Women of Folk: Celebrating the Achievements of Suffrage 125, 23 September 2018

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Women have played an extraordinary part in history. Whether moving toward freedom from oppression, freedom in the workplace, or the freedom to make one’s own choices, women have positioned themselves as voices of empowerment and endurance.

Suffrage 125 celebrates 125 years since New Zealand women achieved voting parity. On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

Women have lent their incredibly important voices in the struggle for their own rights, civil rights, human rights, and the movement for peace. The women of folk music are no exception. This concert acknowledges the passionate women of folk who have made a difference through their musicianship.

This concert will feature: Mary Dunne paying tribute to Maire Brennan, the first Lady of Celtic music and her favourite singer Cara Dillon. Kristina Godfrey will be bringing us two doyennes, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, who have strummed their way through the golden age of the peaceniks, preaching love and tolerance. Cathy Sweet will honour the traditional and contemporary waiata of the wahine toa of New Zealand.

This will be a special concert to celebrate the important contribution that the women of folk have achieved. Music permeates our hearts carrying a strong message that has both challenged for change and acknowledged achievements to coincide with the Suffrage 125 commemorations.

23 September 2018 | Members $10; Non-members $15 and Students $5 with ID

Doors open 7.00pm Performance starts at 7.30pm, you will get a seat if you arrive close to 7.00 pm.
VENUE: Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon The hall is situated up the long driveway, directly next to Domain Park, and there is plenty of well-lit off-street parking.

DOOR SALES CASH ONLY: Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake available during the break, also bar facilities for cold refreshments throughout the night, Eftpos available for purchases only, no cash-out facility. Please remember to bring your current Folk Club membership card as this is required for new club licensing.