Back by popular demand, Busan V-Day presents Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues this March 25th and 26th. Tackling the issue of violence against women head-on, with a mixture of music, dance, spoken word and passion, V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls all around the world. This year, Busan V-Day and One Billion Rising Busan, in association with NGO We-Hope Busan, organized a collection of inspiring and creative events to raise awareness, raise money and strengthen the movement of anti-violence.
The Vagina Monologues, a collection of stories collected from real women, and performed by anyone who lives life as a woman, is one of Eve Ensler’s most inspired works. The Vagina Monologues has helped raise awareness around the world in the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.
Busan-based volunteers have taken on the mammoth task of a month-long extravaganza of music, light and love, to fight for equal rights on a global scale. The Vagina Monologues performances will round off this year’s events on the 25th of March at Vinyl underground in Kyungsung University, and at Gorilla Brewing Co.’s brand new venue in Gwangan on the 26th. Other events in the line-up have included PVJ Arts Jam, One Billion Rising Dance performance, Exotic Beasts Art Exhibition and the Bussy Riot Rock’n’Roll night.
This will mark the 8th year since the first performance of TVM in Busan, and this year the girls will have a very special guest to kick off the Saturday performance; Pascale Sutherland, global activist and women’s rights advocate will address the audience. Co-directors Cinthia Nava and Hyung Jung Oh will lead a cast of 20 inspiring and powerful women as they re-tell stories of what it means to be a woman, exploring issues of violence, sexual slavery and oppression, as well as overcoming fears and breaking taboos. There will be tears, there will be moments of outrage, and plenty laughs.
Unlike previous years, this year’s performance will include Korean and English subtitles, as well as pieces being performed in Korean, English, Farsi and a few more surprises thrown into the mix. The cast is made up of women from all over the world, together raising their voices to spread the word of anti-violence and anti-oppression.
Get inspired, get involved, and get your butts to see the 2017 The Vagina Monologues in Busan.
Tickets are on sale now for 10,000 won in advance or 15,000 won at the door.