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Here I Am – IWW 2019 Line-Up Announced!

Monday, December 3, 2018

We are excited to stage stories of identity for International Women’s Week in March 2019!

A car dealer selling global issues. A teen girl introducing her family to her girlfriend. A spoken word piece defying victimhood. A woman fighting to get to the moon. Another reflecting on her relationship with her body. This year’s line-up is full of inspiring stories from women embracing their identities! We will again be producing and taking to the community our cabaret of monologues to celebrate International Women’s Week. This year’s theme is Here I Am, focusing on coming into one’s own, often in the face of adversity. The evening will offer a diverse line-up of monologues by Canadian playwrights as well as performance pieces by local creator/performers. The goal of the cabaret is to honour women by telling their stories and to explore multiple perspectives to represent the scope of women’s experiences. Read more about the full line-up here!

There will be two community performances on March 9, 2019, one at 4pm and the other at 8pm. Tickets for these performances can be found here. We will also be touring the monologues throughout the community for the week of March 3 to the 10.

About International Women’s Day: In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolutions calling on member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the UN’s lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day (IWD). Over time, International Women’s Day has grown into a week-long series of commemorative events and activities across the country, recognizing global progress toward general equality.


FemFest Community Consultation: Follow-Up

Monday, November 26, 2018

In April of this year, we sat down with community members to get their input on the future of FemFest. Our goal was to ensure that the festival continues to be built on community and collaboration, with the intent to inspire, challenge, and transform. As Sarasvati’s most recognizable contribution to the Winnipeg theatre scene, we wanted to ensure that the question, “Where do we go from here?” doesn’t get asked just within the organization. We invited community support organizations, donors, FemFest attendees, and volunteers to be part of this creative and meaningful consultation.

During FemFest 2018 in September, we held a follow-up meeting to report back on the results of this consultation and accompanying surveys. Cate Friesen of The Story Source joined us once again to go over the summary of our findings and talk about how Sarasvati is planning to implement these changes. Each attendee left with a hard copy of the Executive Summary of these results. Others who were unable to attend expressed an interest in these findings, and we wanted to make them accessible to everyone. We are committed to continued engagement with the community about the future of FemFest, and invite you to read through the summary of our April consultation and surveys below.

Executive Summary – What is FemFest called to be in these times? Reflecting Back and Imagining Forward

Special thank you to Cate from The Story Source and all those who participated in the original consultation, the follow-up, and the online surveys. We truly value your input and look forward to reimagining all that FemFest can be!


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