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As International Women’s Day (Thursday 8th March) approaches, the North East pays homage with a cornucopia of inspirational activity.

When it comes to female-led music we are spoilt for choice. Celebrating IWD for a long weekend (Thursday 8th until Sunday 11th) The Cumberland Arms present live music, a film screening and Q&A of Asunder and stand-up courtesy of Mr Shindig’s Comedy Emporium. On the day itself there’s much to enjoy: The Bridge Hotel bring cabaret from Katie Smith, Fanny Bleach, Sowersprouts and many more, raising money for Rape Crisis; local promoters Spotlight live up to their reputation at Sunderland’s Independent with Twist Helix, Human X, Chain the Phoenix and Eve Simpson performing; and rumour has it that secret gig fanatics Sofar Sounds Newcastle are also putting on something a bit special.

The Violets showcase at Cobalt (Tuesday 27th February-Sunday 4th March) displays diverse talent across the board, while Hear Her Roar (Saturday 10th) at North Shields’ The Exchange applauds women’s writing and performance. In Darlington, Tracks’ Noisy Daughters is a full day celebration of women in music (Saturday 3rd) with workshops, panels and performances at Hullabaloo Theatre.

Film wise, Tyneside Cinema present their IWD series (until Thursday 8th) showing films about women creating change, both in front of and behind the camera. The Young Women’s Film Academy will present the Festival of Women’s Film in the North East (Saturday 10th) at The Good Space in Commercial Union House.

Enjoy a glorious IWD Night Market at Kommunity (Friday 9th); Fuse North East’s multi-art form event CAKE 18 (Thursday 8th) is a platform for some of the region’s most innovative women at Teesside University; while visual art exhibition WO/ at Vane Gallery (Friday 9th-Saturday 24th) explores themes of the feminine experience, identity and expectations. Bar Loco’s System Art Gallery gives us Love, an exhibition by female illustrators (Thursday 15th) and the ongoing project Women Artists of the North East Library continues at The Northern Charter, Commercial Union House.

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