Events celebrating Women’s Month

August is Women’s month, and it’s a bittersweet event every year. The month is meant to be a celebration of women and the role they’ve played in our history  — which is why we celebrate Women’s Day on the 9th of August, the anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March against pass laws — as well as our place in society, but more often than not it ends up highlighting the struggles and dangers that women face every day. The Total Shutdown march took place on the 1st of August as a protest against Gender Based Violence, but the reaction of the police and the aftermath has left womxn feeling even more disheartened than before.

Women’s Month can sometimes feel like a hopeless celebration of something we have yet to achieve, but there are some events that are working towards creating a better for world, either through in-depth conversations or through creating revolutionary spaces. Take a look at a few of them below.

Pussy Party

Where: Joburg – Kitcheners, Braamfontein
When: 8th August

Pussy Party is an intersectional monthly event held at Kitcheners on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The event provides a space in which no toxic masculinity or harassment of any kind is tolerated, using night life as a form of revolutionary protest and transformation. The August edition is aptly named Every Day is Women’s Dayand will occur on the 8th of August –  the eve of Women’s day.

Ain’t Life a Drag

Where: Cape Town – The Raptor Room
When: 24th August

Hustle Mary events are queer-inclusive, themed celebrations, and this month’s edition celebrates all things drag. Ain’t Life a Drag will turn the Raptor Room will be a drag and burlesque extravaganza, with performances and DJs to keep the night going. Hustle Mary identifies itself as a space for all queers, gender non conformers and allies.

The Grand Exhibition

Where: Cape Town – Gardens Commercial High School
When:
11th August

The Grand Exhibition, Cape Town Burlesque Showcase is a fundraising event which has been running since 2015. The event will showcase top Burlesque talent, and profits from the event will go towards the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust. As well as the performance, there will be a bespoke burlesque market as well as food and drink vendors on the night.

We Listen, Women’s Day Edition

Where: Cape Town – 8 Scott Road
When: 9th August

We Listen is a lounge-based afternoon listening sesh with a lineup of inimitable women who have something magical to share. The event is part party, part chill session, part makeup with food and clothes on sale. It is an event by women, for women – check it out to bond and connect and celebrate women’s day together.

Puma X Select Stories

Where: Joburg – the Puma store courtyard, Braamfontein
When: 11 August

Puma Select Stories is a monthly even bringing industry leaders and game changers into a Q&A session with the audience, and  the Women’s Month edition will look at identity in arts, culture and entertainment from a Femme perspective. The speakers are Colleen Balchin (Pussy Party co-founder and DJ) and Koleka Putuma (Poet and author).

Cerebral

Where: Joburg – Kitcheners, Braamfontein
When: 9th August

Continuing the Kitcheners x Pussy Party tradition of revolutionising night life, Cerebral is a celebration in alignment with ideas of sexual revolution. The event page on Facebook discusses a piece of writing, “The Dialectic of Sex by Shulamith Firestone presents ideas on how to deal with the issues of people who face numerous castes of oppression. Knowledge is free so take from it what you will.” The event is a creative mashup of music, fashion and art, so come prepared to engage with all of your senses.

 

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