CURLYTREATS Festival 2022 – An Impactful Festival Leading Up To International Women’s Day – centring the Unique Experiences of Black Women.
Now, in its 9th year, CURLYTREATS Festival introduces Dear Black Women – a series of curated talks, interactive workshops, solution-oriented seminars, and marketplace dedicated to Black women and their intersecting identities.
To celebrate Women’s History Month this March 2022 as well as International Women’s Day – please join them on Saturday 5 March for an exciting programme of activities at this festival designed to celebrate everyday Black Women.
Why Do CURLYTREATS Festival 2022 Celebrate Women’s History Month?
During March, Women’s History Month celebrates the vital role of women in history and acknowledges women’s contributions to culture and society.
But historically, the contributions of Black women, some of who have been behind several of the world’s impactful social movements, lacks wide recognition or are entirely erased from public historical narratives. Yet, the very fabric of society would be different without the contributions from Black women.
Here in the UK, join CURLYTREATS on Saturday, 5 March, as they acknowledge the labour, sacrifices, and the incredible and inspirational contributions of dedicated pioneers who contributed and helped shape our world, as well as the committed Black women who have continued the exceptional work set by their forerunners.
Why Do They Celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022?
IWD is celebrated annually on 8 March to recognise women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements, raise awareness of discrimination and bias, and inspire and empower us to take action for equality.
IWD 2022 campaign theme is #BreakTheBias. Black women exist at the intersection of racism and misogyny, they are marginalised and discriminated against for being Black and being women – we live in both identities at all times.
In seeking gender equality, the mainstream women’s movement lacks real inclusion in celebrating Black women’s achievements and raising issues that affect their intersecting identities, not because of their lack of participation in eradicating gender oppression. But the result of anti-Blackness, lack of real allyship and solidarity. Black women’s unique challenges are generally ignored or not raised at all.
Join CURLYTREATS on Saturday, 5 March 2022, at Novotel West Convention & Exhibition Centre where the distinct experiences and needs of Black women are centred.
Why CURLYTREATS Festival 2022 Presents Dear Black Women Exists?
To take up space, give appreciation and celebrate the resilience, power and contributions of Black women to history, culture, and society – through a series of thoughtfully curated talks, workshops, seminars, and the marketplace.
The festival provides an environment that centres their love and vision for the society they want to experience and would like future generations to live in – a world that does not diminish, devalue, or discard us.
Support Black Women-Owned Entrepreneurs & Businesses Who Cater To Black Women
Sis, discover and connect with Black-owned businesses that support the needs of Black women – exhibiting in their marketplace – on Saturday 5 March 2022 at Novotel West. One of the impactful ways to support these businesses beyond social media is our spending power in person.
CURLYTREATS are excited to see you there and celebrate this special day with you on Saturday, 5 March 2022.
CURLYTREATS offer 80% of their exhibition space to Black Women-Owned Businesses. Also, they offer 20% of their exhibition space to companies who provide products to cater to Black women.
Why do they support Black businesses? Since launching the festival in 2013, they have proudly supported the growth of unique Black-owned businesses that face multiple challenges, including lack of access to funding, visibility and support. As a solution, their marketplace directly connects you with these brilliant small businesses, who offer a variety of products and services within the following categories:
Hair and beauty
Health and Wellness
Fashion, Accessories and
Greeting Cards, Stationery, Paintings
Dried food and drinks
Trade at this event on Saturday, 5 March 2022.
What’s On –
This event includes 4 key spaces, click on the links below to find out what’s taking place in each space:
- You Are Worthy – Wellness Sessions
- You Are Celebrated – Arts & Cultural Sessions
- You Matter Too – Solution Sessions
- The Marketplace
Please use the Exhibitor Manual for the information needed to plan your participation.