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Geena Davis to Headline Sydney's 2017 All About Women Festival

The Opera House has secured a damn fine lineup for their fifth all-female festival.
By Libby Curran
December 05, 2016
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By Libby Curran
December 05, 2016
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Just in case you needed a timely reminder that girls can, and indeed do, run the world, the Sydney Opera House's All About Women festival has announced a pretty inspirational lineup for its 2017 program.

Set to return to the House on March 5 next year in the lead up to International Women's Day, the annual event both explores and celebrates what it means to identify as a woman in today's changing world. And, following on from a record-breaking attendance in 2016 — which saw the likes of Miranda July, Carrie Brownstein and Mallory Ortberg share their wisdom with the crowd — next year's festival is shaping up to be a doozy, as legendary ladies from across the globe descend on Sydney for a jam-packed day of talks, panel discussions, performances and female-centred fun.

With 22 events, there's something in this lineup that'll speak to just about every woman out there. Academy Award-winner and advocate Geena Davis will be diving into the latest research on entertainment stereotyping and on-screen gender diversity, while Janine di Giovanni, Newsweek's Middle East editor, will discuss her own work on violence and the human cost of war. Elsewhere in the program, you'll find Jess Thom's eye-opening performance about life with Tourette's, Seattle-based writer and fat acceptance activist Lindy West talking about her memoir, comedian Zoe Norton Lodge's side-splitting storytelling session, and an insightful glimpse into some of writer and activist Clementine Ford's wildest hate mail.

All About Women 2017 will take place on Sunday, March 5 as part of the Sydney Opera House's Talks and Ideas program. Tickets start from $27, with multipacks on sale from December 9. Jump on the All About Women website for a peek at the full program.

Image: Prudence Upton.

Published on December 05, 2016 by Libby Curran

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