On June 14 1913, 6,000 women dressed in white marched to Bloomsbury’s St George’s Church to pay their respects to suffragette Emily Davison, who died when she stepped in front of the King’s horse at the Derby to highlight her cause.
A hundred years later, St George’s honours the anniversary with a four-day festival spanning new music, theatre, dance, discussion and visual art. Performing and exhibiting artists include Soundcastle, Consortium5, Troupe, the London Gay Men’s Chorus, Folie a Deux Femme and more. Visit the website for a full list of events, which range in price from free to £10.
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The festival line-up looks so awesome, I am DEFINITELY going to Open Arts Cafe, joining the procession dressed in white, purple and green on Saturday (free!), paying £4 for storytelling and getting a little squiffy at the Suffragette Summer Party later on. At which Joy to Filth Ratio are playing, and I've been to a JTFR gig before and their music will blow your mind... original, trippy, dancy and hypnotically seductive! On Sunday I can't choose between the hat making workshop or listening to the Gay Men's Chorus... aha, but I don't have to, I'll get tickets to both! Can't wait!!! xxx
Also see Sage Dance Company in an intergenerational piece based on issues surrounding Emily. 3.45 on Fri 14th. On the same bill the Museum of London's 'Continuing Creating' choir.
There are also FREE pre-festival talks on the 7th, 8th and 11th June featuring Marina Warner, MP Stella Creasy, Ceri Goddard of The Fawcett Society, Diane Atkinson and many more! Check out the website for more details...