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International Women's Fair - Spitalfields

Event preview

THIS YEAR, the International Women’s Fair, which celebrates International Women’s Day, will be held at Spitalfields Traders Market on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Visitors will find a wonderful collection of creative women – artists exhibiting paintings and photography, handmade crafts, books, fashion designers, music, poetry, participatory workshops, fabulous food and great entertainment.

Stalls include London’s history recycled: jewellery created from fragments and clay pipes found along the River Thames, Fair-trade crafts from Ghana, recycled bottle tops, vegan chocolates, vintage clothing, aloe vera and bee pollen products, bean cakes (moi moi) and plantain doughnuts (milou)…

…Fair Isle berets, Shetland lace and flower brooches, children’s books and CDs, African textiles, clothing, handmade fashion accessories and soft furnishings, ceramics, tropical cakes, acupressure chair massage, handmade Mexican scarves, Columbian jewellery, photographs, 1920s style hats…

…Vietnamese handicrafts, teacup candles, haberdashery, screen prints and tea towels, Poetry in Wood, Action Village India, Tower Hamlets Fostering and Adoption, Havering College, The Women’s Library and information from women’s campaign groups and services including Housing for Women, Womankind Worldwide and East End Women’s Institute.

Great entertainment will be provided by the LIPS Choir, Rosie Wilby comedy storyteller, Missbee Made Jazz singer/songwriter, Isley Lynn performance poet and the Blitz ballroom dancers.

There will also be free tours of the Women’s Library to see highlights of the collections and the current All Work and Low Pay exhibition will take place at 12noon and 2.30pm.

The Spitalfields Traders Market is covered by a glass roof and surrounded by busy restaurants and cafes opening out onto the market square producing a lively, sociable environment in which to enjoy the International Women’s Fair.

For more information contact alternative arts on 020 7375 0441, by e-mailing or online at

The International Women’s Fair is supported by Tower Hamlets Council, Spitalfields, YELP and Alternative Arts.

Admission: Free.

Times: 10am to 5pm.

Spitalfields Traders Market, Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA