Women’s Work 2017


2017 Programme artwork and design Stuart Bell and Agata Sasiuk

Women’s Work returns, 24th – 29th May, 2017.

Now in it’s second year Women’s Work is a unique festival for Belfast celebrating women in music. The purpose is to raise the visibility of women who are generally in the minority in music, by hosting a range of activities that are open to all genders and include showcases, gigs, special events, panels, talks, and exhibitions.

This year’s programme includes over 50 acts, creatives and DJs across 6 dedicated days, with additional content across the whole month of May. Up to 30 industry speakers, panellists, facilitators and writers will also lead a series of discussions, talks and workshops. Participating venues include Oh YeahStart Together Studio, the Black BoxPavilion and Strand Arts Centre.

Back in March Oh Yeah put out an open call for creative women to participate in a group photo, over 80 people took part and the photo now features in the festival brochure, with a framed version to be added to the NI Music Exhibition.

Women’s Work is supported by Help Musicians NIPRS Foundation and The Department for Communities.

Members of the public can look forward to a number of events, including:

  • In conversation with Sylvia Patterson, music journalist and author of I’m Not With The Band: A Writer’s Life Lost in Music.A 30 year journey that includes interviews with Prince, Beyoncé, Eminem, Madonna, George Michael, Shaun Ryder and more, making it one of the best rock memoirs of 2016.


  • Q&A with mastering engineer Mandy Parnell(The XX, Bjork, Sigur Ros and Brian)



  • Exclusive rooftop twilight gig with Katharine Philippa who will be performing new material.





  • Girls Rock School NI comes together with GRS Edinburgh and GRS Dublin for workshops, tuition, discussion and performance.


  • Screening in association with Touch Sensitive Records of A Life In Waves, exploring the life and innovations of composer and electronic music pioneer, Suzanne Ciani – “the American Delia Derbyshire of The Atari Generation”.


  • A weekend of screenings at the Strand Arts Centre including Sonita, Ruby and The Duke and What Happened Miss Simone.


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