to join us at one of the following open forum sessions. At these informal meetings you will be able to meet the team, find out more about next year’s festival, ask questions and put forward ideas.

Monday 20th May, 6-8pm - Townleys, Albion House, Ramsgate
Tuesday 21st May,
6-8pm - Margate Arts Club

Please RSVP to info@powthanet.com

If you are unable to make these dates you can also submit your expression of interest via the online form below.

Whether you are new to the festival, or have worked with us before, we would love to hear from you, or from any artists you know who would be interested, so please spread the word!

The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is 30th June 2019.

Please note that all events are subject to funding and all expressions of interest will be considered for inclusion in the festival. If POW! plan to include your work we will let you know by 30th September.

Expression of Interest Form POW! 2020

Name *