Bringing voices together

Cate Mercer, Trace Balla and Kathryn Coff are looking forward to the International Women's Day celebration planned for Castlemaine. Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb

International Women’s Day will be celebrated in Castlemaine with an evening of live entertainment on Tuesday March 8.

The event is being hosted at the Northern Arts Hotel and will feature plenty of live music with a lineup of talented local musos on the evening’s program that will get started from 7pm.

Those who attend to mark the annual international occasion can also expect to catch some thought-provoking speeches including one from Nalderun CEO, Yorta Yorta woman, Kathryn Coff.

“I will be doing an an Acknowledgement to Country and I want to speak on bringing voices together for International Women’s Day,” Kathryn says ahead of the event which carries the theme ‘Bringing Voices Together’.

“It’s about bringing people together,” says organiser, Castlemaine’s Cate Mercer.

“It’s important for us to have gatherings. We have to connect.

“I want to let our community know that everybody is welcome and invited. It’s a community event.”

Cate says inclusion and acceptance of diversity are central to the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day celebration for which local artist Trace Balla has designed an original artwork themed around Bringing Voices Together.

“We’ll probably have about 10 local performers, who are all women,” Cate says.

“We’ll also have some speakers, and a couple of surprises, and the bar will be operating so we can all raise our glasses together.”

Cate says a nominal door fee will apply with all who get along required to be double vaxxed.

But she says some outdoor seating is also planned to enable those would would prefer to remain outdoors for the event to do so.
“It’s celebrating women and if you think women are worth celebrating we’d like to see you there.”

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.