One Billion Rising Arts Festival


The inaugural One Billion Rising Art Festival aims to bring the campaign against violence towards women to the cultural sphere. Figures across the arts spectrum including artists, curators, playwrights, actors and the general public will all be invited to come together to create and immerse themselves in a rich programme of powerful events. “Art has long been a vehicle of protest and an agent of change. Art is the most powerful the most direct and visceral way of speaking to people across borders, and barriers. Eve Ensler has started a women’s revolution with the Vagina Monologues. The One Billion Rising UK Art Festival brings art and social change together.” says Nadja Romain, Chair of the festival. The impressive line-up of exhibitions, performances, talks and screenings will take place across the UK in various venues, museums and galleries, challenging us to new ways of thinking and motivating us to change something. Artists involved include Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Judy Chicago, Rose Gibbs, Hannah McClure, Mimmo Miccolis and many more.  For information on all festival events please visit


“Perhaps because we don’t know what art is for it provides a way in, a sideways approach, to difficult conversations. This is one of them. Bringing people together over a creative endeavour provides the germs for such conversations, with the OBR art festival they have only just begun.” Rose Gibbs, Director of One Billion Rising Arts Festival


Exhibition by I am. Interrupted


An exhibition from I am. Interrupted, an artistic collective, of emotive and powerful art works demonstrating what is in the heart of each of us. I am. Interrupted have undertaken the goal to challenge and engage the audience with the taboo subject of domestic violence.

Date: 31st January

Time: 3 – 11pm

Location:  Doodle Bar, Testbed 1, 33 Parkgate Road, London, SW11 4NP

London Rising: One Night Fundraiser


On Monday, 4th Feb ONE BILLION RISING UK will be holding “LONDON RISING” – a one night charity fundraising theatrical dance party – with music, dance, songs and film that celebrates women. The event promises to be an empowering evening and will feature special guest star Eve Ensler who will perform her newest piece “Rising.”  V-Day board member and acclaimed film actress Thandie Newton will perform a special piece called “Over It.”

Date: 4th February

Time: 8 – 11pm

Location:  Café de Paris, 3 – 4 Coventry Street, London, W1D 6BL

Women, Violence, Chastity and Titian: A tour of Titian’s painting at The National Gallery


At The National Gallery curator Minna Moore will be offering a tour of the Titian paintings. The tour will be themed around the subject of violence towards women.

Date: 13th February

Time: 11am

Location: National Gallery, London, WC2N 5DN

One Billion Rising Flash Mob


OBR Flashmob is a big dance event, representation of a global strike to protest against violence towards women and girls around the world. On 14th February 2013, the 15th anniversary of Vday, professional dancers from different dance styles and people of all abilities will be involved in a BIG DANCE to shake the world and show their support for the ONE BILLION RISING campaign.

To register for this event please email

Exhibition: Fans of Feminism

This exhibition will explore the work of established, emerging and student artist whose work is rooted in Feminist theory. Artists to appear in the exhibition include, Oriana Fox and Sarah Maple.

Date: 15th – 23rd February

Times: Monday – Friday 11am till 8pm


Putting The Heart Back Into Art at The Hayward Gallery

Bringing together activist, community organizers, political thinkers, commentators, campaigners, and professionals Rose Gibbs invites the public to this one-day-only event. Delegates from LGBT, Racial Equality, Feminist Socialist, Social Welfare, environmental and anti-violence groups will come together in this informal setting both to meet each other and to reach out and speak to the public.

Date: 14th February

Times: 10.30am – 6pm

Location:  The Hayward Gallery, London, SE1 8XX

Exhibition: I Dream of Congo: Narratives from The Great Lakes

‘I Dream of Congo: Narratives from The Great Lakes’ will be a unique exhibition combining words and images from renowned international creatives alongside a groundbreaking exhibition of photos taken by women in eastern Congo.

Date: 12th – 23rd February

Location:  Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

Exhibition: Project ANNA

Project Anna is an artistic collaboration between Ewa Bathelier (painter) and Paulina Palian (fashion designer). A series of 10 dresses will symbolize the evolution ANNA undertakes from the moment she puts on the white wedding dress. The project will portray the weight which every woman carries trough her life: no matter if it’s her wedding day and she is fresh, naive, young, or mature and confident, short and sexy mini dresses.

Date: 24th February

Times: from 4pm

Location:  Vibe Gallery, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG

Exhibition: I am Conceived

An exhibition of mixed media in the atmospheric Old Police Station Gallery in New Cross, ‘To Be Conceived’ will questions whether the idea of Either/Or binaries can give way to Either/And. Date: 6th – 17th March

Location:  The Old Police Station, 114 – 116 Amsherm Vale, New Cross, London, SE14 6LG


ONE BILLION RISING (OBR), the new initiative of Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning author of the Vagina Monologues, is a global campaign for a grassroots movement that from Lima, to Paris, New Delhi to Kinshasa, Manila, to Bahrain is clamouring, loud and clear, for the end of violence towards women and girls. On February 14th, 2013, One Billion women and the men who love them will rise up on the planet, joining Eve Ensler and the activists of her foundation V-Day to strike, dance, shake the world and shift the energy, to empower women and girls and break the cycle of violence.


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