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Women Are Mint is a trans-inclusive feminist festival, that aims to tackle the gender imbalance on line-ups. With a MINT line-up, curated by local musician Martha Hill, Women Are Mint is guaranteed to satisfy every musical itch you need to scratch. From powerful singer-songwriters, to dynamic MCs, to mind-blowing DJs and performers; there is nothing you might want that Women Are Mint doesn’t offer. Throw in some free yoga, workshops and talks and your weekend is made! Women Are Mint 2022 will be held from the 20th- 22nd May at Cobalt Studios, Newcastle.

Background

Women Are Mint was originally created in 2018 as a series of events in conjunction with Alphabetti Theatre, designed to give a voice and a platform to women in music. Off the back of their success, Newcastle based musician Martha Hill grew the idea into a three day music event, that not only showcases female talent, but also provides educational opportunities to aspiring female musicians in the North East.

The USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s fourth annual report examined the gender and race of artists, songwriters, producers, and other creators across 900 top songs in the last nine years. Across 2012 to 2020, women only comprised a total 21.6% of all artists, 12.6% of all songwriters, and 2.6% of all producers. The study found that despite renewed industry-wide vows, the situation actually worsened from 2019 to 2020. The gender ratio in the music industry is shocking. We have to be committed to making change and Women Are Mint strives for just that.

Inclusion

Women Are Mint festival aims to celebrate women in the music industry. It is not exclusionary of men, it is in fact pro-equality. Men and people of other genders are of course invited to join the fight in making the music industry a more equal place, and they are definitely invited to attend. Women Are Mint aims to be a safe space where people can express themselves and be themselves. We have a zero tolerance policy for any kind of discrimination or aggression, and are always striving to better ourselves as an event. If you have any feedback, or wish to ask any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our director Martha Hill at martha@marthahillmusic.co.uk.

Press

https://spotlightuk.co.uk/articles/2019/5/17/review-women-are-mint-festival

https://spotlightuk.co.uk/articles/2019/4/24/interview-martha-hill-on-her-women-are-mint-festival

Background to Women Make Music

FAQs

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  • Livestream information

    Women Are Mint 2022 will be streamed live to Howzat TV’s YouTube page. – click here
    you don’t need an account to access the stream.

    After the livestream, the content will be recorded for later viewing. There will be a BSL Interpreter, and YouTube also has built in captioning for the performances. You can also access the lyrics via the link in the livestream’s description. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our director Martha Hill at martha@marthahillmusic.co.uk

  • Where is Women Are Mint festival 2022?

    Cobalt Studios CIC, 10-16 Boyd St, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 1AP, England

  • Where can I buy tickets?

    Click here to buy tickets.

  • What time are the gigs starting each day?

    Friday: doors at 19:30

    Saturday: doors at 21:00

    Sunday: 16:00

  • When and where are the free workshops?

    Friday

    18:00- 19:30 A Dance of One’s Own: Creative dance class with Michaela Wate (she/her) held at Yoga Therapies (£5 deposit required – click here)

    Saturday

    15:00- 16:30 Panel: Intersectional Feminism and Creating Safer Spaces: Public panel with feminists and activists at Cobalt Studios (no deposit required)

    16:30- 18:30 Zine Making Workshop:With Melody Sproates (they/them) held at Cobalt Studios (no deposit required)

    18:30- 20:00 Songwriting Workshop: With Kay Greyson (she/her) held at Cobalt Studios (£5 deposit required – click here)

    Sunday

    13:00- 14:30 Family Friendly Music Session: Music with Lizzie Lowe (she/her) held at Cobalt Studios (£5 deposit required – click here – each £5 deposit includes admission for 1 adult and 1 child.)

    14:30- 15:30 Family Friendly Yoga:With Shanti Bee held at Cobalt Studios (£5 deposit required – click here – each £5 deposit includes admission for 1 adult and 1 child.)

    To secure a position at one of the workshops, please click hereto pay your £5 deposit- this will be refunded when you arrive at the workshop.

  • If the workshops are free, why do I have to pay a £5 deposit?

    To help stop people from booking up the workshops and then not showing up, this year we’re introducing a £5 deposit scheme. This means you spend £5 on a ticket, and then when you attend the workshop it will be refunded same day. If this is inaccessible to you for any reason, please don’t hesitate to contact our director Martha Hill at martha@marthahillmusic.co.uk and we can make an exception.

  • Why does this event only celebrate women?

    Women Are Mint is a trans-inclusive, feminist festival that was created following a series of discussions and gigs at Alphabetti Theatre in 2018. These events highlighted the importance of a safe space for discussion as well as a platform to celebrate and support women music.

  • Are men welcome at this event?

    Of course! Men are more than welcome, and so are people of other genders. The celebration of women and their achievements is not exclusive, and gender equality will benefit us all.

  • Is the whole weekend child appropriate?

    We cannot guarantee that Friday night is appropriate for under 18’s, and Saturday is 18+, however Sunday is specifically tailored as a safe space for families.

  • Is Cobalt Studios accessible?

    Yes! Find out more by reading our accessibility section.

    If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us at martha@marthahillmusic.co.uk

  • Accessibility

    WOMEN ARE MINT

    MAY 2022

    FRIDAY 20 (doors at 19:30)

    LADY NADE

    GOOD HABITS

    AK PATTERSON

    CEITIDH MAC

    SATURDAY 21 (doors at 21:00)

    NAOMI CAROLE

    COALESCENCE SOUND SYSTEM

    EVA LAZARUS

    MINA + BRYTE

    SUNDAY 22 (doors at 16:00)

    SHE CHOIR

    ELLE CHANTE

    NADEDJA

    NORTHERING

    WORKSHOPS

    Friday 20

    18:00- 19:30 A Dance of One’s Own: Creative dance class with Michaela Wate (she/her) held at Yoga Therapies (£5 deposit required click here).

    Saturday 21

    15:00- 16:30 Panel: Intersectional Feminism and Creating Safe Spaces: Public panel with feminists and activists at Cobalt Studios (no deposit required).

    16:30- 18:30 Zine Making Workshop: With Melody Sproates (they/them) held at Cobalt Studios (no deposit required).

    18:30- 20:00 Songwriting Workshop: With Kay Greyson (she/her) held at Cobalt Studios (£5 deposit required click here).

    Sunday 22

    13:00- 14:30 Family Friendly Music Session: Music with Lizzie Lowe (she/her) held at Cobalt Studios (£5 deposit requiredclick here. Each £5 deposit includes admission for 1 adult and 1 child.)

    14:30- 15:30 Family Friendly Yoga: With Shanti Bee held at Cobalt Studios (£5 deposit requiredclick here. Each £5 deposit includes admission for 1 adult and 1 child.)

    To secure a position at one of the workshops, please click here to pay your £5 deposit- this will be refunded when you arrive at the workshop.

    Accessibility Information

    • Step free venue and accessible toilet.
    • There will be chairs available at all shows.
    • Friday and Sunday’s gigs will be accompanied by a BSL Interpreter (Saturday’s club night won’t, and neither will the workshops).
    • There is no drop down bar at the venue, but table service can be provided by staff to those who require it.
    • LIVESTREAM: Friday and Sunday’s shows will be available via Howzat TV YouTube page. There will be a BSL Interpreter, and YouTube also has built in captioning for the performances. You can also access the lyrics via the link in the livestream’s description.
    • There is often parking available outside the venue: please email me if you would specifically like a space to be kept for you.
    • Personal assistant/carer tickets are free- please email me at martha@marthahillmusic.co.uk
    • If you have any questions about the space or the event, please contact me at martha@marthahillmusic.co.uk

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