Birmingham Museums is delighted to partner with Near Neighbours for our third event celebrating Birmingham Women on International Women’s Day.

This year's programme features stories of 'Women's Journeys'. Civilization has been shaped by the movement of people, and women throughout history have journeyed across the globe seeking better lives for themselves and their families. We celebrate and share these stories through this  special event.

Celebrate: Community Showcase

12.00 - 16.00

Explore the work of local charities and organisations who work with and support migrating communities. Including performances on the hour by artists who work with or are themselves refugees. Take part in creative activities allowing you to share your own story or learn more about migration though art.  

Performances at 1.30 & 2.30pm by Sisters in Mbira Presented by Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham.

Sisters in Mbira are a duo comprising Millicent Chapanda and Anna Mudeka who incorporate drumming, dance and storytelling in their performance.

They are proponents of cultural practices found in the music and oral traditions of the lived experience of women in Zimbabwe. The duo have together and separately been involved in performance and cultural heritage events. They have a keen awareness of gender issues and barriers affecting women both in the diaspora and in Zimbabwe. The music of Sisters in Mbira is a panoply of reflective, ‘dance happy’, bubbling, introspective and engaging rhythms from the deep cultural well of the heritage of Zimbabwe.

In the Industrial Gallery and Round Room.

No booking necessary, just drop in.

Tell me a Story

18.00 - 19.00

‘Tell me a Story’ aims to bring together women of diverse backgrounds in Birmingham to share stories that celebrate them and their journeys.  Continuing with the theme of ‘Migration’ and we will hear from women who have migrated and settled in Birmingham. By working with a storyteller these women have built the confidence to explore and share their story for the final section of the day.

In the Edwardian Tearooms. Tea and coffee available. 

Pre-booking for this event is advised.

Part of the Civilisations Festival. A UK-wide festival running from 2nd – 11th March 2018 with events inspired by the subject matter of the BBC Two series – the story of civilisations from around the world, revealed through art and culture.

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