Lass Fest is returning to GRUB from 8th to 12th March 2023 with a full week of events to celebrate International Women’s Day! The festival will celebrate amazing women in Manchester and beyond, with an overarching theme of supporting and promoting feminist founders and female-owned businesses. Guests can expect food, drinks, music, art, shopping, comedy, spoken word, film and more.
As well as the amazing line-up of Lass Fest events, punters will be able to grab grub from local female-owned street food businesses including Bee Kind Bakery, Desert Island Dumplings, Hoi Polloi Street Kitchen, Nina’s Taco Truck, Seitan’s Kebab and Tiny Beast Bakes.
Wednesday the 8th of March
DUMPLING ROLLING MASTERCLASS WITH DESERT ISLAND DUMPLINGS – 7pm
In this masterclass you will learn to roll your own unique fusion dumplings before taking part in speed-rolling challenges and other fun stuff with Lucy from Desert Island Dumplings. All ingredients and materials will be provided to make your own fried cheezburger dumplings and you can stay at GRUB to eat all the delicious dumplings you make.
Thursday the 9th of March
LONG STORY SHORT – 7pm
This brilliant open-mic storytelling night returns driven by true stories on the specially adapted theme “Family”. An evening of honest entertainment where anything can happen, expect this to be part confessional, part comedic, part therapeutic.
Friday the 10th of March
GIRL POWER DISCO BINGO – 7:30pm
£5 or £22 with bottomless drinks
At Disco Bingo we combine all your favourite bangers with lyric challenges, karaoke, guess the intro, bottomless brunch and classic bingo hall vibes. What’s not to love? For March the theme is “Girl Power” so you can expect to be singing along to all your female icons; Spice Girls fancy dress is optional but encouraged.
Saturday the 11th of March
DANCE LIKE A MOTHER – 11am
Catch the award-winning babywearing dance class for mums & babies as it pops up at GRUB! A super fun and positive way to get active, get lots of bonding time with your baby, dance to awesome tunes and make friends with other parents.
A LOVELY TIME WITH AMY GLEDHILL & FRIENDS – 7pm
Manchester’s coolest comedy night returns to GRUB with a Lass Fest special lineup, including Olga Koch (The Mash Report, Mock The Week), Jen Ives (Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared), Eleri Morgan (BBC Sesh) and Seeta Wrightson (BBC New Comedy Award nominee). As always the show will be hosted by the ever amazing Amy Gledhill who will make sure you all do indeed have, A Lovely Time.
Sunday the 12th of March
FEMINIST FOUNDERS MARKET – 12 noon-6pm
Come and shop from independent makers at this pop-up market! Browse art, clothing, gifts, prints, homewares, cosmetics and more whilst chatting to the inspiring feminist founders of local businesses including The Playful Indian, Bits & Boobs and Crafts By Fenella.
JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS – 7pm
Don your cat ears and join us for a screening of this cult feminist singalong masterpiece in our cosy upstairs cinema, CULTPLEX.