XX marks the spot on Women’s Day

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A num­ber of events, both mu­si­cal and non-mu­si­cal, are tak­ing place across Ire­land next week to cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day. In Cork, the Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Cen­tre will host a fash­ion, mu­sic and African dance show to­mor­row from 12.30pm, while Mon­day will see the Ir­ish So­pra­nos pro­vide the en­ter­tain­ment at a char­ity lunch in aid of Con­cern at City Hall from noon. A num­ber of sim­i­lar events will take place in Dublin and around the coun­try, as well as ex­hi­bi­tions, talks and read­ings. For more, see in­ter­na­tion­al­wom­ens­day.com.

This week also saw two spe­cific mu­si­cal events take place to hon­our the day night be­come Femmescene for one night only on Wed­nes­day, with an all-fe­male line-up that in­cluded sev­eral all-girl bands, a Kylie im­per­son­ator, and fe­male DJs. “We were in­spired by Ladyfest Cork,” said pro­moter John O’Leary. “We just loved the self-help ethos of it all. In a male­dom­i­nated in­dus­try we liked the fem­i­nist un­der­cur­rent, but mostly we liked it be­cause it was some­thing fresh and new.”

Dublin’s SoundCheck club night also be­came SoundChick last night, with a large num­ber of fe­male DJs tak­ing to the wheels of steel. “In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for us to mark,” said Una Mul­lally of SoundCheck. "The mu­sic is prob­a­bly at its peak n SoundChick nights be­cause t’s fun and nerdy and eclec­tic.”

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