Hijack International Women's Day

Hijack returned to Komedia this year on Sunday 4th March with a one-off event to celebrate International Women's Day.  Jen Brister hosted a jam-packed programme which gave children and their adults the chance to explore gender stereotypes with hands-on creative activities in the hope of starting important conversations.

Alinah Azadeh led a Craftivism for Equality workshop which used symbols and phrases championing gender equality to make bespoke badges using an array of fabrics, threads and letter stamps.  The early childhood project offered a brilliant selection of gender neutral books and toys and skin tone playdough.  Charlie Craggs was there with her pop-up nail salon Nail Transphobia offering free manicures and giving people chance to sit down and chat with a trans person.

Hello-DODO created two original prints 'We Are Human Kind' and 'Born Equal' which the children printed themselves using their Gocco printer.  University of Sussex's child voice project were learning about how the way we speak is affected depending on our gender. The children shared their dance moves and Janene helped them to create an awesome dance routine and DJ Darlo uplifted everyone, playing her inspiring set.

Kitty Wallace led a design your own t-shirt workshop that challenged traditional gendered slogans and will continue creative discussions on the topic in a programme of 12 after-school workshops at Carlton Hill Primary School.

Hijack is co-produced by Quiet Down There and Emily Coleman. The film was created by Morchang Studios.