Sound Women at Sound: Crafty Bitches and Goal Diggers monthly meet up

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As Sound launch a new monthly event for women for 2019, Getintothis’ Cath Holland chats to organiser Katie Pybis.

In January, the first Sound Women takes place and invites women of all ages to be entertained and get involved in activities and meet other like minded women.

The project is the brainchild of Sound’s Katie Pybis.

‘When women get together it’s so powerful,’ she says, but as women get older, ‘you get busier and more selective about who you want to spend time with. So you lose friends along the way, but it’s hard to replenish the stock with like minded (women).’

‘A lot of women who work from home or have young kids, it’s hard,’ she adds.

The inaugural Sound Women in January is split into four parts.

In the morning there is breakfast for women with children.

‘If you’ve got kids, you’re paranoid about them causing a fuss, judgmental people looking at your kids throwing toast about and all that. This is for mothers to get together and breakfast with the kids, to chat,’ says Katie.

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1pm – 3pm is Crafty Bitches, an arts and crafts session.

3pm – 6pm is Sound Women, the main event. Each month has a theme; February’s theme is Creative Women and in March, Women in Business.

January’s theme is Goal Diggers.

‘We’ve got a woman who will talk about how to create a vision board, set goals, and how to incorporate them into your life,’ reveals Katie.

‘Then we’ll have a few different people talking…I don’t want it to be like a cheesy bad day at work, and away day or  team building exercises…but more sitting round the campfire almost for a powwow, if anyone’s got problems they see what people think, having a drink, having a jangle just getting together.’

From 7pm Sound Women features female focused performance, for example women in bands, poets, performers.

Katie actively encourages women to come along on their own, and stresses they will be made welcome.

‘The five of us who organized it are going to be here so we’re going to greet everyone at the door the five of us will sit on separate tables and bring people in and integrate and introduce people. It’s not going to be, “wear a name badge, go and sit over there”. 

‘I hate this Instagram world where everyone’s pretending to have perfect lives, we need to take that barrier down and say, “no, we’re all in the shit, let’s help each other.”’

Participation in Sound Women will be by donation or modest fee.  The first event is on 19 January at Sound on Duke Street.

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