Activism, art and meals to celebrate women in Queanbeyan-Palerang | Canberra Daily

The Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has curated a lineup of events this March to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), women and the power feminism has played in shaping our society and region.

The free Women’s Festival is funded through the NSW Government’s Reconnecting Regional Communities Grant Program.

As part of the festival, Queanbeyan’s Rusten House Art Centre hosts two new exhibitions. There are battles yet to win: Feminist Posters 1979 to Now features screen-printed posters from the collection of artist Alison Alder and tells of the struggles Australian women have faced over the last 50 years.

A Feminist at My Table features screen-printed tablecloths with works by Claire Young alongside feminist chairs produced by local female artists. It aims to spark discussion of the women featured, whether they are heroes, villains, or something in between, over a meal with friends and foes.

The free exhibitions launch on Saturday 4 March with feminist speakers, entertainment, music, and lunch.

Free International Women’s Day luncheons celebrate with entertainment, refreshments, and a digital exhibition, HERstory – Women of Queanbeyan-Palerang to tell the stories of women of the region. Braidwood National Theatre hosts the lunch on IWD, Wednesday 8 March at 12-3pm, while Bungendore celebrates at The Carrington Inn on Saturday 11 March 12-3pm.

All members of the community are all encouraged to attend the events and mark the achievements made by women throughout the years.

For a full program or to register, visit

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