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NZ Women First In The World - An Evening Of Music, Art And Poetry

Sun Sep 25th, 2016

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The Christchurch Folk Music Club will host 'New Zealand Women: First in the World – an evening of music, art and poetry celebrating the achievements of our suffragists in 1893' on Sunday 25th September, 2016, 7:00-9:30pm.

New Zealand women became the first in the world to gain the right to vote. In recognition of this momentous achievement, the Club is hosting a night to celebrate women’s empowerment through music, art and poetry. The main focus of the evening will be the uplifting roles of women and the impact women make in the new democracy founded by the suffragists in 1893.

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Christchurch Women’s Centre who work with and for the well-being of all women by assisting, supporting and encouraging them to make informed choices in their lives.

Organised by the Folk Club secretary Judi Smitheram, the night will include an exhibition of three local women artists: Jude Rogers, Blanche Fryer and Anne Dillon. The artists will be available to talk about their work from 7:00-7:30pm, then during the concert intermission.

Music lovers can look forward to a memorable concert featuring some of Christchurch’s finest local talent. The night will open with Ngai Tahu Hikatea Bull, supported by Women in Harmony acknowledging the Kuia and Whaea of the Tangata Whenua whose qualities of strength and independence are pivotal to Maori culture.

A feast of entertainment will follow, with Mary Ruston, Judi Smitheram and Melanie Oliver strutting their stuff with style and flair; the vivacious Mary Dunne captivating us as always, and the newly formed All Girl Big Band, whose inaugural concert packed and brought a standing ovation at the ARA theatre. Trish Waters creatively meets the challenge, capturing in story and verse the essence of our country’s great women and their achievements. Sue Galvin and Jane Edmed, bring their quirky humour to a blend of the traditional and contemporary.

For further details about Kate Sheppard and other suffragettes visit:

$10 Members $15 Non-members $5 Students with ID

Doors open 7.00pm Performance starts at 7.30pm, you will get a seat if you arrive close to 7pm.
VENUE: Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon
The hall is situated up the long driveway, directly next to Domain Park, and there is plenty of well-lit off street parking.

DOOR SALES CASH ONLY: Please note: there is no Eftpos available on site.
Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake available during the break, also cash bar facilities for cold refreshments throughout the night

acoustic/solo, country/folk, pop, world

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