Shakti – Women’s Empowerment Festival Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of September at The Byron Theatre



Shakti Women’s Empowerment Festival
Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September 2018
The Byron Theatre 
at Byron Community  Centre
The Festival is an initiative of ARD(Australia)Inc, a local charity that has been supporting women in rural India since 2005 and is currently running a Reproductive and Child Health programme and has established eight Literacy Centres for adolescent girls who otherwise would receive no formal education.

The aim of the festival is to Explore, Celebrate and Promote women’s empowerment and to bring active awareness regarding the strengths of women in our society today, while at the same time supporting a local programme that is empowering women in rural India.

Friday 21st September
7:00 – 9:30pm – Women in Concert
Featuring Meninas da Lua, Sarah Temporal (Poet), Parissa Bouas, Sharny Russell, Clancy Menzies, Sophie Ozard, The Loveys and Abbie Cardwell, including a Presentation – Women’s Empowerment in Indian Villages (WEIV)
10pm Close

Saturday 22nd September
8:00 – 9:00am – Gentle Yoga Stretches by the sea, with Grace Benn
10:00 – 12 noon – The Art of Expression Forum
with Karena Wynn-Moylan, Donna Jacobs Sife, Laurel Cohn, Liat Sokal and Catherine Marciniak
12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch
1:00 – 2:30pm – Women for Environmental Justice Forum
with Sandra Heilpern, Sue Higginson, Annie Kia, Mary Gardner and Nan Nicholson, with Storyteller Jenni Cargill-Strong
4:00 – 5:30pm – Women for Social Justice Forum
with Melanie Lotfali, Delta Kay, Deborah Pearse, Wendy Royston, Ella Goninen and Tamara Smith, with Storyteller Donna Jacobs Sife
6:00 – 7:00pm – Dinner
7:00 – 7:30pm – Presentation – Women’s Empowerment in Indian Villages (WEIV)
7:30 – 9:30pm – Indian Classical Dance featuring Karma Dance from Melbourne
10pm Close

Catering by “With a Spoon”