THE Dundee Women’s Festival kicks off tomorrow in venues across the city.

A packed schedule includes a diverse range of workshops, exhibitions, talks, film screenings and performances, many of which celebrate the 100th anniversary of some women being able to vote.

National columnist Lesley Riddoch launches the festival, which runs until March 17, with a talk tomorrow titled Women and Land: Our Secret History (DCA, 1.30pm, free), while other highlights include councillors Anne Rendall and Lynne Short asking why only one in three councillors are women (Mar 5, 14 City Square, 4.30pm, free), a presentation of the V&A’s female design champions (Mar 6, Menzieshill Community Centre, 6.30pm, free) and Nobody Looks Good In The Apocalypse, a comedy and discussion event “dealing with all things feminist” by Erin May Kelly, pictured above (Mar 14, Door Below, £2).

Festival chair Prue Watson said: “Dundee has quite a history of revolutionary women – women who want to bring about change. Women often campaigned for better conditions in the jute factories, and that was supported a lot by Mary Lily Walker, one of the women featured in the Women Of Discovery Walk.”

The majority of the events are organised by women and women’s groups, rather than the festival. It’s part of the event’s ethos of empowerment, Watson said.

She added: “As well as bringing women together, the festival is a way women can grow in confidence by putting on events.”

The festival, which has run for 12 years, will be supported by the Rosa Woman To Woman Fund, Dundee City Council and Unite the Union.

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