CELEBRATING talented women from all over Southend, the All Women Festival is set to be an extravaganza of an event.

To mark International Women’s Day the festival will take place at Twenty-One Southend on Western Esplanade on Thursday 10 March.

Cleo Lane, the co-founder of the event, runs community choirs and singing groups in the area and is a member of the band The Ondines.

The Curious Club, a creative events organisation run by The Ondines, have joined forces with Jo Melville of The South Essex African Caribbean Association (SEACA) to create a diverse and exciting roster of talent to entertain and inspire. 

“International Women’s Day is important because it is a day to celebrate the creative talent in Southend,” said Cleo.

“We want it to be inclusive and diverse and bring women to the forefront. Audiences might not otherwise get the chance to see their work. Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the festival!”


Echo: Festival launch - co-founder Cleo LaneFestival launch - co-founder Cleo Lane


There will be poetry from Carrissa Baxter and Trigger Bliss, music from The South African Choir, Steel Pan Band, Caitlin King, M1SF1T and The Ondines.

Visitors can enjoy thought-provoking talks from Blown Fuse and E15, stories, comedy and Dj- Sets from Stevie B and Fanny Von T.

Talented 16-year-old Carrissa will showcase her spoken word artistry, music from SEACA, M1sF1T, poet June Lambert, plus many more.


Echo: Talented - 16-year-old Carrissa Baxter will perform at the festival.Talented - 16-year-old Carrissa Baxter will perform at the festival.


Funds from ticket sales are going to Safesteps (formerly the Dove Project).

“We want this to be the beginning of something, we would like to create a legacy and something we can build on each year. We want to include more and more women within the event,” says Cleo, who runs the Feel good Choir at the Leigh Community Centre and Mudlarks at St Mark’s Church.

“We are not trying to sell people anything or push anything on people, this purely a celebration of talented women, something positive and uplifting.”

There will be a bar and food available to buy. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5. Book Now to avoid disappointment at

www.wegottickets.com/event/538665#YgUW0WPC37Q.link. There will be some tickets available on the door.

Search ‘All Women Festival Twenty-One Southend’ on Facebook for details.