Votes & Voices
Celebrating the Year of the Woman and the centenary of the suffragette movement.
Coming together to recognise one hundred years since women gained the right to vote, we have a collective show illustrating the history behind it and current struggles still faced today.
4th – 28th July
Throughout the month the Votes & Voices team have organised several events at the arts centre and in Corby. See below for all the details and links to book your place.
Friday July 6th 7 pm.
£12 (+ admin fee)
An Evening Hosted by Beth Miller with guest speaker
This is the launch of a new Corby & East Northants Labour Party Supper Club.
This evening hosted by Beth, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, will provide an opportunity for discussion with her and her campaign team. The dinner will be a hot fork buffet, included in the price, after which there will be a guest speaker.
Saturday July 7th 4 pm
£10 (+ admin)
Boost your Body Confidence with Luli Blue
Join a two-hour burlesque workshop run by Equity registered burlesque artist Luli Blue. Luli feels passionate about the extraordinary art of burlesque and its power to boost self-esteem. In this relaxed workshop participants will be shown the foundations of burlesque movement, build a simple dance routine and discover a sense of self-empowerment.
The workshop is for over-18s only, men and women.
Sunday July 8th 3pm – 5pm. Free
Feminist Songs, Fireside Chants, Songs of Peace and Protest with Paula Boulton
A fun, high energy, informal workshop where Paula will speed teach songs about Women from the collection she has made through her time as an activist. Several will be sung in the evening event.
Sunday July 8th 7pm – 9pm
“Carry Greenham Home” – A look back at the Women’s Peace movement with Paula Boulton
The march to Greenham Common was meant to raise awareness of the plan to site American Nuclear Missiles on British Soil. When the marchers arrived, they took inspiration from the Suffragettes and chained themselves to the railings until someone agreed to discuss it.
The Votes & Voices choir will join Paula to tell the story. Participants will be invited to share ways they have been active in fighting for women and girls.
Corby Women’s Centre
Thursday July 12th 7pm – 9pm
“Are we there yet Mum?” – The Story so Far with Paula Boulton and Sami Scott
Paula founded Corby Women’s Centre in 1986. The evening will bring together women who worked at or used the Centre or its successor She Matters to reflect on what was achieved and what there is left to do There will be a display from the Women Centre’s ‘Herstory’ project and songs from the Votes & Voices Choir.
Saturday July 14th Old Village, Corby
Votes & Voices will be within the parade and have a stall at the Corby Carnival!
Anyone wishing to dress as suffragettes or suffragists, hold banners and sing protest songs would be most welcome to join the group.
The stall will provide voter registration information and postal vote application forms. There will be leaflets and information regarding women’s rights and the services on offer in Corby.
July 16th 7 pm – 8 pm
Presentation from Matthew Raey detailing research undertaken by him on the involvement of local females with the suffragette movement.
July 20th 7 pm – 10 pm
Poets Lucy Aphramor, Donna Scott and Zara Bailey
An evening of performances from three Female poets, radical thinkers and activist will perform during the evening. First performance will be at 7:30pm.
Whilst some events are free but tickets are needed for all, these are available via the links provided.
All events at the Rooftop Arts Centre unless otherwise stated.
Some details are subject to change, for more information, join the Votes & Voices Facebook Group here
Donations will be collected at most events; the profits will go towards the Votes & Voices choir and other specified charities as well as the running of the celebration. Throughout the month there will be a collection for the Red Box Project a campaign that seeks to provide free sanitary items to young women in schools.