Birmingham's first PMT festival will be held this month to coincide with Women's History Month
Birmingham’s first PMT festival will be held in the city to coincide with Women’s History Month

With the month of March being declared Women’s History Month across the US, UK and Australia, and with International Women’s Day just around the corner, it seems fitting for a festival celebrating women to make its debut in Birmingham this month.

PMT – short for Powering the Matriarchy Together -is a day-long festival which will cover themes of love, art, body and work. This is the first of its kind for Birmingham, and will be an opportunity to celebrate the rich mix of women and non-binary people who make up this city.

“This city often falls in the shadow of London during International Women’s Day and we felt it was time to launch our own event to celebrate the work and achievements of the women in Birmingham,” commented PMT curator Alison Baskerville.

This eclectic event kicks off with a special Speed Mentoring session featuring badass women from across the UK. From artists to scientists, visitors will get 5 minutes with a range of womxn to ask questions and share ideas in this fast and energetic information exchange.

Mentors include Karen Newman, founder of Birmingham Open Media (BOM), social entrepreneur Anisa Haghdadi who was recently featured in the European Forbes Under 30 list, and photographer and writer Sabiha Mahmoud.

Some of the team behind Birmingham's inaugural PMT Festival (Photograph: Paul Stringer)
Some of the team behind Birmingham’s inaugural PMT Festival (Photograph: Paul Stringer)

The programme includes fun workshops, inspiring micro-lectures, a marketplace of PMT makers, and live demonstrations to learn how to ride a longboard, re-string your electric guitar and even change a tyre.

“We want an inclusive event which is fun and will give women practical life skills as well as thought provoking content. It’s time for us to recognise that we can’t empower women alone and we need everyone to be a part of this day,” adds Baskerville.

There is no fixed price for this event, but organisers invite attendees to pay as you feel to support the work of future PMT events. The full PMT programme will be announced at: bit.ly/PMTBrum

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You can book your tickets for the Birmingham PMT Festival here.

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