ICAN project for International Women's Day

Posted on: 31st January 2011

What would I say?...

International Culture Arts Network (ICAN) has announced a new project celebrating the lives of Women for International Women's Day.

This year's celebration of International Woman's Day on March 8th marks the centenary of this Global event. ICAN is proposing together with women and girls across the City to host an exhibition in The Playhouse Plaza Gallery on the 12th of March. What is in this exhibition is down to you!

Project Summary

Theatre facilitator Nicky Harley will take women through a process of telling and sharing stories which are significant to that person. The females will work with Nicky to re-tell their story to the public by using a range of personal (or bought) objects, photos and text. We want to gather stories, objects, photographs, doodles, yarns, sketches, dedications, tributes, anecdotes and memories of women young and old. Collectively we will become the curators, we take over the space and we create our collective collage.


Aims & Objectives

This project will bring women together to share and tell their own individual story. The participants will;

· Develop techniques in listening

· Develop interviewing techniques

· Confidence to tell their story

· Providing a platform for women to share stories collectively

· Sharing space

· Confidence building

· Trust

· Reconnecting to their own emotional response

· Respond to one another's story


Final Outcome

To celebrate International Women's Day we will host a final one day exhibition in the Playhouse Plaza gallery on 12th March 2011, all groups and participants will be invited for a buffet and celebration at 2pm.


It's very simple to get involved. If you or your group are interested or wish to find out more please contact Nicky Harley: nicky@derryplayhouse.co.uk or Elaine Forde: elaine@derryplayhouse.co.uk Tel: 02871268027.



ICAN is a three-year project which has been part-financed by the European Union's Regional Development fund through EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed through Special EU Programmes Body.

ICAN is a new vibrant project designed by the Playhouse, which builds on the successes of previous Playhouse projects. ICAN will be delivered by the Playhouse in partnership with North 55, Co. Donegal. This project is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Since its inception the Playhouse has, and continues to nurture local, national and International collaborations and partnerships which have thus far provided a range of inspiring outcomes.


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