Library Lates International Women's Day

This event was previously advertised as being at Luton Central Library. It will take place at The Hat Factory Arts Centre, 65-67 Bute Street.

An event to mark International Women’s Day.

A panel discussion focusing on women’s voices and their journey in their lives as professional women.

Join a panel of local Luton Writers and creators from a range of backgrounds to talk about how they found their voice, what obstacles they face and what it means to be a woman creating work in the world today.

Adeyinka Akinrinade

Adeyinka is a Luton based Actor & Producer. Having studied at Bath Spa University and trained at ALT Actors Training, she was Festival Director of The British Urban Film Festival and has produced two short films, one which was recently funded by the BFI . Acting credits include, Tartfuffe at The National Theatre, Pilgrims at The Orange Three Theatre. TV credits- Grantchester, Top Boy and Sky's Temple.

Imrana Mahmood

Imrana Mahmood is a Creative Producer committed to redefining the arts scene by enhancing participation, collaboration and inclusivity. She is passionate about working with diverse communities at a grassroots level to facilitate self-empowerment through arts engagement. Imrana’s creative writing work focuses on notions of identity and belonging as a means of exploring the spiritual self. Her previous projects include Beyond Borders and Echoes of the Diaspora, and she is currently the Community Activist for Revoluton Arts (part of the Creative People and Places programme funded by Arts Council England). 

Shemiza Rashid

Shemiza Rashid is a multi-award winning social and cultural entrepreneur, producer, broadcaster, mentor and mother of six. Shemiza is a growing voice across community and regional radio, where she presents the dynamic Urban Kube show on InspireFM and regularly features doing the Sunday paper review on BBC Three Counties Radio. She was presented the prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Award for Public Service in 2014 and she was shortlisted for Best Female Muslim Radio Presenter and Most Innovative Radio show at the Momo Awards. She has recently produced her first performance project, The Mother Monologues, which has been presented as radio, public art, and finally as a theatre production at The Hat Factory Arts Centre.

Moriom Grillo

Moriam Grillo is an award-winning international artist who studied Ceramics at the University of Westminster, and has been working with clay for twenty years. Alongside her personal practice, Moriam works as an arts therapist and runs The Butterfly Project, a person-centric arts therapy project for domestic abuse survivors, which creates a range of work from paintings, to ceraimics, to poetry plays and dance.

Sophie Gresswell

Sophie Gresswell is a Luton based artist exploring perception of identity and place in a range of mediums including painting, audio, animation and technology. Sophie has partnered with the likes of The University of Bedfordshire and London Luton Aiport to deliver socially engaged public arts projects. Most recently she has been commissioned by BBC arts to develop a short artistic film called "'Where are you from?" exploring her personal struggle with being mixed race British/Other.

Running Time: 90 minutes, including a 15 minute interval


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