P.M.T (Powering the Matriarchy Together) is a day-long festival which will cover themes of love, art, body and work. This is the first of its kind for Birmingham, and will be an opportunity to celebrate the rich mix of some of the many womxn* and non-binary people who make up this city.
The day will feature workshops, live demonstrations, micro lectures and a marketplace of P.M.T makers. Full programme available below:
*Womxn is a spelling of “women” that is more inclusive, progressive term that is used not only to shed light on the prejudice, discrimination and institutional barriers womxn have faced, but to also show that womxn are not the extension of men, but their own free and separate entities. It is more intersectional than womyn because it includes trans-women and women of colour.
There is no fixed price for this event, but we invite you to pay as you feel to support the work of future P.M.T events.
P.M.T will kick off with a speed mentoring session with some of the UK’s brightest women. You will have at least one 15 minute session to ask a maximum of two questions from each mentor, and there may also be an opportunity to speak to up to four mentors during this lively one hour session.
Once you have booked your P.M.T day ticket, you will be sent a link to sign up for the speed mentoring sessions (please note, this session is only available for ticket holders). Book soon as places for the mentors session are free, but will be limited.
Following the mentoring session, there will also be sessions including:
Bling Your Bike: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to cycle through the streets of Digbeth in your very own gal gang? Well now you have the chance with super cycle safety woman Louise Aspinall. Before you set of on your cycling adventure there will be some props on hand to bling up your bike. Special prize for the most blinged bike. Louise will give you all the tips on how to stay safe on the city roads. You can bring your own bike and there will be a few available for those who want to try out cycling. (limited spaces)
Roller Derby Demo: Ever wanted to know what a blocker and a jammer are? Enter the world of the all action team sport of roller derby. Four wheels and plenty of fun the Birmingham Blitz Dames will be on hand to show you the basics of roller derby.
Own It! Campaign: Come along to discuss issues surrounding body confidence and self-esteem in a friendly and relaxed environment. Using creative activities, we explore the pressures we may face in day-to-day life. We look at ways to challenge them, and create techniques to help each other improve and nurture our self-esteem.
Lovely Lifter: Do you know you don’t need to be big to be strong? Our lovely lifter is going to guide you through the benefits of lifting weights and keeping strong. There will be a chance for you to try stuff out so bring loose comfortable clothing. Sophie from BFAST fitness will be on hand to show you how to get started on your own journey towards being stronger both physically and mentally.
Love Your Selfie and Body Adornment with the Sad Girls Club: The Sad Girls Club body-painting workshop is part of a series of workshops called “Love your Selfie” that are being piloted by the Sad Girls Club across the city. The workshop is routed in the idea that traditional and iconic forms of art need to be reshaped and altered. A lot of the art and photography that we view as iconic is by straight white males. The adornment workshop is about allowing women, to create images of the wild woman that they envision themselves as. We are going to be manifesting from the outside in. Get stuck in paint glitter, feathers or whatever else makes you feel magical. It is all about creating and exploring our bodies in the way that we feel most comfortable. Grab a t- shirt, vest top or show us some skin. (limited spaces)
Meditation, Self Love and the Wild Woman: The session is called Meditation, Self Love and the Wild Woman. Preya Chauhan will be sharing self care techniques through meditation, mindfulness and massage.
Mama Runs This: This session by Au Contraire, Ma Mere is all about mama’s who run their own creative business or would like to take the leap and enter self-employment within a creative industry. We will be looking at how to do it, support networks and generally chatting about being a business running mama. If you want to let off some steam, network and talk about your business and experiences this is for you.
UNMUTED: “All [cis] women should be feminine. All [cis] men should be masculine.” What are the implications of an either/or approach to gender? What would a world look like where we attempt to think beyond the gender binary? How can we reframe our approach to feminism to include trans and non-binary people’s voices? Join UNMUTED to explore a world ‘beyond the binary’, throwing out stereotypes and judgement in a creative workshops/discussions. (All the UNMUTED sessions will have limited spaces).
UNMUTED Beyond the Binary: Femininity ‘Girly Girl’, ‘Femme’, ‘camp’, ‘metrosexual’… we explore the connotations behind feminine schools of thought, who does it include/exclude, how can we change this?
UNMUTED Style Session Want to try out a new style but don’t know where to begin? Feel the pressure of gender based fashion, wish you could try something new? Join Chanel from El Monet as we ‘queer’ the approach to styling through discussion and one to one consultations.
UNMUTED Beyond the Binary: Masculinity: ‘Tomboy’, ‘masculine of centre’, lad, ‘man’s man’, ‘butch’…we explore the connotations behind masculine schools of thought, who does it include/exclude, how can we change this?
UNMUTED Film screening : B.D Women (1994) An erotic, stylised documentary celebrating the history and culture of black lesbians. Contemporary interviews are interwoven with a sultry narrative set in 1920s Paris, showing the relationship between a femme jazz singer and her butch daddy lover.
This is a sassy reclamation of the vanished history of black lesbian lives by filmmaker Campbell X and a companion piece to Isaac Julien’s Looking for Langston. (Limited spaces).
Flat Tyre: Ever had a flat tyre? Would you like to know how to change your tyre? Simple but useful session with mOmheads Amna who’ll show you how to get that tyre changed.
String Your Guitar: So you’re playing that guitar hard (or soft) and rocking out to your favourite song and all of a sudden the string snaps! Have no fear musician and performance artist Zeddie will be here to show you how to restring your guitar.
Bang Your Drum: Ever wanted to play the dhol? Navi Kaur Tatter will be showing us how to play and whipping up some energy with her dhol. She’ll also teach you how to play so come along if you fancy a try.
Brown Girls Mean Business: Join mOmhead for an insight into the world of business start-ups. The journey can be a scary one, especially for young women. Even more so for young women who are brown. Firstly, there’s the basics. What forms do you need? How do you register? How do you copyright and trademark? What’s SEO? Where do you find manufacturers? How do you build a website? What marketing strategy? Accounts, profit margins, social media? Then there’s what happens when you’re laughed at for being a woman in business. When businessmen ask you your thoughts on ISIS because you’re brown. When guys won’t buy from you because you’re a female-centred brand. Or even when your own family and community have nothing but negative things to say because business is no place for a brown girl. Well, we’ve been there, done that and made, modelled and sold the t-shirt! Three years of ups, downs and more than our ages worth of experience, we want to share all that we’ve learnt and acquired to help you through the process of venturing into the world of business. We’ll offer useful tips, tools and tricks that will provide you with an insight, support and knowledge to get the most out of your decision to start a business.
Alfa Awad – Azfa is an award winning poet who will share a three poems on the theme of women during the PMT open mic slot.
Sacha SG – Musician – 22 year old Arwen will be performing 3 songs from her forthcoming EP.
Lexia Tomlinson – Lexia Tomlinson is a poet and actress who has been a part of the Birmingham Spoken Word scene for the last 4 years.
Jasmine Gardosi – Jasmine Gardosi is the current Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam Champion, last year’s Mix It Up Midlands Slam Champion and one of the winners of the International Pangaea Poetry Slam 2015.
Microlecture by Demi Nandhra
PMT Makers Area featuring:
Wind And Rain