Te Manawa has teamed up with the Zest music festival to host a range of activities, art displays and stalls to mark International Women's Day today.
Event co-ordinator Michelle Gould said the musical aspect of the day was split in two, with women musicians showcasing their talents in keeping with International Women's Day from 12pm to 2pm.
Acts include Shiloh, Diamond Sutra, Jennifer Moss, Amelia and the Other Stuff and Nostromo.
The rest of the Zest festival would go on from 2pm to about 4pm, she said.
"In terms of International Women's Day, we have a range of stalls by local women sharing their own experience, stories, products, services, and what they can show to the Manawatu."
The stalls, which reflected the overall theme - inspiring change and encouraging advocacy for the advancement of women - would include an iwi group focusing on domestic violence, Te Manawa acting marketing and communications manager Te Ao Pritchard said.
The group included Highbury artist Hannah Tawhai, who would share her art and poetry.
In many ways, the day would be a celebration of the versatility of women.
"It's really highlighting the talents of women, that we're not limited to one job title or one role," Ms Pritchard said.
Guest speakers would talk for five to 10 minutes, followed by a panel discussion aimed at inspiring women.
She said people often heard from women in business and politics, but "it is sometimes easy to forget that everyday women from the community are inspiring, so we want to cover that".
- Manawatu Standard
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