The Oamaru Opera House is linking directly with the Sydney Opera House in a special event for International Women’s Day.
On Sunday, a live satellite feed of “All About Women” will be streamed from the Sydney venue to the Oamaru one.
“This annual feminist festival is designed to make you think and ask questions about gender, justice and equality,” Oamaru Opera House marketing manager David McFarlane said.
“Returning for its seventh year, it offers talks and discussions with a stellar cast of international writers, politicians, activists and storytellers exploring ideas that matter to women.”
Selected sessions will be streamed to audiences tuning in across New Zealand and Australia, thanks to support from Westpac, he said.
The content is curated by Dr Edwina Throsby, head of talks and ideas at the Sydney Opera House.
“This year’s ‘All About Women’ is all about looking forward,” she said.
“So often we get stuck thinking about the same old problems in the same way, but this festival seeks out new voices, new perspectives and new arguments, to consider how feminism is evolving for all people, from all backgrounds, all over the world.
“If you want to know about where feminism is headed as a global movement, this is the festival for you.”
Entry to the Oamaru Opera House to experience the live feed is by gold coin donation.
The streaming begins at 3.15pm. First up is #MeToo, Year Two, considering whether there has been a fundamental shift in the way power functions, or whether it has been temporary and superficial.
The panel comprises Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Emily Steel, Indian gang rape survivor and author Sohaila Abdulali, and former special assistant to United States President Barack Obama and chief of staff to Michelle Obama Tina Tchen.
Moderator Lenore Taylor is editor of The Guardian Australia.
will be open from 4.30pm to 5pm, then the second session will examine feminism in the Arab World. It promises an insight into the underground of feminist activism across Arabian countries, where there are also strong LGBTQI movements.
The panellists are Tunisian feminist and first African Union Youth Envoy Aya Chebbi, Beirut university professor and storyteller Dima Matta, and Sydney-based author, lawyer, and human rights advocate Randa Abdel Fattah.
Moderator Sara Saleh is an Arab-Australian refugee advocate, activist, and creative artist.