On Sunday 5 March, the Sydney Opera House will host its fifth annual All About Women festival – a day of talks, performances, dancing, and ideas, exploring the issues that matter most to women.
On the day, thousands of women (and some men) will be part of important conversations led by some of the world’s most legendary women, hundreds more will join in via 26 live stream events and festival-goers will be treated to inspiring and bold free activities. A collaborative rewriting of history from Sydney’s favourite contemporary performance company post, and an exhibition of stunning photography from Standing Rock complement hard-hitting headliners, big ideas and extraordinary stories.
History of the World (in five hours)
As we know, history was mostly written by men – and now it’s time for a bit of herstory! At All About Women, theatre-makers, Mish Grigor and Natalie Rose of post will undo the damage of the past and rewrite history using stories collected at the festival. Each conversation will begin where the last one left off – a daisy chain, mapping every moment in time (or as much as can be covered in five hours).
Theatre company post are known for attempting impossible tasks – explaining the GFC without doing any research, destroying the western theatrical canon with shark puns, or living in the same hotel room for three weeks with only two-minute noodles and Mars-flavoured Pods to keep them alive. You can catch them in the Western Foyer all day on March 5.
Standing Rock: Protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline
From Friday 24 February to Wednesday 8 March, the Western Broadwalk will host an exhibition of photographs by French-Caribbean/Italian photographer, Celine Guiout. Standing Rock: Protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline features stunning images of protestors taken at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota late last year.
The stunning series features portraits of women taken at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota late last year. The women featured in the exhibition have been protesting the planned Dakota Access Pipeline, a crude oil conduit planned for construction beneath Lake Oahe and the Missouri River, which the traditional owners of the land say will threaten their main water supply.
As Celine Guiout told VICE Broadly last year: "Women are definitely a driving force in this massive gathering…All the women I had the chance to meet throughout my stay were incredibly optimistic about the outcome and peaceful resolution of the current situation. These women were completely unmovable in their faith.