After running a series of low-key Aberration Adre (Aberration at Home) events, we are delighted to announce the first-ever Aberration Pride! Mae’n cyffrous!
Amazing acts include contemporary drag from Rhys’s Pieces, queer comedy from Shelf, spoken word from Dean Atta, music from Zoey Allen, surprises from Justine Bock, and the return of the cult quiz ‘Who Wants to Win Three Quid When This Is All Over?’ with Ruth Fowler.
There will be short speeches about Pride and LGBT+ rights from inspiring activists including Laolu Alatise, Aled Gustafson and Kate Rose; a Virtual Pride March, and lots of chances for you to have a bop.
One advantage of being online is that artists and speakers from far away can bring their magic to us, but we’ll also have local voices.
Celebrate International Women’s Day (a day early) on Saturday 7 March with a sparky and inspiring evening of talks, discussion and live music! At Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Organised in partnership by Aberration / SpringOut, Aberystwyth University and WEN Wales.
Talks and live performance to challenge, dazzle and inspire. Hosted by Helen Sandler. £7 / £5 (concessions)– your ticket is for the whole evening. TICKETS>>
6pm Panel discussion on the theme ‘Speak Up’: amplifying crucial issues affecting women’s lives in Wales and beyond. How can campaigners be heard and be effective? With activists Maria Mesa, Leena Sarah Farhat and Shrouk El-Attar. Read more about speakers >>
8pm Live performance
Shrouk El-Attar’s gyrating and gender-bending Dancing Queer (pictured, top) brings us magic tricks and Egyptian belly-dancing. Plus beautiful live music from Louise and the Feathers, whose second EP is now in progress; and truth-telling poetry from Kittie Belltree whose new collection Sliced Tongue and Pearl Cufflinks came out recently from Parthian. Read more about performers >>
Evening open to everyone interested in women’s equality, whatever your gender (women, men, non-binary – all welcome). Events mainly in English. Age guidance 14+. Programme has changed slightly since we printed our leaflets due to unforeseen circumstances.
WORKSHOPS: Earlier the same day we are running an afternoon of creative workshops for women. Release your inner rock star with our ‘Encore’ music session run by The Rock Project, or make your own zine with artist Nicky Arscott. More about workshops here>>
An afternoon of workshops for women at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
There are three inspiring creative workshops to choose from, listed below with ticket links. Book now – and be sure to buy tickets for the evening event, ‘Our Voices, Our Lives’, too.
12 women per workshop (age 16+, trans women and non-binary people welcome at all sessions).
1. Our Selfies, Ourselves – Zine-making workshop for women
12.30 to 2.30pm in the Digilab, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, £5/£3 TICKETS>>
Fed up with the portrayal of women in the media? We’ll
take matters into our own hands as we draw, cut, stick, stamp and collage our
very own ‘zines’ with artist Nicky Arscott.
Zines (short for ‘magazines’) are hand-made or low-tech
booklets and magazines with a creative, DIY feel. No experience or special
talent is needed to make them!
Nicky Arscott lives in Llanbrynmair and specialises in making poetry comics. She has exhibited at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, MOMA Machynlleth and Oriel Davies Newtown. She has an MA in Creative Writing and is one of the directors of Ennyn CIC, which promotes art and creativity in schools and communities. Nicky is a friendly and encouraging workshop leader. TICKETS>>
2. Sounding Off! – Theatre workshop for women CANCELLED
Unfortunately this workshop has been cancelled due to low numbers.
Apologies for any disappointment. The box office have written to everyone who booked to offer them either another workshop or a refund.
3. Encore! – music workshop for women with The Rock Project
3-5pm in the Students Union, adjacent to Aberystwyth Arts Centre, £5/£3
As of Friday 6 March, a small number of places remain – vocals or guitar only – please phone the box office on 01970 623232 to book your place!
Release your inner rock star! This one-off taster
workshop starts with a lesson on specific instruments or vocals in small
groups. This is followed by a ‘plug
and play’ session where you will all be able to put into
practice what you have learnt by playing together as a band. Mentored by the
You do not need any experience – beginners are welcome. On
the other hand, if you have been a bedroom player all your life and want to
play with other musicians, then this is your chance. So whether you are 20, 30,
40 or 70-something, if you have always dreamt of being in a rock band, Encore
is just what you’ve been waiting for.
All instruments provided. Capacity: three drums, three guitar, two bass and four vocals. Express your preference when booking. Led by Lisa and Liesa: friendly and knowledgeable tutors who also offer longer courses for adults and children with The Rock Project Aberystwyth.