Hear Me Roar 2016: Ages, Stages, Phases

Hear Me Roar 2016: Ages, Stages, Phases


Hear Me Roar is a festival of feminist arts set to happen in Lancaster in March 2016.

Piloted in 2015 through Lancaster Arts City’s First Friday programme, the festival brought together 40 artists, 150 participants and 1,000 audience members over the course of a weekend.

In 2016, Hear Me Roar is due to start on International Women’s Day and conclude on 13th March.

We believe that at this moment in time a contemporary feminist arts festival, bringing together diverse communities and ideas, provides a powerful platform to instigate positive social change by promoting intergenerational dialogue understanding and cooperation, between feminists past, present and future.

The theme for Hear Me Roar in 2016 will be Ages, Stages, Phases. This curatorial strategy embraces feminism as a plural movement, recognising that challenges around gender equality differ through time, both in the historical sense, and for different age groups but acknowledging the possibilities for common ground.

The Hear Me Roar steering committee is committed to championing equal opportunities and celebrating diversity and wishes for this to be reflected in the festival programme. With this in mind, we are now looking for proposals for activities to take place during the festival from anyone who may wish to take part.

We will only be able to directly invest time and resources in a limited number of ideas (subject to fundraising outcomes), but will be keen to support a wide range of self-produced or “fringe” activity.

To submit a proposal, please send the information below on no more than 2 sides of A4 to Leo Burtin, leo@making-room.co.uk by 12noon 23rd November.


  • Your name and contact information (please include a telephone number)
  • Your organisation details, if applicable (please include a website)
  • A clear description of what your activity is, including the kind of space it might require and any relevant technical information
  • Who you think your activity might be suitable for
  • How your activity would benefit from being presented in the context of a feminist arts festival exploring Ages, Stages, Phases/is relevant to this context
  • What support you would require to make this idea happen
  • Any information, such as links, about your work or previous projects you have been involved with

For more information about the 2015 pilot edition of the festival, you can visit the following links:

Exeunt Article by Maddy Costa, Jake Orr & Leo Burtin

Festival brochure

Introduction blog

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