On the twelfth of March, in Chelmford’s Art Place, Snapping the Stiletto (an organisation aimed at tackling the harmful ‘Essex girl’ stereotype) held a women's festival, in part to celebrate international women day (which took place on the eighth of March). The event featured a range of inspiring, thought-provoking and empowering speeches from a line-up of speakers who focused on topics of art, heritage, culture and engagement with feminist projects. 

 

In the afternoon two creative workshops took place, whilst the event was overall concluded with a book launch in the evening, to celebrate ‘Homeland is presence’, a partnership project with Lora Aziz to ‘get women outside and comfortable in nature, foraging, cooking, and sharing stories’, via ‘short tales, photo stories, original remedies and recipes’ which ‘explore the recollections of a diverse group of women!’ Lora herself described the event as ‘connecting cultural heritage and the natural abundance of Essex. From the legends of common Mugwort and Mersea Island Wakame salad to Rosehip Masoor daal’. Foraged food made by the women who participated in the project was even available at the book launch.  

 

On the thirteenth of March- the following day- the Art Place hosted a ‘United in Diversity’ fashion show which revolved around celebrating fashion and the sentiment that ‘fashion should be less about limitations and more about your attitude to life and how you express yourself’. 

 

In conclusion, the Art Place hosted an unforgettable weekend of fun and informative events on the twelfth and the thirteenth of March, in collaboration with the organisation Snapping the Stiletto.