Women’s Festival Hong Kong is the city’s only festival dedicated to women, and it’s back for its second year at Eaton Hong Kong! Bigger and edgier than its inaugural event, there are almost twice the amount of talks and workshops taking place this year over the 10-day line-up, with the bulk of the 50+ planned programmes happening over the two weekends.
Scheduled from August 23 to September 1, this year’s festival is titled ‘I AM A ____ WOMAN’, with days revolving around a specific theme, from Divine, Extra-Large, and Alien to Nasty, Hairy, and Failed. Expect workshops and film screenings, art exhibitions and legal panels, drag jamming and roller disco parties, all aiming for an inclusive environment.
The Women’s Festival is a space where women in Hong Kong can be vulnerable and discuss serious issues as well as learn from one another. Organised by three powerful local women—Chantal Wong, director of culture at Eaton Hong Kong; Sonia Wong, founder of local film festival Reel Women; and Vera Lui, founder of the intimate lifestyle store Sally Coco—there are events and activities that deal with mental wellness and communication, teach personal branding and financial intelligence, and encourage new perspectives on disabilities and sex.
There are also beauty and fitness classes for those just looking to unwind. The majority of the programmes will be conducted in Cantonese, although there are heaps of English-speaking events as well. While the festival is dedicated to women and femmes, men are also welcome, as there are activities that deal with familial and romantic relationships that anyone can benefit from.
Events and activities cost anywhere between $100–$400, with special community pricing for full-time local Hong Kong students, “new” middle-age citizens (aged 60 or above), and people with different abilities. Check out the full programme of the Women’s Festival here.
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