Festival all about women
IT'S a real struggle being a woman, according to comedian Mandy Nolan, who will host the Whole Woman Festival Comedy and Arts Fundraising Dinner at Casuarina next week.
Ms Nolan, who has lived in Byron Bay for 15 years, said building positive relationships and inspiring women is just one of the features of the festival, now in its third year, held annually to celebrate International Women's Day.
"Bringing awareness to the struggle of being a woman is just one aspect of the event," she said.
"Local women are able to hook up with others in the area and maximise the good we can do in our own life having a happy life."
Ms Nolan said women often forgot just how far we had come in a short space of time.
"It wasn't that long ago that there was no singlemother's pension and unequal pays, and while that still exists, women in general have come a long way.
"The Whole Woman Festival has lots of benefits including networking opportunities, information sharing, mentoring and really just an inspirational time which is very constructive."
Whole Woman Festival codirector Tania Usher said last year's fundraising dinner was a sell-out and tickets were selling fast to this year's event.
"Guests will enjoy a threecourse dinner, live music, stand-up comedy, outstanding artwork donated by 30 artists and cocktail specials," she said.
"It is great to see so many people coming together to support the vulnerable members of their community. It is the essence of International Women's Day when women around the globe strive to make the world a kinder place for us all."
Whole Woman Festival kicks off this Saturday (March 5) with the Women Planting Seeds of Change Forum at Coolangatta-Tweed Heads Golf Club from 10am to 4pm (DST). Entry is $30.
Mind, Body and Soul Workshops will be held on March 7 and 8 at the Burleigh Women's Business Centre.
The Comedy and Arts Fundraising Dinner at the Casuarina Sandbar and Grill will close the festival on March 12. Tickets are $50.
Money raised goes to supporting young homeless women through the Whole Woman Life Education Fund, a joint initiative with St Joseph's Community Centre.
Bookings to Tania Usher on 0424 604 028 or firstname.lastname@example.org