In Thanet, the first major marking of this event was last year, after a group of artists, curators, performers, writers and producers got together and worked hard to form POW! Thanet, an isle-wide festival... POW! Thanet brought excitement, positivity and a tangible sense of passion and empowerment to the area...
— Margate Mercury
POW!Thanet launches on Wednesday (March 8) with an eclectic melange of events across Broadstairs, Cliftonville, Margate and Ramsgate.
Ramsgate Tandoori kicks off the festival, hosting a pot-luck global lunch. Proceeds will go to Mencap, and guests are invited to bring a dish from their own cultural background – anything from pizza to paella...
— Isle of Thanet News
Ramsgate composer Emily Peasgood wants people to contribute stories for a day-long exhibition or take part in a performance of her piece Birds at Turner Contemporary on March 11. Birds and Other Stories is a composition by Emily that celebrates women and has been put together for the POW festival as part wider celebrations around International Women's Week...
— Kent Live
“Revolutions featuring Claire de Lune, Heidi Plant and Rosie Emerson at The Viking Gallery for POW! Thanet”
One event from the programme is an exhibition titled Revolutions curated by participating artist Claire de Lune. Claire invited Margate artist Heidi Plant and Worthing artist Rosie Emerson to exhibit alongside her in Cliftonville's Viking Gallery. ...
POW! Thanet International Women's Day festival will run from March 8-11 and this year's theme is Movers and Makers, to tie in with the Entangled exhibition at Turner Contemporary! There will be daily lunchtime talks at the Royal Yacht Club in Ramsgate, thought-provoking exhibitions, a musical premiere to be performed at Turner Contemporary on the last day and a number of cabaret-style events showcasing the talent of female musicians throughout the four days.
— Kent Live
We asked the audience how they felt about the POW! 2017 programme:
"It was truly inspirational"
"There was a positive energy and encouraged positive role models"
"Opportunity to see interesting work from emerging artists"
"I enjoyed the diversity and atmosphere"
"I felt a strong community spirit and friendliness"
" The events were welcoming and accessible with high quality of work"
"I loved the interaction and inclusiveness. It was great to meet new people"
"It is vitally important to celebrate the power of women in our community and build ever-stronger networks of women in the local area. POW! is a great platform for doing both"
"Diverse, inclusive, and full of community spirit”