Sugar and Spice

Join us at LGBT Foundation for our tenth annual celebration of International Women's Day for lesbian and bisexual women!

Sugar & Spice is LGBT Foundation's annual celebration of International Women's Day for lesbian and bisexual women. 

This FREE festival features workshops, discussions, socialising, wellness activities, crafts, food and lots of fun! Attended by over 200 women in 2015, Sugar & Spice 10 will take place on Sat 12th & Sun 13th March 2016. 

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Sugar & Spice takes place at LGBT Foundation, Number 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF. It's a free festival which you can drop into throughout the weekend, but we do have space limits so please reserve your ticket in advance. A couple of sessions also require pre-booking - these are detailed below.

Our theme for our tenth annual event is 'Women Out Loud' and we'll be celebrating women making their voices heard across the weekend. We'll also be asking you to share your favourite inspirational tracks for our 'Women Out Loud' playlist.

Sugar & Spice welcomes anyone who self-identifies as a woman some or all of the time and is lesbian, bisexual or questioning their sexual orientation. This includes non-binary or gender-fluid people who want to access a women's space.

Schedule for Saturday 12th March  

Unless otherwise specified, places will be allocated on the day on a first come, first served basis to ticket holders. 

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12pm onwards Sugar & Spice opens. 

Drop into our cafe space throughout the afternoon for free food, free refreshments, badge-making, manicures from Nail Transphobia and to meet and chat with others. Free massages also available on a first come, first served basis. Choose to come for the whole afternoon or drop in for specific sessions

1-1.45pm Getting Started in Activism - A Practical Guide to Making Your Voice Heard

Want to make your voice heard about sexism, lesbophobia, biphobia or any other issue? Steph Pike will facilitate this practical introduction to grassroots activism will give you some top tips to get started on the road to effecting change! 

1-1.45pm African drumming session

Always a Sugar & Spice favourite, our African drumming workshop is returning by popular demand! Paul will teach you the basics of djembe drumming and you'll then feel the rhythm as you drum in a circle with other women. 

2-2.45pm Staying Safe and Defusing Tension – Conflict Resolution Workshop  

None of us want to put ourselves in danger but too often women are told that the way to stay safe is to stay away! We think there’s a better option – learning to read and defuse situations so you can keep yourself safe. This workshop from Serenity Training was first developed for door staff and helps you to better recognise the more subtle signs that someone is becoming aggravated, and to understand how best to de-escalate situations and avoid risk.  

2-2.45pm Intro to Bellydancing Workshop 

Join Mindy to get your hips swaying and your tummy turning at our introductory belly-dancing workshop. 

3-3.45pm Song Writing Workshop 

Join local singer/song-writer Claire Mooney for a fun workshop where you’ll create your own group song. No song-writing or singing experience required but enthusiasm essential !

3-3.45pm Laugh Yourself Better with Laughology

Laughologist Kerry Leigh will have you laughing your LGBT socks off in this session introducing you to Laughter Yoga and the Laughology thinking model. No need to be flexible, just bring a pair of lungs!  

4-4.45pm Henna Hand Decoration 

Hina from Henna Manchester will teach you how to decorate your skin with beautiful temporary henna designs. 

4-4.45pm Make New Friends Fast! Speed Networking session 

Want to make some new connections at Sugar & Spice? This session is the one for you! Over the course of 45 minutes you’ll get chatting to lots of different people at our speed networking session. 

5-6.30pm The Tunes That Matter – Inspirational Women Share the Songs They Love  

We round off the first day of Sugar & Spice with a ‘Desert Island Discs’ inspired discussion event, where our panel of inspirational lesbian and bisexual women will be sharing stories about the songs they love. We'll also be asking you to share the music that inspires you so we can create a Sugar & Spice playlist. 

6.30pm Sugar & Spice closes

Join us for drinks at On Bar, 46 Canal St, Manchester M1 3WD 


Schedule for Sunday 13th March 

Unless otherwise specified, places will be allocated on the day on a first come, first served basis to ticket holders. 

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10.30 This Girl Can! Sunday Jog for Women Who Don’t Run 

Sarah Evans, the woman behind the fabulous Run Like A Fat Girl blog, invites you to join her for a Sunday morning introduction to running. This half hour session will be a mixture of walking and running and is suitable for all levels of fitness but will take place around the Canal Street area so may not be suitable for people with mobility problems. You won't need fancy running gear but wear trainers and clothes you can easily move in. After the jog we’ll be heading back to LGBT Foundation for a well-earned brunch. PLACES LIMITED & SHOULD BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE - CLICK HERE TO BOOK

11am onwards Sugar & Spice opens Drop into our cafe space throughout the afternoon for free refreshments, crafts and to meet and chat with others. Choose to come for the whole afternoon or drop in for specific sessions.
11am-12pm Networking Brunch  Join other women for a relaxed networking brunch – free pastries, toast, tea and coffee! 
11.30am-1.30pm ‘Up Then Brave Women!’ Manchester’s Radical Women History Walk

This walk will look at the role of women in Manchester’s radical movements including the Owenite feminists, Socialist women, women writers on the Manchester Guardian, Mrs Gaskell, the Manchester Society of Women Artists and women at Peterloo. It will also explore the history of some local lesbian women, including activist couple Esther Roper and Eva Gore-Booth (who lived and campaigned in Manchester in the early 1900s) and Margaret Roff, Manchester’s first out lesbian councillor. PLACES LIMITED & SHOULD BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE - CLICK HERE TO BOOK

12-1pm Parents & Prospective Parents Meet-up  Are you a parent? Or just thinking about becoming one? Come along to our family friendly café space for an informal get-together with other families and their children. Colouring books and snacks will be provided for little ones (along with tea and biscuits for the adults!) NO NEED TO BOOK – JUST TURN UP
12-2pm Film screening: ‘Itty Bitty Titty Committee’  Anna is a young lesbian high school graduate who still lives with her parents, and works as a receptionist in a plastic surgeon's office. She embarks on a wild ride when she hooks up with a cadre of ultra-radical feminist lesbians hell-bent on raising hell
1-3pm Amazing Zines Workshop  Join Cherry Styles (who runs the Chapess zine, Synchronise Witches press and is 1/4 of Salford Zine Library) for a fun, practical workshop on zine making during which you’ll help make a Sugar & Spice zine. Feel free to bring old magazines and cuttings with you to use. 
1.30-3.30pm Be A Youtube Star! Movie Making Workshop   Join local film-maker Sophie Broadgate for an interactive workshop exploring how to make your own short films. 
2-3.30pm Film screening: Nina's Heavenly Delights  A surprising love story where Scottish humour meets Bollywood spectacle! Having left home under a cloud after a row with her father, Nina is forced to return when he suddently dies. Her return reunites her with her childhood friend Bobbi, a wannabe Bollywood drag queen and brings her face to face with Lisa, a charismatic young woman who now owns half the restaurant.Then Nina discovers her father’s secret – The New Taj has been selected for The Best of the West Curry Competition. In the turbulent days that follow, Nina (helped by Lisa) embarks on a personal mission to win the trophy for the third time. But Nina's feelings are thrown into turmoil when she realises that she is falling in love. Can her feelings ever be reciprocated? And, if they are, what will this mean for Nina and her family? 
3.30-5.30pm Live music  Join us for an afternoon of live music, vinyl DJs and a celebration of the the inspiring messages female singer songwriters portray through their lyrics.   

Throughout the weekend

Throughout the Sugar & Spice weekend we'll be offering craft activities as well as free refreshments in our cafe space. We'll also be encouraging you to contribute to the Sugar & Spice playlist of the tunes you love from women out loud!

We aim to make Sugar & Spice accessible to all. If you have any access requirements please email: as soon as possible so we can accommodate these. 

Look out for us on social media #sugarandspice10

Thank you to our sponsors below, for supporting the event:

8th Day Unicorn Grocery Dulcet Sounds
Transport for Manchester Think differently

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