So and So Arts Club present: Women at War

The So and So Arts Club is proud to present the Women and War Exodus festival  at the beautiful Streatham Hill Theatre, where we hope to one day find a more permanent home. The festival runs from JULY 3-30TH in two pop up venues, the ABOVE AND  BELOW where we will be screening films, exhibiting photos and pictures and producing theatre and music. We look forward to welcoming you there in our friendly and very reasonably priced bar.

Festival Director Sarah Berger said: “This year’s Women and War Festival, EXODUS, is a celebratory tribute to the resourcefulness and courage of women from across the world who have found themselves displaced because of war. 
“At a time when the rights of women are under attack as much - if not more - than ever, we will unite our voices with theirs. Any of those women could be your mother, your sister, your daughter, or you. It is not a story of them; it is a story of us. 

“This is a multi-disciplinary opportunity to laugh, cry, imagine, witness, and share the lives and cultures of women from across the world
Highlights from this year’s festival include Colombia day July 4th hosted by the truth memory and reconciliation committee of Colombia. In addition to a photography exhibition, Imagine Peace, the central piece of the day is a monologue Victoria presented by Alejandra Borrer,. Victoria is a tribute to the experiences of Ana Victoria Bastidas, a survivor of the Colombian conflict, who was kidnapped by armed traffickers after speaking out about the young girls who had gone missing in the remote community in which she was working. On leaving Colombia, Ana Victoria came to the UK, where she dedicated her life to the Anglican Church. She will be ordained – the first female Colombian Anglican priest – at St. Paul’s Cathedral on 1 July. 

We open with a gala performance of Hurried Steps by Dacia Maraini cast includes Souad Faress, a central Asian retelling of the story Medea, She- the Shakti an indian dance based story of the warrior goddess. We will have world music , in addition to our charity  festival single which can be downloaded at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/womenwarexodus

Singer songwriter Belle Scar presents her show Chased out, the internationally acclaimed Iranian artist Afsoon has created two specially designed prints of a series called War Carpets, and we have the photos of Ingrid Guyon, Alison Baskerville and Alison Terry Evans of one of the four partner charities The World Wide Tribe.

There will be circus, readings, plays and seminars across the festival with specific events dedicated to Afghanistan, the charities and individuals who work with refugees both in Streatham itself and across the world.
Full details can be found at www.womenandwar.co.uk

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