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 *

EmPOWerment at POW! 2019

POW! Thanet 2019, was our most successful  Festival so far. Here are some of the many, many comments we have received:
"Another triumph of a festival, bigger, better and more wonderful than ever!"
"Brilliant, warm, welcoming and upbeat"
"Blown away by the programme of work and great fizz that POW creates around our small town. It's an urgent festival that gives powerful women space and a voice - and brings allies out into shared conversations"
"Couldn't thank you and the rest of the team more for what you all bring to the Isle"
"Thank you so much for having us at your brilliant festival - we are so very proud to be part of it!!"
" The programme of events was wonderful....Congratulations to the POW! team"

And we couldn't have done it without YOU!
The POW! team send their heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part in the festival, volunteered their help, or came to our events and made the festival a great community experience.


We'd also like to thank our funders, sponsors, supporters, partners and all the amazing venues and artists who were part of the  67 events and exhibitions that made up POW! 2019.
See more fantastic images of the festival here


Please also  take a look at Zola Kinden’s  beautiful poster specially designed for POW!  as part of a competition with Canterbury College students set up by our Visual Arts Coodinator, Claire Orme. You can buy this poster for £10  via the website, here.
Every purchase helps support POW! continue our work in Thanet.


Save the Date - Be part of POW! 2020
We are now looking towards the 2020 Festival and will shortly be inviting Expressions of Interest from artists who would like to be part of next year’s POW!  

Open Forum Events will be held  in Ramsgate and Margate on Monday 20th May and Thursday 23rd May. Further details, including the theme of the next festival, will be publicised  at the beginning of May.
Keep an eye out for more information via e-mail and social media.

Streetwalking - a walking women’s manifesto

A walking women’s manifesto

On 17th March 2019, Sonia Overall led a public walk as part of POW! 2019 to consider how we read women in public spaces. Some of the 24 participants contributed to the following walking manifesto and list of survival kit texts at the end of the walk.


We should feel entitled to our own space. We should be walking to ‘look’, not to be looked at. We should walk in our own footsteps and not follow others. We have as much right to take up space as anyone else. (If 17% of the crowd are women, everyone thinks there are as many women as men!)


Take back the joy of walking for its own sake. Be proud – claim the space. Be brave. Be bold. Walk where you want to. Be daring in your gaze. Look at other women. Love people-watching. Smile and say hello to people. You’ll be surprised. Walk smiling. Walk frowning. Walk alone and uninhibited. Walk in new places, exploring. Be a child when walking, totally absorbed in the environment, not caring what others think. Walk happily, free of glancing at a mobile phone. Always night walk at the full moon. Banish the thought of being murdered as you walk. If you don’t want to walk alone, get a dog or borrow one. Do not follow someone else’s footsteps. Follow your own path to create your own dreams, not someone else’s. Walk through life and try to find the strength to share.


Empathy for women’s spaces. Public design of space, managing pavements, restricting cars. No parking on pavements. No racing towards zebra and pelican crossings when someone is crossing. Respect for pedestrians. Better pavement surfaces. Better street lighting. Protection of public toilets to enjoy walking.


For street homeless women to be safe. To make the environment shine for all women walkers, including those for whom walking is too often imposed.

Texts for a feminist survival kit

readings from the walk & recommendations from participants

  • Ahmed, Sara. Living a Feminist Life

  • Angelou, Maya. I Rise

  • Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre

  • Burns, Anna. Milkman

  • Carter, Angela. Wise Children

  • Elkin, Lauren. Flâneuse

  • Fey, Tina. Bossypants

  • Rhys, Jean. Quartet and After Leaving Mr Mackenzie

  • Rich, Adrienne. ‘When We Dead Awaken’

  • Solnit, Rebecca. Wanderlust

  • Wesley, Mary. The Camomile Lawn

  • Woolf, Virginia. Mrs Dalloway

If you are a walking woman who has created a manifesto, or you would be interested in contributing to a network walking manifesto, please contact Sonia through her website

For more information please visit Sonia’s website http://women-who-walk.org/streetwalking/

Photograph by Rebekah Dean.

Photograph by Rebekah Dean.