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Nashville International Women’s Day, March 8th at Oz Arts, brought tougher performing artists and activists to celebrate women and diversity in our city. Programming wove together performance, workshops and action-based panel discussion centered around the IWD 2017 campaign theme, “Be Bold For Change” and our own theme, "International Nashville”.

Nashville International Women’s Day 2017 Schedule:

6 PM Welcome & mission

6:10 PM Muslim Women’s Council introduces self-defense demo by ASSERT
Designed to help participants find and successfully express their individual inner strength, the ASSERT Program focuses on prevention, de-escalation, effective physical defense tactics, and, most importantly, self-empowerment, encouraging students to make decisions and take action from a place of strength, self-assuredness, and self-worth.

6: 30 PM Act Like A GRRRL Choreo-poem
Act Like a GRRRL is a movement to counter a culture that feeds teenage girls ideas that undermine who and what they think they can be. This choreo-poem contains the words of every GRRRL who has been through Act Like a GRRRL in the last 13 years defining what those “extra Rs” mean for her. It is the manifesto of our #RRRevolution.

6:40 PM Dudette
Dudette is a three-piece all-girl, queer-friendly band of youth ages 12-17 years old that play original rock 'n roll music. They formed at the Southern Girls Rock 'n Roll Camp in 2015 and have been booking their own shows and rallying youth in the community to express themselves ever since.

7:10 PM Words I: Readings curated by The Porch Writers’ Collective & Southern Word

7:40 PM Panel Discussion Moderated by Melody-Folwer Green (Metro Human Relations Commission). Panelists: Wu Fei (immigrant artist / Chinese zither master), Aisha Lbhalla (Muslim Women’s Council), Lorraine Segovia-Paz (Hispanic Paper), Kimmberley Ensley (TN Transgender Political Coalition), Fallon Wilson (Ray of Hope Community Church),

8:35 PM chatterbird
chatterbird is a Nashville-based alternative classical ensemble, dedicated to exploring uniquely orchestrated chamber music. Their IWD performance will include repertoire featuring the poetry of Lydia Davis, as well as a piece by genre-bending composer Eve Beglarian. 

9 PM Words 2: Poetry Curated by Ciona Rouse & Third Man Books

9:30 PM Wu Fei
Born & raised in Beijing, Wu Fei is a master of the ancient 21-string Chinese zither. In addition to performing traditional Chinese tunes and her own compositions, she will improvise a new piece in honor of International Women’s Day.

Metro Human Relations Commission | Muslim Women’s Council | Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition | Legacy Mission Village (refugee resettlement agency) | Conexión Américas | Third Man Books | The Porch Writers’ Collective | ASSERT Empowerment & Self Defense | Act Like A GRRRL | YEAH! (Youth Empowerment thru Arts & Humanities) | Left Bank Artists | chatterbird | Oz Arts Nashville |

OUR SPONSORS: OZ Arts (venue sponsor), Jackalope Brewing (beer sponsor), City Winery (wine sponsor)