First wave of POW! festival 2020 events revealed

The Nightengale will be shown at the Palace cinema Broadstairs as part of the festival

POW! festival, Thanet’s major annual multidisciplinary arts festival celebrating International Women’s Day, has released the first wave of events for the 2020 festival programme.

These include a folk night exploring the female gender, a one-woman play telling the story of a Countess who escaped Nazi-occupied Poland, a horror-thriller following a revenge-seeking female convict, and a night of erotic readings from the work of contemporary female novelists.

POW! 2020 festival is returning to Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs on March 6-15,2020, for 10 days to celebrate the power of women and female creativity, and to explore women’s issues and feminism in our modern world.

It brings together artists, venues and organisations across Thanet to showcase empowering events including performances, exhibitions, workshops, talks and opportunities to get involved.

The first wave of released events, which celebrate the unique stories and experiences of women, including persecution and revenge, joy and creativity, and sex and arousal, are:

Moonfest – Lunatraktors

March 11, 8pm – 10pm

Theatre Royal, Margate

Tickets £10, concessions £8

Margate’s broken folk duo Lunatraktors curate a night of immersive musical lunacy at the iconic Theatre Royal. Dress up in whatever you’re most comfortable in, from glad rags to PJs and enjoy fabulous femme performances devoted to Luna, our moon. A moonlit night for all ages and genders.

From Dzikow to Willesden Green

A play by Rula Lenska, followed by Q&A

March 15, 2020, 7.30pm – 9pm

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Fordoun Road, Broadstairs

£16 (+ £1 booking fee)

In this one woman show Rula Lenska, one of the UK’s best-loved actors, brings to life the memoirs of her mother, a Countess who escaped Nazi-occupied Poland, survived a concentration camp and arrived in England as a refugee.

The Nightingale

A feature film presented by Thanet Film Society

March 10, 2020, 8.30 – 10.45pm

The Palace Cinema, Harbour Street, Broadstairs

£6 (£5 for members)

A 2018 Australian period horror-thriller film set in 1825 in the British penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania). A young convict seeks revenge for a terrible act of violence committed against her family. Over 18s only.

For Women, By Women – A Night ofErotic Reading

By Bunny & Frank

March 11, 2020

First reading: 6pm – 7.45pm

Second reading: 8.30pm – 10.15pm

Big bit, 1-3 Broad Street, Margate

Free – All adults welcome

A night of erotic readings from contemporary novels by female writers. Celebrate a uniquely female perspective on sex and arousal. Adults only.

The complete line-up and schedule for POW! Thanet 2020 will be announced in waves on over the next few months in the build up to the festival.