This year we celebrated International Women's Day by being part of Wonder Women Festival 2017 in the shape of Girl Gang Manchester's second immersive film screening, this time of the movie 'Bridesmaids' (last time it was the fabulous 'Mean Girls'). The event itself, at 53Two, was awe-inspiring, with a giant Eiffel Tower created by Jeni Holt-Wright, wedding cake tasting, and fantastic flowery decorations galore.
But, like all of Girl Gang Manchester's events, there was a more serious side to 'the wedding of the year'. Women were invited to engage in feminism through a series of workshops on offer, including one entitled 'You're your problem but you're also your solution', led by Martha Chastney-Smith (who we worked with for the Mean Girls screening) which looked into healthy and unhealthy relationships, and what it means to have true self-worth.
Workshops for Women contributed with our workshop entitled 'Seeing you look ugly kinda makes me happy', a shortening of a quote from the film where Annie sees Helen cry and, much to her delight, "look ugly". The workshop was all about how to kick that competitive streak so common in women thanks to the media and society setting us against each other and how to instead see other women as allies who we can learn from, and, as one participant put it, "Just be like, you're f**cking great, and I'm f**cking great too, let's do cool stuff together."
The whole night was a success, with the workshops being followed by a pop-up performance by Pull Your Finger Out Productions and an academic introduction to the film by Dr Kirsty Fairclough before everyone settled down to enjoy popcorn, macarons, and the all-female comedy that is 'Bridesmaids'.
We so enjoyed being a part of this night, and look forward to many more collaborations with Girl Gang Manchester in the future!
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