In celebration of International Women’s Day, bluedot has announced The Pankhurst Sessions: a cross-disciplinary programme of feminist reflections across literature, science and film, curated by Helen Pankhurst at this year’s festival.

The programme features Labour MP and author of ‘Everywoman’ Jess Phillips, Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, panels on the role of women in the arts and climate crisis, and a special screening of Hidden Figures introduced by special guests.

Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement. She is also a leading women’s rights activist, author, senior advisor to CARE International, professor at Manchester University and Chancellor of the University of Suffolk.

Elsewhere on the line-up is Where are the women? featuring Maxie Gedge (Keychange/PRS Foundation), Lucy Scott(Brighter Sound), Shell Zenner (BBC Introducing) and bluedot’s very own, Emma Zillmann. My Feminist Boner Cabaret Show, Climate Heroines: Women on the Frontlines of the Climate Crisis and Hidden Figures film screening.

Today’s additions add to an already impressive line-up that includes headliners Björk, Metronomy, Groove Armada and Tim Peake. Further science-focused activities and talks, plus a full family-friendly programme of hands-on science experiments and interactive shows are still to be announced.

With release 1 and 2 already sold out. Release 3 weekend camping tickets are now on sale starting from £174.75. For further information on The Pankhurst Sessions and to see the full science, arts and culture, and music programme visit:



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