Variety gives festival an edge

Kick It Women's Festival organiser Rebecca Amundsen, of KIND Women, is excited to host the inaugural festival for all women next month.

THE inaugural Kick It Women’s Festival will be held over two weeks next month.

Hosted by KIND Women, event organiser Rebecca Amundsen said the festival was “inclusive of all women”.

The charitable trust KIND Women was established following its successful hosting of former prime minister Helen Clark in 2018 which celebrated 125 years since women in New Zealand won the right to vote.

“The trust is committed to empowering all women, working towards gender equality and serving the interest of women through education, activities and events,” Ms Amundsen said.

About 20 events, from crafting, entertainment, talks and discussions to personal safety and car care would be held at various venues throughout Invercargill, with one in Riverton.

The festival had something for everyone… with plenty of inspiration for women and girls of all ages, Ms Amundsen said.

“We wanted to provide a chance for all women and girls in our community to find something in the festival they could participate in.

“There are opportunities to be inspired, to try something new, to get support and to feel empowered.

“When we talk to women in our community we often find women are interested to know more about women-focused topics such as menopause and their own health and also often a need for opportunities for women to gather together to talk about things that are of interest to them and their own experiences,” Ms Amundsen said.

“The Kick It Women’s Festival provides all these opportunities.”

As well as KIND Women hosting a number of the events, other organisations were also partnering with them to host events including Glass Elevator, CanInspire, South Pole and the Southland Hindi School.Two weeks of variety

The festival will begin on Saturday, August 14, with Personal Safety for Women, as well as Iconic Fragrances at another venue.

On Sunday, the Human Library would be held where real people would be the books.

Not Your Nana’s Knitting, where participants were welcome to come along and learn to knit, would be held on Tuesday, August 17.

Arts of India would be held on Wednesday, August 18, at South Alive’s The Pod in South City.

For those wanting inspiration from “great leaders”, a panel of speakers would be interviewed on Wednesday evening.

Physiotherapist and Yoga teacher Zoe Mortemore would be talking about how to embrace women’s strengths and training with, instead of, against their bodies on Thursday.

For those wanting to gain an understanding of local politics, representation and what it would be like once elected, there would be a talk on Thursday evening.

South Pole Dance were opening its studio for those wanted to “test drive” aerial classes. Four different activities would be offered on the Friday.

Various talks would be given during Saturday, August 21, afternoon, and on Sunday, August 22, participants could Create with CanBead.

Also on the Sunday, there would be Mother-Daughter Empowerment Circles and a Full Moon Women’s Circle would be held on Monday, August 23.

A chance to Sip and Dance would also be held that evening.

Other talks, concerts, Qoya in Riverton, Car Care and the Relaunch of The Awareness Project and Kick It Women’s Festival Celebration were also part of the festival.

  • For more information, go to KIND Women South Facebook page @KINDWomenSouth or email