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Positive Women Inc has never been one to shy away from female empowerment and this HIV Awareness Week is no different. As part of the Puawai Festival – running across multiple events in Auckland from November 27 to December 2 – PWI will be hosting a series of workshops customised to strengthen and liberate the already brave and resilient Female Voice. We will be engaging with anyone who identifies as female in vocal and monologue development workshops that aim to help women express themselves with more oomph in a space devoid of judgement.
Our workshops will run from November 29 to December 2 this year and will be held at the Garnet Station Cafe in Westmere. We have some very accomplished facilitators hosting these workshops, fierce and powerful women who stand out in their fields.
Our first workshop is on November 29 and is called ‘Sex and HIV’, hosted by Louise Bourchier, a renowned sex educator and community development lecturer at Unitec University. She will be talking to us about techniques, desires, wants and safety when it comes to the most basic pleasure of all.
Our second workshop is on November 30 and is called ‘Finding Your Voice’, hosted by Caitlin Smith, one of New Zealand’s top jazz vocalists. Here she will be coaching participants on how to search for our inner voice and give it the inspiration it needs to be expressed beautifully.
Our third workshop is on December 1 and is called ‘Using Your Voice’, hosted once again by Caitlin Smith, aimed to help women effectively express themselves without fear of scrutiny and judgement. Using the techniques they had learned on the previous day, participants (including new arrivals) will share their inner monologues in whichever way they choose.
On Saturday December 2 we will see Renee Liang host a ‘Spoken Word’ workshop from 1pm to 6pm. Renee is a celebrated playwright who has been on a roll in the world of theatre. She will be working on a personal level with all participants on how to best create a heartfelt spoken word piece. After each piece is created it will be shared with all, handing the stage over to the participants.
All our morning/afternoon workshops are FREE for anyone who identifies as female. A light lunch/tea will be provided.
On the evenings of November 30, December 1 and December 2 there will be a Wahine To a show to showcase special verbatim pieces revolving around the stories of three very special women, women who have been affected by HIV in some way. Their stories will be performed by experienced and well-loved actresses who will use their talent and theatre know-how to actively portray their resilient stories.
The evening shows are ticketed events (for a very good cause) and are open for everyone. We promise you stories that will inspire, touch your heart and make you believe in the strength of the female spirit