Join V-Day’s 15th Anniversary: Dance, Rise and Demand an End to Violence Against Women

V-Day Founder Eve Ensler to be special guest at London Rising event on Monday 4TH February

“When we come together on February 14, 2013 to demand an end to violence against women and girls, and it will be a truly global voice that will rise up for this year’s One Billion Rising campaign. Activists throughout the United Kingdom are rising. One Billion Rising coordinators Monique Wilson and Rossana Abueva are rallying women and men in every sector of society and curator and producer of the One Billion Rising UK Arts Festival Nadja Romain has gathered an array of stunning and brilliant visual artists. It’s also of real excitement that MP Stella Creasy is channeling the political arena for real change.” – Eve Ensler, V-Day founder and Playwright

Women and men across the UK will join activists and communities around the globe for ONE BILLION RISING on 14th February 2013, the 15th anniversary and largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

V-Day, founded by Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning author of “The Vagina Monologues,” launched ONE BILLION RISING in early 2012. The campaign is a global 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 those who love them, will rise up on the planet, joining activists, celebrities, writers, thinkers, and artists, to strike, dance, shake the world and shift the energy to empower women and girls and break the cycle of violence.

ONE BILLION RISING UK Coordinator Monique Wilson stated, “We are thrilled to announce over 80 One Billion Rising UK events (and growing!) OBR workshops have given voice to the needs of women and girls in communities around the UK; artistic events in the visual arts, film, poetry, theatre and dance are using the arts as a platform for change and transformation; big dance concerts are bringing together artists and musicians and dancers and annual performances of “The Vagina Monologues” and countless flash mobs are happening in universities, schools, theatres, high streets, town halls and squares all across the country. The UK has always been known for the diversity of the cultures and it is this which makes the UK a fantastic representative for the global campaign. The United Kingdom – from London, Brighton, Sheffield, Lancaster, Liverpool, Cardiff, The Scottish Borders, Bute, Norwich and many others – are coming together on February 14th and RISING to demand an end to violence against women and girls.”

London highlights include:
ONE BILLION RISING UK Art Festival – With art being one of the most powerful forms of communication and vehicles of protest, the inaugural festival, spearheaded by curator and producer and founder of Everything I Want ltd, Nadja Romain will invite artists, poets, playwrights, dancers, performers, art lovers and the public to come together in unity against violence. An impressive programme of exhibitions, performances, talks and screenings will take place across the UK beginning January 22nd through February 14th in various venues, museums and galleries, challenging us to new ways of thinking and motivating us to change. Artists involved include Judy Chicago, Rose Gibbs, Hannah McClure, Mimmo Miccolis and many more. For information on all festival events please visit http://www.obrartfest.co.uk/

LONDON RISING – Eve Ensler will be arriving in London on Monday 4th February to join the UK’s risings against violence and will be hosting LONDON RISING, a one night fundraising theatrical dance party with music, dance, songs and film that celebrates women at Café de Paris. Produced by New Voice Company and ONE BILLION RISING Campaign Directors Monique Wilson and Rossana Abueva the evening will feature Eve Ensler performing her newest piece “Rising,” written in Kerala for the women in India who lead the way. V-Day board member and acclaimed film actress Thandie Newton will perform a special piece called “Over It,” written by Ensler to launch the ONE BILLION RISING Campaign.

The show will also feature Grammy nominated and internationally acclaimed Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar, Zambian Scottish songstress Namvula Rennie, cabaret vocalist Karin Bello and singer Enno-Williams Uffort and the Milestones Motown band. Tickets from £25 can be purchased http://onebillionrising.org/page/event/detail/startarising/w5g

Many events are taking place across the UK as part of the campaign. Find your local event on V-Day’s global campaign website www.onebillionrising.org

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