This year’s POW! (Power of Women) festival opens on March 8 with a spectacular banner procession.
Still We Rise – named after the famous Maya Angelou poem -will be led by artist Jessica Voorsanger and her posse of protesters.
The march is a reprise of the national Suffragette procession which took place in June 2018, marking the centenary of some women gaining the vote. Turner Contemporary commissioned Voorsanger to work with a group of Thanet women to create a large scale banner to be part of the procession. A banner was also created specially made for POW! by artist Tracie Peisley.
Still We Rise will include community groups who have made their own banners – and anyone who wishes to join the procession is welcome, using the colours of pink and black to represent POW! is encouraged. The march will include members of the east Kent branch of Waspi (Women Against State Pension Inequality).
After the procession, which has been sponsored by Stagecoach,the banners will be displayed at various venues throughout Thanet.
The procession meets at Margate station at 5pm, marching from the Nayland Rock shelter at 5.15pm and finishes at Turner Contemporary where, from 6pm, Margate Social Singing Choir and young people, including those involved in the Creative Voices project, supported by Dreamland, will set the Festival off with a bang.
This is a free event but tickets need to be booked for entry to Turner Contemporary by clicking here
There will also be an opportunity to view the current exhibition at Turner Contemporary, A Place that Exists Only in Moonlight, showcasing Katie Paterson and JMW Turner.
POW! Thanet runs from March, 8 – 17. Visit powthanet.com for a full line up
Why does POW recommend wearing pink and black rather than the colours of the Suffragette movement? Just asking