Sydney Opera House celebrates fourth All About Women festival

All About Women 2016, Miranda July. Image: Yaya Stempler.

All About Women 2016, Miranda July. Image: Yaya Stempler.

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day, Sydney Opera House held its fourth annual All About Women festival on Sunday 6 March.

Taking over all six venues at the Sydney Opera House, the festival showcased female storytellers and thinkers from around the world, including speakers such as Miranda July, Carrie Brownstein, Piper Kerman, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Crystal Lameman, Rosie Waterland and Mallory Ortberg.

Co-curated by Ann Mossop and Danielle Harvey,  themes discussed during the day included Indigenous women’s connection to the land, incarceration, domestic violence, masculinity, true crime, work/life balance, neurodiversity, and much more. The festival was also livestreamed to satellite event partners at 19 locations around Australia and New Zealand.

Most talks have been filmed and are now available online at the Sydney Opera House Talks & Ideas Youtube channel.

Audiences keen to engage with the festival can also watch “Not Showing In Cinemas This Summer”, a series of three trailers inspired by Lenny Letter’s “Realistic Female-Driven Film Treatments” that would definitely pass the Bechdel test.

Over 150 audience members experienced  performance artist’s Brian Lobel’s You Have To Forgive Me, You Have To Forgive Me, You Have To Forgive Me, a unique performance where audiences shared a cosmo with the artist and had their problems “solved” by a Sex and the City diagnosis.

A further 1000 plus audience members and Sydney Opera House visitors experienced digital media artist Lynette Wallworth’s haunting and intimate installation “Evolution of Fearlessness,” a work which connects its viewers through video portraits to women who have survived great hardship.  The exhibition will remain in the Western Foyers for free through to Sunday 13 March. Click here for more information.

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Published: 7 March 2016