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Take Up Space Festival

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From Monday 2 - Sunday 8 2020, we’re marking International Women’s Day with a five-day celebration of community, collaboration and connection in Folkestone.

We’ll be bringing together brilliant speakers, artists, activists and makers from across the world. Highlights include banging beats from Big Joanie; spitting rhymes with Shay D; spoken word queen, Vanessa Kisuule; and Amy Bell, blending dance, text, and animation with a live digital soundscape. 

Emerging from previous International Women’s Day celebrations in Folkestone, the Take Up Space five-day festival is bigger, bolder and even more ambitious.

We’ve got poetry, performances, film, dance, thought-provoking discussions plus a whole lot more. Connect and collaborate by taking part in our diverse workshops, events and exhibitions. Expect pop-up markets, craftivism, amazing vegan food along with five spectacular days of women supporting women.

Join us in March 2020, when we’re bringing women together to connect, collaborate, gain strength and support each other to tackle patriarchy and to Take Up Space! 

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4th March, 7:30pm

Boldly combining the power of dance and cinema, Mari tells the story of professional dancer and choreographer Charlotte (acclaimed dancer...

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Big Joanie, with support from ARXX and Pink Suits

6th March, 7pm

London DIY feminist punk band Big Joanie formed in 2013 releasing their first EP Sistah Punk in 2014 and their new album Sistahs in 2019....

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Amy Bell: The Forecast

7th March, 7pm

As the only dyke in the dance class, Amy finds new moves for a more radical notion of femininity. On a witty journey of transformation and...

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Shay D: Queens of Art

7th March, 9pm

The Queens of Art tour celebrates the launch of Shay D’s recently released album Human Writes. Performing with DJ Ellie Prohan - both award...

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Vanessa Kisuule

8th March, 3pm

Writer and performer Vanessa Kisuule has won over ten slam titles, been featured on BBC iPlayer, Radio 1, and Radio 4's Woman's Hour, The...

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