Lismore Women’s Festival

Celebrate, learn, connect and create at the Lismore Women’s Festival on International Women’s Day – Friday, 8 March 2024

Celebrate, learn, connect and create at the Lismore Women’s Festival on International Women’s Day – Friday, 8 March 2024

The Lismore Women’s Festival is hosted by Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services Inc. (NORWACS) and will be launched by Kelly Banister, CEO NORWACS at the Serpentine Gallery Lismore on 7 March 2024 from 5pm to coincide with their ‘The Art of Woman’ exhibition with local DJ, Louise Thompson of BayFM Sista’s of Spin providing the tunes.

The Festival program continues on International Women’s Day – Friday, 8 March at Southern Cross University where it promises to be a vibrant occasion for women near and far to get together in a safe, inclusive and empowering space.

Focusing on connecting the generations we welcome young and more mature women alike to join together with an Intergenerational Dance workshop facilitated by Miriam Torzillo and other events such as Bundjalung weaving circle with Kyle Caldwell and Egyptian Dance for Wellbeing. There are many free and low cost workshops happening throughout the day at various locations across the SCU campus including art therapy, radio and podcast production, wellbeing workshops, singing workshop with Imogen Wolf from Northern Rivers Conservatorium and a very special screening of Bundjalung films presented by Jenny Fraser of Solid Screening. There will be musical and circus arts performances in the SCU Plaza from 10am with electronic music provided by Bay FM Sista’s of Spin and Matriarch Records throughout the day in the SCU Lounge. Band Me Up will be back again for the +45 rockstars amongst us.

At 12:30pm Mandy Nolan the Festival’s Mistress of Ceremony will be introducing Keynote Speaker, Ashani Dante – thought leader, speaker and visionary on Embodied Feminine Leadership, a type of leadership that inspires women to reclaim their intuitive gifts and harness the power of inner wisdom, her tagline: ‘gifting people with their own intuition’ encapsulates her mission to help women unlock their full potential & feminine power. Ashani will be sharing key insights, tools & wisdom on how the Northern Rivers community can forge a more compassionate world for women to thrive and step into their full power.  

Following Ashani’s presentation we are thrilled to have local high school students engage in an Emerging Leaders Debate on the topic IS CHIVALRY SEXIST? adjudicated by Vanessa Mitchell. Following this Angela Catterns will be hosting a Fierce Femmes Panel Discussion featuring Panelists: Professor Judy Atkinson, Jenny Dowell, Justine Dorrell, Amy Colli and Amarina Toby on the topic: “Count Her In: Accelerating Gender Equality Through Economic Empowerment”.




Thought leader & Speaker on Embodied Feminine Leadership | Founder of The Flourish Journey (previously Flourish Girl)

Mandy Nolan will be the Festival Mistress of Ceremony introducing Ashani at 12:30pm in the SCU LOUNGE.

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