Equator women of the world Festival - September and October

The Equator Festival - initiative of Shiva Nova director Priti Paintal goes from strength to strength, having been founded in 2007! Luckily still retaining Arts Council support the Festival once again presents a stunning and original programme in London with two 'all dayers on  September 22nd and October 20th at Kings Place. There are three brilliant  events each day and day passes available, effectively three for the price of two. .


A highlight involving founder Women in Music member Shirley Thompson is called Windrush on September 22nd

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the SS Windrush’s arrival with passengers from the West Indies seeking a new life in Great Britain and planning to help rebuild a broken nation. With instrumental music, spoken word and video, composer/artistic director Shirley J Thompson and guest musicians and composers bring narratives and memories from the Windrush experience.

Also on the 22nd there is Tsungai Tsikirai is an award-winning singer–songwriter and dancer from Zimbabwe, now based in the UK. With her southern African group Flame Lily Arts she brings a vibrant combination of dance and music influenced by the legendary sounds of Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie and Angélique Kidjo.

The October date is equallyimpressive 

Diversity Arts Network meeting - Friday Sept 14th Quarterhouse Folkestone

Diversity Arts Network meeting

Diversity and Youth + Arts Council South East's Diversity Strategy + the future of DAN


Friday Sept 14th, Quarterhouse, Folkestone, 1-5.30pm· 


Our next DAN session will be in 3 parts - it is an important session so do please try and attend as your input at this stage would be vital in shaping future strategy around Diversity for the region.  We will be discussing Young people and Diversity and how to involve them in any future diversity developments. The Gulbenkian Theatre and the Quarterhouse will be talking about their recent projects with young people and developments from this.  

Following this Terry Adams, Diversity Officer from Arts Council South East office will be talking about their Diversity Strategy and we will be able to feedback on this and input via email. 

Finally there will be a short session on the future of DAN, how members would like it to develop,  what role and purpose it could have, and which organisations should be involved in leading on this.



1pm - 1.30: Arrival/ Networking

1.30-2.30pm: Young people and Diversity

2.30-3pm: Q&A 

3-3.15pm: Coffee/Tea break

3.15-4pm: Arts Council Diversity Strategy

4-4.30pm: Feedback and Q&A

4.30-5pm: Future and role of DAN discussion

5-5.15 - Summing up

5.15-5.30 Networking


A light lunch/sandwiches will be available from 1pm. 

Spaces are limited so please book early on: 



Further chances to have 1-1 sessions on marketing, funding, and project development from specialist advisors are possible to set-up depending on demand.

Please do email us back on [email protected] if you are interested in a 1-1 session. 

We are also inviting artists and young people to talk about their work. 

If you want to speak about your work, or looking for suitable partners please do send us further details.

 Arts and Cultural organisations can lead the way in diversity as an integral part of what they do, the work they programme and the staff they employ so that arts and culture can belong to everyone.


Coming up:     

Equator at the Quarterhouse

Carmen Souza - Cape Verdean songstress with an African and jazz mix

Friday Sept 14th, 7.30pm

( do ask us for discounted tickets esp for DAN members) 

Women of the World at Kings Place London

Sat Sept 22nd and Sat Oct 20th



Launch of Yorkshire Sound Women Network C.I.C. takes place on Friday 14 September (book by Friday 7 September)

INVITE: Launch of Yorkshire Sound Women Network C.I.C.

Friday 14 September

DINA, 32a-34 Cambridge Street, Sheffield, S1 4HP


Yorkshire Sound Women Network (YSWN) was founded in 2015 by women working in the sound technology industry who wanted to use their skills and influence to address gender and racial inequality.

Our mission is to support a flourishing industry which welcomes, encourages, progresses and respects the inclusion of women into the workforce at all levels from the studio floor to board room, and reflects the diversity of its participating communities.

YSWN enable the artistic and technical development of women and girls through access to resources, skills sharing, and collaborative opportunities. To date, we have delivered over 80 workshops, inspired new regional groups across Yorkshire and beyond, and are planning industry and education activities aligned to our new Business Plan.

Please join us for the official launch of YSWN as a Community Interest Company as we celebrate our work to date and reveal our new website and advocacy tools. Find out how you can contribute to redressing the gender balance in sound technology in Yorkshire and hear performances from inspirational musicians!

6pm: Drinks & Launch presentation

7.30pm: Gig – featuring performances by Supriya Nagarajan, Cyanching Wu and DJ Abigail Ward, plus an Open Studio with SONA.

We'd be delighted if you could join us. RSVP to [email protected] by Friday 7 September, and please let us know if you're able to stay for the gig in the evening. 

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

With best wishes

Heidi Johnson

Development Manager

Yorkshire Sound Women Network

3M Buckley Innovation Centre, Firth Street, Huddersfield, HD1 3BD

Tel: 01484 473995

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Website: https://yorkshiresoundwomen.com/

Community Interest Company Ltd by Guarantee, registered in England & Wales. Company No: 11360765

All-women composers CD release on NMC label

Marsyas Trio have contacted WiM to let us know about an exciting CD release on a top British label, NMC Recordings. The disc features the work of five living British women composers, including Hilary Tann and Thea Musgrave, who live in the US, alongside Judith Weir and two young rising stars.

The disc also includes a bonus track of Amy Beach’s Pastorale and Caprice Op.90. The audio is paired with a short art film/music video highlighting Amy Beach’s life and accomplishments.

The film will have its first screening at the Bloomsbury Festival in London on October 17th. The Festival theme is ‘Activists and Architects of Change’, highlight the work of prominent female figures across music, literature and other visual and performing arts. The film will thereafter have an international presence via Youtube and other online media formats.

They are partnering with a few sponsors and charities, whose work and mission statements are aligned with their aims for this project. For donations of $75USD and above, they will display logos and mission statements on the opening and/or closing credits of the film.

If anyone is interested in having their logo included on this film, they should contact [email protected]


Remembering Patricia Adkins Chiti

Women in Music were very sorry to hear of the passing of Patricia Adkins Chiti, founder and director of Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica (FACDIM), in June. She was a tireless campaigner for Women in Music internationally. She will be greatly missed. Some WiM members were longstanding friends of PAC, others only met her on occasions. She always made a great impression with her focus and determination and, behind her formidable presence, warmth.

I met Patricia only once, in London in 2013 when she came to promote WIMUST, a Europe wide project campaigning for equal treatment for women creators and composers of music. We talked about my own story of struggle to establish myself as a female composer and she was both sympathetic and supportive with practical advice. It was in my meeting with her that I realised that my career difficulties had not been simply due to what I thought were my own inadequacies, but were very likely related to my gender, and I also discovered that day that there were many other women who had been through similar difficulties. A life changing moment for me.

Her friend and colleague Silvia Costa (MEP and Chair of the Committee on Culture, Education and Sport at the European Parliament) has written a powerful tribute, Patricia Adkins Chiti: A life for women in music, which is reproduced in Musicwoman. You can read it here

Here also is the Wikipedia link for PAC (as she was affectionately known)

Lucy Hollingworth for WiM