The Lismore Women’s Festival is
a joyful and inclusive event showcasing
local women - connecting and empowering them to share and celebrate their stories,
businesses, activities, lives, dreams, passions, wisdom and learnings ...

Lismore Women's Festival  |  YWCA Australia NNSW  |  101a Rous Rd, Goonellabah NSW 2480  |  ph 0490 437 376 |

Celebrate International Women's Day on Sunday 8th March at Lismore City Hall. 


"I am so proud Lismore has a

Women’s Festival and imagine it will

continue to grow in the years ahead.  I’m proud to be

a part of it and hope there will be more opportunities for building partnerships to ensure the Festival continues to grow and flourish."(Event Host comment)

Celebrate - Inspire - Connect

Announcement of 2020 Festival!

The program is out!  See what’s on for this year’s Lismore Women’s Festival! This will be the fourth annual Lismore Women’s Festival, proudly presented by YWCA Australia.


Singer-songwriter Essie Thomas will be headlining this year’s Lismore Women’s Festival, proudly presented by YWCA Australia. Essie has played at Splendour in the Grass, Woodford Folk Festival and Earth Frequency Festival and is set to make a home stop after touring in the USA and Canada for the past year.

“I’m pretty stoked to be a part of this year’s Lismore Women’s Festival line up.” Ms Thomas says. “I grew up in the Northern Rivers and after being away for some time it really will be like coming home”


Other activities and performances that will be presented as part of the Lismore Women’s Festival include a burlesque workshop by Imogen Kelly, named the World Queen of Burlesque in 2012. The Roar Women’s Music Festival (Friday 6 March), She-Rated Cabaret (Saturday 7 March) and Fabulous, Funny and Female Comedy Show (Sunday 8 March) will all be part of the Lismore Women’s Festival.


Festival Coordinator Emma Newman says, “We are looking forward to settling into Lismore City Hall for three days, where women can go from workshop to workshop: listening, debating, writing, relaxing, dancing and laughing their heads off! Women can also join a women’s choir, organized by Northern Rivers Conservatorium.


The biggest gathering will be on Sunday 8 March, International Women’s Day, outside on the lawn at Lismore City Hall with a Welcome to Country ceremony, followed by Young Women on the Mic. People can enjoy music, food, talks, a feminist panel and browse a wide range of stalls on the day – all in the spirit of empowering women.


“There are a whole range of topics, such as growing trees, intercultural awareness, performance, environment, music, feminism, health, communication and comedy. Please look to find something for you and book ahead if you can,” says Ms. Newman.


The 2020 Lismore Women’s Festival Program can be found at and on facebook.


YWCA Australia is also looking for volunteers and young women to be part of the Youth Tent. “It’s always fun to be part of the team at a festival, and there’ll be a variety of ways to help out and hang out!” Please contact Ms. Newman on 0490 437 376.

If you or your organisation would like to become a sponsor big or small, please ask for a sponsorship package by emailing

Applications open for stalls & activities for

International Women’s Day

Sunday 8 March 2020

Be part of the Lismore Women’s Festival International Women’s Day celebrations!! This will be an outdoor (weather permitting) large gathering at Lismore City Hall. 

We are looking for interactive stalls, performers, art installations, speakers and volunteers across generations, identity, ability and culture.


To propose an activity, please fill out an expression of interest at:

due 20 January 2020.


All  enquiries welcome: or 0490 437 376

THANK YOU Festival Supporters 2020!

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