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

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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.