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Womens Voices from the Red Tent

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The myriad of unspoken experiences in a woman’s life is the focus for the North Coast film premiere of Things We Don’t Talk About: Women’s Voices from the Red Tent screening at Federal Hall on Sunday 18 November.

As part of this mini-event organised by the biennial Red Tent Festival, An Afternoon in the Red Tent will also feature a post-film discussion on Celebrating Womanhood with Moana Pearl, The Red Tent Festival Choir and Belly Dancing.

The groundbreaking film by award-winning filmmaker Isadora Gabriella Leidenfrost PhD,  explores ‘the Red Tent’ movement occurring all over the world where women of all ages and experiences are invited into a real or symbolic Red Tent as a place of empowerment, nurturing and healing through sharing their unique feminine experiences.

Event organiser Sally Cusack says, “The afternoon itself is aimed to provide a beautiful space for all women to enjoy ritual, film, discussion, dancing, delicious snacks and lots of sharing with women in a nurturing and supportive environment”.

The second Red Tent Festival held in March earlier this year under the auspice of the Northern Rivers Maternity Coalition, saw more than 400 women come together in a day and evening of workshops focussed on women’s cycles,  birth and mothering, as well as basket weaving, pampering, film, dance and song.

“This year’s festival was a huge success and An Afternoon in the Red Tent has very much come from the demand we constantly receive from women for another event like this before the next big festival in 2014. We’re calling it a mini-red tent event”, says Sally.

As with the festival itself, all funds raised from the afternoon will be used to support local maternity services and women’s support groups.

An Afternoon in the Red Tent starts at 1pm on November 18 and costs $20/$15 (Women 15 to 18 years free). The film is rated M and women from 15 years onwards and babes in arms are welcome. For more information or