Sydney - Tuesday 7 February, 2017. The Opera House today announced the largest ever All About Women Satellite program, taking the ideas and issues that matter to women to audiences far beyond Bennelong Point.
Sold-out sessions from the Opera House’s fifth All About Women festival on Sunday 5 March will be streamed live to 26 venues around Australia and New Zealand, including Academy Award-winner Geena Davis and the Nasty Women panel.
Davis will share share insights, garnered from her stellar three-decade career and the work of her institue The Geena Davis Insitute of Gender in Media, into Hollywood and and the global film industry in her talk Women and Media. Geena will discuss how much work still needs to be done before films, television and streaming services represent the full spectrum of gender and why this is so important for young audiences the world over.
Satellite audiences will participate in an exclusive backstage interview with Jessa Crispin to explore what it means to be a feminist as she discusses her book Why I'm Not A Feminist.
To round-out the day, audiences will be able to join the discussion on what happens when women stop attempting to conform and instead adopt the tag ‘nasty woman’ as a badge of honour, with Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Van Badham and Lindy West.
“The ever-growing appetite for what All About Women offers is underlined by the fact that our Satellite program is growing in terms of the number of partipating venues and geographic reach each year,“ says Danielle Harvey, Head of International Development at the Sydney Opera House and co-curator of All About Women.
"Women are banding together more than ever at the moment," she says. "This program is a way to feed that sense of community, regardless of distance. Our partner venues make a tremendous effort of owning this day, engaging with their local community, and making it an event to be remembered."
Full list of participating venues:
Canberra Theatre Centre, ACT
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, NSW
Blacktown City Libraries, NSW
Broken Hill City Library, NSW
Byron Theatre, NSW
Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, NSW
Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW
Jetty Theatre, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, NSW
Taree Library, Taree, NSW
Merrigong Theatre Company, Wollongong, NSW
Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), Lismore, NSW
University of New England, Armidale, NSW
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, NSW
Wagga Wagga Civic Centre, NSW
Alice Springs Public Library, NT
City of Darwin Library, NT
HotHouse Theatre, Wodonga, VIC
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
James Cook University, Townsville, QLD
Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, QLD
Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Screen Queensland Newstead, QLD
Screen Tasmania (Department of State Growth) Hobart, TAS
Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand
The Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand
Across its programming, the Sydney Opera House is dedicated to sharing Opera House experiences with the largest possible audience. This year‘s All About Women festival will provide seven accessible sessions across the day:
- Lindy West: Shrill (Auslan interpreted)
- Clementine Ford: Hate Male (Auslan interpreted)
- Julia Baird: Bossy Queen Victoria (captioned)
- Karen O'Brien: The Challenge of Change (captioned)
- Jessa Crispin: Not A Feminist (captioned)
- Lucy Clark: Sausage Factory Schools (captioned)
- Backstage in Biscuit Land (relaxed performance)