International Women’s Day celebration (Mar 8)

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wadjda_croppedSaturday March 8 is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we’ll be showing the wonderful Wadjda, plus Jo Hellier will introduce a screening of her Women, Bikes, The FutureWoman, man, girl, boy, dog, cat, whatever, you’re very welcome to come along from 7pm. Here’s what Rotten Tomatoes has to say about Wadjda.

“Wadjda is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. Even more impressive, Wadjda is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker.”

Basically, you should see it. No messin’. It’ll show you very clearly what ‘Roll for the Soul’ means.

And before that Jo Hellier will introduce her Women, Bikes, The Future, commissioned for the Parlour Showrooms In The City series in 2013. This is close to our hearts for several reasons.

1) Women. Bikes. The Future. You just can’t argue with that.

2) The cycling element of In The City was made in collaboration with our very good friends at The Bristol Bike Project 

3) Roll for the Soul was born of the Parlour Showrooms, where we ran a little popup bike cafe as part of Bristol Cycle Festival 2012. Happy days!

So all in all, it’ll be the bomb. Tickets are £4/£5 and you can buy them from the cafe in advance or on the night if you want to take your chances (max. capacity is 40). Sorry, yes, we did say it’d be by donation originally, but we’ve decided to raise some money for Womankind Worldwide and Womankind Bristol. Which we hope you’ll think is fair enough.

And if you’re feeling active earlier in the day, our friend Alex (who’s also sorted out the film screenings for us. Thanks Alex!) is organising a women’s history walk, setting off outside RftS at 4.00pm and returning at around 5.15pm.

The walk will chart women’s history in Bristol from 1840-1920. It’ll will visit locations around the city centre and cover themes ranging from stoning to suffrage.

If you’d like to brush up on the mottos, motivations and stories of individuals and co-operatives of pioneering ‘ladies’, please come along! Donations welcome, again in aid of Womankind Bristol.