Sugar and Spice
Sugar & Spice is The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's annual celebration of International Women's Day for lesbian and bisexual women. This FREE festival features workshops, discussions, socialising, wellness activities, crafts, food and lots of fun! Attended by over 180 women in 2014, Sugar & Spice is Manchester's biggest free event for lesbian and bisexual women.
Sugar & Spice 9 will take place on Sat 7th & Sun 8th March 2015. The theme for this year's Sugar & Spice is 'Born Kicking', and we'll be celebrating kick-ass lesbian and bisexual women like you!
As in previous years, we'll have an eclectic selection of workshops for you to get involved with, alongside free food, free refreshments and free massages and lots of opportunities for you to meet other lesbian and bisexual women.
Sugar & Spice takes place at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Number 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF. It's a free festival which you can drop into throughout the weekend, but we do have space limits so please reserve your ticket in advance by clicking here. A couple of sessions also require pre-booking - these are detailed below.
Schedule for Saturday 7th March
12pm onwards Sugar & Spice open. Drop into our cafe space throughout the afternoon for free food, free refreshments, crafts and to meet and chat with others. Free massages also available on a first come, first served basis. Choose to come for the whole afternoon or drop in for specific sessions...
1-3pm 'Hear Us Roar' Sound Engineering workshop with Dulcet Sounds
This workshop aims to be a stepping stone in event management suitable for participants who are looking to move into volunteering and then paid work as sound engineers or for those who are would like to run their own events/event managers who would like to increase their knowledge of sound engineering. We will cover basics of types of pa systems and how to set them up, look at live mixing desk and how to set up DJ equipment, microphones and instruments through a pa system. PLACES STRICTLY LIMITED, PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED! - RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW.
1-1.45pm 'Playing With Gender' Drag King workshop
Ever fancied being a drag king? Come along to our 'Playing With Gender' workshop with Lydia from Drag Kings of Manchester to learn all the tricks of the trade, from altering your appearance to getting the walk right. PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED ON THE DAY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
2-2.45pm 'Activism - A Woman's Survival Guide' workshop
Join local writer, curater and feminist activist Anne Louise Kershaw to learn how you can make your voice heard about issues that matter to you...and survive the experience! PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED ON THE DAY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
3-3.45pm 'Feel The Rhythm' African drumming workshop
Always a Sugar & Spice favourite, our African drumming workshop is returning by popular demand! Paul will teach you the basics of djembe drumming and you'll then feel the rhythm as you drum in a circle with other women. PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED ON THE DAY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
3-3.45pm 'Sing It Loud' singing workshop with Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus
Shell from Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus will be teaching us some songs, including the traditional protest song 'Bread & Roses' which featured in the 2014 hit film 'Pride'. No previous singing experience required! PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED ON THE DAY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
4-4.45pm 'Coming Out Fighting' taekwondo workshop with Kicksistah
Join LGBT Taekwondo club Kicksistah to learn the basics of this Korean martial art which is now an Olympic sport. Please wear clothing which you can move comfortably in for this workshop. PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED ON THE DAY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
4-4.45pm 'The Small Print of Love' legal planning workshop with O'Neill Patient Solicitors
Geraldine and Suzanne from O'Neill Patient Solicitors will be taking you through the legal side of relationship planning, including cohabitation rights, marriage or civil partnership and legal advice for parents and parents-to-be. PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED ON THE DAY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
5-6.30pm 'Breaking Through' Panel Discussion
Often the most popular event of the Sugar & Spice weekend, our panel will be made up of inspirational lesbian and bisexual women who have broken through barriers, talking about what they've achieved, what motivates them and the people who influenced and inspired them. PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED ON THE DAY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
6.30pm Sugar & Spice closes
Sugar & Spice Afterparty - 7.30pm til late
Why not continue the fun at the Sugar & Spice afterparty, courtesy of Beaver Club Night? The evening will start with a celebration of inspiring women and we welcome people to submit dedications to pioneering women. Submissions must be received by Monday March 2nd, please call 07958 642090 for more info.
This is followed by an international women day themed quiz from 8.30-9.30pm hosted by Kerry Leigh, the winning team will win a years' free entry to Laughing Cows Comedy for two people. Culminating into the event then becoming a women centre club night where of course the DJ’s will only play music written, performed or produced by females!
Advance tickets priced at £5 on-sale now - click here to buy
Schedule for Sunday 8th March
10am-1pm 'Esther Roper and Eva Gore-Booth: living and loving in Manchester in the 1890s' - Women's Heritage Bike Tour
The tour is approximately 8 miles and traces the lives these two fascinating women, a lesbian couple who made a huge contribution to the advancement of women's rights during their years in Manchester. Mostly on roads but with a short section on the River Medlock Path. Refreshments available when we return to The LGF. Make sure you dress warmly as there will be frequent stops. You will need a bike (in good working order) and a helmet is compulsory. PLACES STRICTLY LIMITED, PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED - RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW.
11am onwards Sugar & Spice open. Drop into our cafe space throughout the afternoon for free refreshments, crafts and to meet and chat with others. Choose to come for the whole afternoon or drop in for specific sessions...
11am-12pm Networking Brunch Join other women and representatives from local LGBT social and sports groups for a relaxed networking brunch.
12-2pm 'Snap Happy' Photography workshop Learn about framing a picture and how to make the most of your camera settings before heading out into the Gay Village to take some artistics shots. You will need to bring a camera with you - more suited for SLR cameras but you can use a phone or compact camera if you don't have an SLR. PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED ON THE DAY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
12-2pm 'If These Walls Could Talk 2' film screening Follow the stories of three lesbian couples in three different decades in this touching film starring Vanessa Redgrave, Chloe Sevigny, Ellen Degeneres and Sharon Stone. PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED ON THE DAY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
1-4.30pm Family Fun Afternoon
Come along to the Sugar & Spice cafe for family-friendly crafts and a play space for young children. Free refreshments and snacks available, plus a variety of fun activities for children.
1-1.45pm 'Esther Roper and Eva Gore-Booth: living and loving in Manchester in the 1890s' workshop with Warp and Weft Find out about the fascinating lives of Esther Roper & Eva Gore-Booth, a lesbian couple who lived in Manchester from the 1890s and who were champions of the rights of women, famously leading a campaign to ensure barmaids had trade union rights which led to the defeat of Winston Churchill. Your creative input will then be sought for ideas for a memorial for the women. PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED ON THE DAY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
2-4pm 'Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?' film screening In this eccentric all-female romantic comedy, charismatic filmmaker Anna faces a midlife crisis. She has neither job nor girlfriend, and lives in her friend's garage in Los Angeles. Just when she's about to throw in the towel, she meets Katia who becomes her muse, inspiring her to write and direct an all-female remake of Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? Surrounded by beautiful women as cast and crew including Guinevere Turner in a tour-de-force performance, Carrie Preston and gorgeous ingénue Agnes Olech as her smitten cinematographer, Anna destroys everything to get to the bottom of what is truly stopping her from love and life. PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED ON THE DAY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
2.30-4.30pm Retro-fabulous Tea Dance
Channel your inner Strictly Come Dancing star at our retro-fabulous tea dance. Join us for a cream tea and some forties tunes as we waltz the afternoon away! Jack Clegg Dance will be on hand to teach you all the moves. All ages welcome.
4.30pm Sugar & Spice closes
We aim to make Sugar & Spice accessible to all. If you have any access requirements please email email@example.com as soon as possible so we can accommodate these.