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International Women's Day in South Bank

February 15th, 2019 | by Ella Stern

International Women's Day in South Bank

South Bank has had a wealth of women grace the river front over the years, with some women even constructing one of the very bridges, Waterloo Bridge, that we use every day to explore the wonderful world of South Bank. In 2018, the year which celebrated the centenary of the start of women’s suffrage, we’ve been lucky to have had inspirational females across our spectrum of entertainment offerings including: Sophie Okonendo and Cate Blanchett in powerful pioneering roles at the National Theatre, the effervescent Caitlin Moran and Sue Perkins at the Southbank Centre in addition to phenomenal UK exclusive in conversation event with FLOTUS Michelle Obama and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

With International Women’s day 2019 on the 8th March, South Bank’s offerings are back with a bang in order to celebrate the great women we have in our midst. From a ninth WOW festival to Florence Nightingale challenging gender roles, there is something to inspire everyone in South Bank this weekend.


  • WOW: Woman of the World

    The WOW festival began in the UK in 2010 at the Southbank Centre celebrating woman and girls. Over the last nine years the Festivals have developed a reputation as a space for world renowned artists, activists, thinkers and performers. The festival is back again this year with another incredible line- up.

    See all the events here.

    Southbank Centre
  • Top Girls at the National Theatre

    A tale of female ambition - Marlene is the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency. But she has no plans to stop there. With Maggie in at Number 10 and a spirit of optimism consuming the country, Marlene knows that the future belongs to women like her. 

    Book tickets now.

    National Theatre
  • Florence and gender roles

    Join the Florence Nightingale Museum on a short talk to explore how Florence was breaking the gender roles of Victorian society by refusing to get married, instead following her calling to be independent and to become a nurse.

    Find out more here. 

    Florence Nightingale Museum
  • Woman’s Aid Dinner at Skylon

    Women’s Aid Patrons Julie Walters & Mel B invite you to join Skylon for an inspiring celebration of survivors for International Women’s Day with a fashion show, dinner and dancing at Skylon. All proceeds will be going to domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid.

    Book a table of ten.

    Skylon Restaurant, Bar & Grill
  • Happy as Lazzaro preview at the BFI

    A happy-go-lucky peasant gets embroiled in a kidnapping scheme in this genre-bending film.

    Find out more and book now.

    BFI Southbank
  • Penny Lecture: Cross-Class Encounters- Virginia Woolf at Morley

    In this Penny Lecture, an International Women's Day event, Dr Clara Jones introduces and explores the only record Woolf made of her experiences of Morley – an unpublished sketch held in her literary archive. In this ‘Morley Sketch’ Woolf rehearses her early ideas and anxieties about gender, class and professionalism, themes that are also central to her first novel The Voyage Out (1915), which this lecture will touch on too.


    Tickets available via Eventbrite here.

    Morley College
  • Contemporary Collective at Bankside Hotel

    You are invited to Bankside Hotel for a round table discussion with a group of female artist’s and industry insiders exploring their practice, roles and experiences in and of the art world.

    Guests are welcome to observe or get involved in the discussions and can submit questions or topics for conversation ahead of the evening.

    Register now.

  • GINternational Women' Day

    Join the Team at Gillray's and celebrate International Woman's Day with an evening of gin history and chatter while sipping on gin cocktails inspired by iconic women. A welcome G&T, two Martin Miller samples, an Iconic Gin Cocktail and the special canapes our Executive Chef has created for the evening are all included!

    Find out more and book now.

    London Marriott Hotel County Hall

    On the 9th of March, Vans invites women of all ages to Get On Board and learn something new alongside their peers and together inspire a new way of women’s skateboarding progression.

    In the morning, House of Vans will open its doors exclusively to 90 lucky women to host Girls Skate Camps with private skate clinics with our ambassadors Lucy Adams, Amy Ram, Helena Long and Shani Bru.

    Find out more and reserve your place now. 

    House Of Vans

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 2 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 3 - Florence Nightingale Museum

    St Thomas’ Hospital
    2 Lambeth Palace Road
    SE1 7EW


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  • 4 - Skylon Restaurant, Bar & Grill

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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  • 5 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 6 - Morley College

    61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

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  • 7 - Bankside

    Bankside Hotel 2 Blackfriars Rd London UK SE1 9JU 

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  • 8 - London Marriott Hotel County Hall

    London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, South Bank London SE1 7PB

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  • 9 - House Of Vans

    Main entrance
    Arches 228 – 232
    Station Approach Road
    SE1 8SW 

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