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Brecon Women’s Festival 2019

27 February to 17 March

Brecon Women’s Festival 27th February - 17th March Wednesday 27th February 7pm ‘Brecon Women's Festival' Launch The Hours Cafe, Bookshop & Deli, Ship Street, Brecon LD3 9AD 01874 622800 / This year's Brecon Women's Festival Exhibition explores the theme 'Self-Portrait' and features over 25 Women Artists who call Brecon their home. The exhibition opening marks the official launch of this year's festival, and we are thrilled that this year the honours will be undertaken by Kathryn Roberts, internationally renowned glassmaker and owner of Brecon’s Gate Gallery. The Festival Exhibition runs until the end of March, daily 9.30 - 4.30pm

Thursday 28th February 6pm – 8pm 'Celebrating the Ordinary and the Extraordinary' Andrew Lamont Gallery, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon LD3 7EW The opening of an exhibition of art and photography celebrating Welsh women taking part in ordinary and extraordinary activities in the outdoors. Contact TB 01874 611622 This exhibition runs until Sun 17th Mar, daily 10am - 4pm

Saturday 2nd March 10am – 4pm Artisan Craft Market Brecon Market Hall, Brecon LD3 9DA A special Brecon Women's Festival Artisan market celebrating the wealth of creative talent in and around the Brecon Beacons. An array of stalls selling art, handmade crafts & goods, recipes, plants and much more. As always a charity stand will be present - this year, in memory of Lorraine Powers and on behalf of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Saturday 2nd March cont’d “Celebration of Women Artists” Ardent Gallery, 46 High St, Brecon LD3 7AP A whole floor at Ardent Gallery will be dedicated to the work of women artists for the duration of the festival. T: 01874 623333 for times. 11am – 12pm Brecon Library Lego Club Brecon Library, Ship Street, Brecon LD3 9AE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects and careers still have a dearth of women and girls; Brecon Library is encouraging budding engineers with their twice monthly Lego Club. All ages are welcome, create something based on the month’s theme or let your imagination run wild. Gate Gallery & Glassworks 11 Watergate, Brecon LD3 9AL Gate Gallery will be celebrating the work of women artists during the festival. T: 01874 622444 for opening times. 11am – 12pm Introduction to Shiatsu Massage for Women The Subud Hall, Canal Bank, Brecon LD3 7PF Shiatsu seeks to rebalance the body by easing tension. Participate in a therapeutic 2 hour session that will promote well being. Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a blanket. £10. Places limited. To book contact Mo Hands: 01874 620636 or E:

Sunday 3rd March 11.45-3pm - Botanical Gin Workshop The Kitchen Garden, Ty Mawr Llangasty LD3 7PJ Join Forager and Author Adele Nozedar foraging for wild flowers and leaves for wild gin. Discover everything you need to know about gin, enjoy a cocktail, and learn how to make your own unique botanical gin blend. Includes a 300ml jar of your own gin to take home. £40 per person. Booking Essential. E:

Sunday 3rd March cont’d 2pm – 4pm Relax, Restore, Revive The Muse, Glamorgan Street, Brecon LD3 7DW How many of us can say we truly take care of ourselves? Heather Murray of (Wellbeing Workshops Wales) will show you how through the gentle art of relaxation with lots of ideas to take home and live by. £5 / £3.50 concessions.

Monday 4th March 10 am ‘Journey Inside Outside’ Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon LD3 7EW A day of workshops and reflection with Fi Latus and Sarah Hyde exploring writing, drawing and movement designed to awaken the senses. Free but please book with TB 01874 611622 7pm Brecon Coliseum Cinema 'I Am Not A Witch' Wheat St, Brecon LD3 7DG Brecon Film Society celebrate Brecon Women's Festival with a feature debut from writer/director Rungano Nyoni, who was born in Zambia and raised in Cardiff. A nine year old girl is accused of being a witch in a Zambian village and is exiled to a witch camp in the middle of a desert. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start. £6 for non members. 7-9pm Collagraph Print Workshop The Muse, Glamorgan Street, Brecon LD3 7DW Experiment and design your own prints to take home. No experience required, materials and refreshments provided. Limited places booking essential. T: 07375 627635 or E:

Wednesday 6th March 3pm Calan DVS 'The Voice of the Child' Exhibition The Hours Cafe, Bookshop & Deli, Ship Street, Brecon LD3 9AD Calan DVS is an innovative organisation working with women, men and children, to end Domestic Abuse in Powys and other areas of South Wales. Cheryl Clarke of Calan DVS said: 'This exhibition is the work of many local children who recently attended a two day workshop during which we helped children who have experienced domestic abuse build emotional resilience through a mixture of play and talking. We hope you will enjoy the exhibition as much as we and they did putting it together'. 7pm Aberhonddu Angels Bishop Bevan Hall, Lion St, Brecon LD3 7HY Join the wonderful Aberhonddu Angels WI for a special open meeting in celebration of International Women's Day. Features an inspirational talk from Ceri Williams of Victim Support and stalls from local charities, organisations and producers. All welcome.

Thursday 7th March 10am Women's Canal Canoeing Canal Basin at Theatr Brycheiniog Explore the peace and tranquility of Brecon's beautiful canal, learn new skills and meet new people in a free canoeing session led by qualified coaches. Free but booking required. Contact TB on 01874 611622 11am – 12pm Knit & Natter (every Thursday) Brecon Library, Ship Street, Brecon LD3 9AE Crafters of all varieties are welcome at this weekly get-together. Research by charity ‘Knit for Peace’ has found the activity releases calming serotonin which can help reduce depression and anxiety, slow the onset of dementia, and distract from chronic pain. For a warm and welcoming craft group just follow the laughter up the library stairs…

Thursday 7th March cont’d 6.30pm – 8.30pm 'Paint your own Tulip Canvas' Workshop The Hours Cafe, Bookshop & Deli, Ship Street, LD3 9AD An informal painting workshop with artist Karin Mear inspired by that most elegant and evocative of Spring flowers - the tulip. . Workshop participants will benefit from Karin's empathetic tuition to complete a painting on canvas to take home. Suitable for any level including beginners. Cost £5 to cover materials. Delicious Welsh Tapas and spectacular wine (or gin!) will be available from the Deli. T: 01874 622800 or E: to book. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY Friday 8th March 11am Dinky Donkey Walk Theatr Brycheiniog March 8th is IWD and it's also International Donkey Day! Join Good Day Out for a gentle canal-side stroll to raise much needed funds for Brecon Food Bank. Suggested donation of £2 on the day. Contact TB on 01874 611622 to book your place. 11am – 12pm Brecon Library Poetry Group Brecon Library, Ship Street, Brecon LD3 9AE Join Brecon Library’s informal Poetry Group – a friendly group comprised of Poets and Poetry lovers. 3pm 'In Praise of Women' Poetry Reading The Hours Cafe, Bookshop & Deli, Ship Street, Brecon LD3 9AD A celebration of Women in words from the mouths of some of Wales' most talented poets. Join us at the wonky green shop for wine and words and wondrous bonhomie as we celebrate International Women's Day. 6pm International Women’s Day Prayers Brecon Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Brecon LD3 9DP A service with prayers to commemorate International Women’s Day.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY cont’d Friday 8th March 8pm ‘Extraordinary Women Talking’ Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon LD3 7EW An evening of talks and images from some of Wales' most inspiring and adventurous women. Juliet Parker-Smith hosts Sian Sykes and Ruth Pickvance for an evening of discussion and images about their extraordinary accomplishments in the outdoors. £10. Contact TB on 01874 611622

Saturday 9th March 9.15am Welsh Women Walking Canal Basin, Theatr Brycheiniog Join WWW as they lead a 5 mile walk to Brecon's historic Pen Y Crug trig point to admire the views over Brecon town and the surrounding countryside. Free but please book. Contact TB on 01874 611622 11am – 12pm Code Club (Every second Saturday of the month) Brecon Library, Ship Street, Brecon LD3 9AE Celebrate women in computing – from Ada Lovelace to Marissa Mayer – by joining the monthly Code Club. Learn more about building your own computer code and using programming languages like Scratch. Code Club is aimed at primary school aged children. To book your place, please contact Brecon Library on 01874 623346 1pm Genevieve at The Waterfront Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon LD3 7EW The wonderful Genevieve brings live music to the Waterfront Cafe 7pm Lady Nade at The Muse Lady Nade is a Bristol based Singer-songstress fusing modern soul, rootsy - jazz, blues and folk pop. Tickets £10 includes food by Cat Soup Kitchen. Full Bar + Cocktails. Tickets available at or on the door. Contact Ruth: 07791 654799

Sunday 10th March 1.30 – 4pm 'Being Woman' Yoga with Olivia Crooks The Subud Hall, Canal Bank, Brecon LD3 7PF Through yoga posture practice and tantra yoga, venture into uncovering the subtle pleasures within the body, whilst discovering its connections to health and creativity.Go to for more information on the workshop and Olivia. Contact E: or T: 07891 267227 to book.

Tuesday 12th March 6.30pm 'Re-Framing Fear' with Ruth Pickvance Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon LD3 7EW During this workshop Ruth will discuss how understanding inhibiting fear more fully can often help us to be less fearful and encourage us to be more adventurous, as well as creating resilience and confidence. Free but please book. Contact TB on 01874 611622

Saturday 16th March 8pm – Charlie's Comedy Party at The Cafe 35-39 High St, Brecon LD3 7AP Join Charlie and her all-female line-up to celebrate International Women's Day (better late than never...). Show starts 8pm. Food & drink from 7pm. £20 with a meal £15 without. Tickets available at The Cafe or WeGotTickets Sunday 17th March 12pm Festival Tree Planting at The Promenade Join the Women's Festival Team and The Woodland Trust who along with the help of other community groups will continue the annual tradition of planting trees to celebrate IWD and BWF.

Profile for Karin Mear

Brecon Women's Festival 2019  

Programme of events

Brecon Women's Festival 2019  

Programme of events

Profile for karinmear