POW! Banner makers needed!


POW! are looking for banner makers and walkers!

Would you or your group, like to make a banner and be part of our International Women's Day procession for the official launch this years POW! Festival? Are you part of a group that supports or celebrates women's issues, or, would you and a group of friends like to make a banner to celebrate inspirational women and be part of our procession?

If you would like to find out more about how to be involved in this project, please e-mail info@powthanet.com for more information.

This years POW! 2019 official launch will open with a procession of banners created by women from local organisations around Thanet and will be led by artist Jessica Voorsanger. On Friday 8th March, the different groups with their banners, will meet and will form a procession leading to Turner Contemporary. This will be the main focal point of the launch of POW! 2019.


In 2018, as part of the Artichoke / 14 – 18 Now Festival, artist Jessica Voorsanger worked with Turner Contemporary in collaboration with a group of local artists and makers to create the banner for this event. POW! 2018 commissioned artist Tracie Peisley to work alongside her, and with a small group of people from the community in Thanet, created the POW! Banner which then took part in the procession, in London.

See here for more information: turnercontemporary.org

Award from ROSA for POW!'s community work

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We are delighted to announce we have been awarded £20,000 from UK women's charity Rosa to continue workshops with our isle community groups.

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Recently Natasha, who took part last festival, came with us on the Processions 2018 march after helping make the POW Thanet banner. A proud moment for us all and something we really believe in here. We cannot wait to build on this and start working on wonderful art projects again with superstars like Tash. Thank you Rosa!

You can read more about the POW! banner on the projects page here.

We will continue to update you about our continuing work using the ROSA award over the coming months.

Politics Cafe: Sylvia Pankhurst

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Katherine Connelly, author of the book Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire, will be speaking at the Thanet Left meeting. From militant suffragette at the beginning of the twentieth century to campaigner against colonialism in Africa after the Second World War, Sylvia Pankhurst dedicated her life to fighting oppression and injustice. 

In this vivid biography, Katherine Connelly examines Pankhurst’s role at the forefront of significant developments in the history of radical politics. She guides us through Pankhurst's construction of a suffragette militancy which put working-class women at the heart of the struggle, her championing of the Bolshevik Revolution and her clandestine attempts to sabotage the actions of the British state, as well as her early identification of the dangers of Fascism. 

The book explores the dilemmas, debates and often painful personal consequences faced by Pankhurst which were played out in her art, writings and activism. It argues that far from being an advocate of disparate causes, Pankhurst’s campaigns were united by an essential continuity which hold vital lessons for achieving social change. This lively and accessible biography presents Pankhurst as a courageous and inspiring campaigner, of huge relevance to those engaged in social movements today.

We Can't Keep Quiet!

For our opening ceremony, we are forming a massive choir to sing Milck’s - I Can’t Keep Quiet, and a specially composed anthem as part of Emily Peasgood’s Voice100 project. We are looking for women, men, girls and boys of all ages to take part in the premiere on Wednesday 7th March at Turner Contemporary, Margate. See links to more information below.

If you’d like to take part, rehearsals for the event begin at Cliftonville Community Centre, on Tuesday 9th January at 7.45pm. There is no audition and everyone is welcome – so please come along.

If you need more information or have any questions, please contact powthanet@gmail.com with the words 'festival choir' in the e-mail title.

You can download the music here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ugtc2ijosoxz151/AAA18wthoeph5_dxk_oW3xMYa?dl=0

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 6th March, 7.45pm - Final POW! Festival Choir Rehearsal, Cliftonville Community Centre, St Paul’s Road, Margate, CT9 2DB.

Wednesday 7th March, 6pm-9pm -  Performance at opening of POW! 2018 at Turner Contemporary

Find Out More:
I Can’t Keep Quiet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cc_neVdjb4 (please note we will be using an adapted version with lyrics suitable for children to sing)
Voice100 - http://emilypeasgood.com/voice100/