A half-day of talks and performances
Curated by Irenosen Okojie
Saturday 20th July 2019 | 6.30pm-9.45pm
Throughout history and all across the world, there have always been women who lived at the edge of society. And while they were at it, many have looked at the moon as a source of courage and inspiration. Tonight, you will meet many of them, spanning five continents. From 15th century European Moon Goddesses all the way to Chinese lunar environmentalists via Mauritian herbalism and NASA’s mathematicians, prepare to learn, laugh and marvel at the Moon in this multi disciplinary and multi sensory feminine lunar delight.
Curated by Irenosen Okojie and hosted by podcaster and columnist Alice Slater, Maverick Women who lived by The Moon celebrates the close relationship between the moon and the women who have left and will continue to leave their mark on culture.
Featuring talks by activist Angela Chan and filmmaker Polly Baumgarten and performances by comedian Helen Lederer and Jamaican-British soprano Nadine Benjamin, the day’s keynote will be presented by none other than literary legend Margaret Atwood, followed by a Q&A hosted by Okojie.
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About Moon Festival
“‘Wherever you go, at whatever point in time, people have always held the moon in high regard. It is a sign of our time that don’t and I’m not sure it’s a good sign.” Livia Filotico – Festival Director
Through talks, debates, parties, art exhibitions and experiences, Moon Festival wants to renew people’s love for the big bright rock in the sky.