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International Women’s Day at Kala Sangam

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Kala Sangam and Soroptimist International of Yorkshire to celebrate International Women’s Day with a day of inspirational talks, fun workshops and powerful music and dance….reports Asian Lite News

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On Thursday 08 March from 11am Kala Sangam and Soroptimist International of Yorkshire mark International Women’s Day with a programme of activity that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The day features inspirational speakers such as Bradford’s Noreen Khan, a single mother who escaped domestic abuse to found NEESIE a voluntary organistion that provides a platform for single mothers to prosper in society. In the afternoon there will also be the chance to take part in the inspiring Build a Girl workshop led by Fiona Broadfoot, a former victim of exploitation in the city who has gone on to become a prominent campaigner on the issues of the abuse of women and children in prostitution. During the day attendees will also be treated to beautiful, stirring music sung by Bradford’s Congolese refugee choir. Day ticket prices include a delicious lunch and refreshments provided by The Rooftop Café.

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The day finishes on a high with a performance of Here Comes Trouble, a rigorous personal investigation into womanhood and identity choreographed and performed by Keira Martin.

Drawing on social and cultural influences from Yorkshire, Ireland and Jamaica, Here Comes Trouble weaves together traditional music, authentic song and gutsy dance.  Best described as Irish Dance in deep thought, Keira shares hard hitting and heart-warming chapters of her life to courageously address stereotypes and challenge labels. Witness her build bridges and burn them again, each time revealing a deeper layer of herself and her heritage. This feisty yet vulnerable performance is entertaining and demonstrates the power and elegance of women in a very real and honest way. The piece is directed by Charlotte Vincent, designed by Ryan Laight and features original music composed by Jamie Roberts.

Tickets are now available for the full day of activities beginning at 11am, or join the audience for Here Comes Trouble at 6pm for just £5.