Friday, March 06, 2009

Happy International Womens Day

Most who read this blog are women, and most are deeply interested in that amazing, demanding, sometimes overwhelming, but quintesential womanly time of life, when we bear and nurture our children.

The following message is from VICTORIAN WOMEN’S TRUST

Dear Friends of the Trust,

Wishing you a happy International Women’s Day this Sunday!

The Women’s Trust will have a stall tomorrow (Friday 6 March) at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre market (just behind the QV building, 210 Lonsdale Street) from 11am-3pm. If you’re in the city and can drop by, come over to the Trust table, check out our publications and merchandise (including the Women’s Anthem CD) and say hello.

Also at the market will be the Brunswick Women’s Choir who will be singing the Women’s Anthem ‘Love & Justice’ during two 15 minute sets at approximately 12.05 and 12.45pm.

The Anthem ‘Love & Justice’, which we commissioned Kavisha Mazzella to write last year as part of the Centenary of Suffrage in Victoria, will also be getting some airtime this weekend as part of IWD celebrations.

A recording of the inaugural performance of the Anthem late last year (with a choir of over 450 women) will be played on:

*774 ABC Melbourne – Tracy Bartram, who led a verse of the Anthem at the inaugural performance, is filling in as host this weekend on the Saturday Morning program (7 March). She will interview Executive Director Mary Crooks after the 7am news bulletin, as well as play the live recording of the Anthem.

*ABC Radio National (Melbourne 621 AM) - Paul Petran of Music Deli will be playing the Anthem at the end of his program on Friday evening (6 March) (program starts @ 8.05pm), and on Saturday morning 7 March (program starts @ 4.05am (for insomniacs and shift workers!). It will be repeated at the end of the program on Sunday 8 March (program starts @ 4.05pm). The program goes for one hour - if you miss it you can listen in to the podcast for a month afterwards on

The Trust has in stock copies of a CD which includes (1) Mary Crooks’ introduction providing the historical context of the anthem, (2) the inaugural performance of the anthem, (3) Convenor Dur-e Dara’s gifting to the women of Victoria and beyond, and (4) practice tracks, with Kavisha Mazzella singing each part for you or your choir to learn from. Copies are available for $10, including postage. If you would like to obtain a copy of the CD, please email or phone (03) 9642 0422.

Have a great long weekend!

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