These places and collectives are putting the Bae into Beyonce with creative platforms and spaces designed for women, by women.
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FBi Dance Class
FBi Dance Class is a program that mentors female DJs in dance music. With the support of V MoVement, FBi Dance Class discovers, trains and develops the skills of girls who are keen to get behind the decks. Each year, five budding stars are selected and assigned mentors who share the talent and wisdom they’ve gained from navigating the industry. They put on killer events, too.
Girls: Hip-Hop, Grime & R’n'B
In an industry where lineups are male-dominated and unwarranted feel-ups are commonplace on the dance floor, GIRLS night at Plan B Small Club is a breath of fresh air in a sea full of bros. Presented by Izmz Mag, the night is in full support of female DJs and encourages a space for women to dance exactly how they wanna. After the packed-out success of the first GIRLS night, the next event will take place over the ANZAC long weekend.
Amrita Hepi is the driving force behind Hollaback. And what a beautiful force it is. Along with a super fun workout Amrita also scatters her pearls of inspiration across the dance floor – encouraging you to know and understand your body a little better, and how to move in a space that makes you more appreciative of others. By the end it feels less dance class and more BBLU (Bad Bitches Link Up).
Iranian Women Visual Artists Collective
The Iranian Women Visual Artists Collective Australia (IWVAC-Australia) brings together Iranian visual artists and women living in Australia. Founder, curator and teacher Naz Marashian started the collective while trying to find a balance between motherhood and maintaining an artistic practice. Marashian notes that, "the idea of forming the collective was based on my desire to 'connect' to like minded women and in particular Iranian women, with whom I share common language and culture." IWVAC gives artists a platform to encourage one another though connection, collaboration and creation. This effective approach has attracted international artists and galleries to Marashian. The collective holds regular workshops and is currently working on their next exhibition Fragmented due in May this year.
The Ladies Network
McIver’s Ladies Baths are the last-remaining women’s only rock pool in Australia. But while you’re frolicking away it’s easy to forget about the ladies actually running the operation – the Randwick and Coogee Ladies Swimming Club. Built in the 19th century as a place for Indigenous women to bathe "out of sight" from the main beach, the Club has continued to upkeep the baths since 1922. Recognised for their importance to diverse groups, in 1995 the Ladies gained exemption from the Anti-Discrimination Act. As soon as you throw your 20c entry fee into the bucket and walk down the ramp, you can understand why they’re so important. Here, it's an oasis. And we have the Ladies Swimming Club to thank.
WiFT: Women in Film and Television
When it comes to film, it’s mainly dudes warming the director’s seats, boardroom chairs and taking up reel-time. About 85% of directors are men and one third of speaking characters are female (not to mention the ethnicity gaps). Since 1982 Women in Film and Television NSW have been committed to improving these stats. The aim of the group is to support women in the industry by raising issues and awareness, ensuring Equal Employment Opportunities and promoting achievements. Look out for events such as the WoW (World of Women’s Cinema) festival in Sydney coming up.