Shameless!

Shameless! Festival of Activism against Sexual Violence is a one-day event bringing together academia, activism and art to confront and change attitudes towards sexual violence, share ideas, and imagine a rape free world.

Join us at the first ever Shameless! Festival, a one-day event bringing together activism and art to confront and change attitudes towards sexual violence, share ideas, and imagine a rape free world.

Created in collaboration by The SHaME project and WOW – Women of the World, Shameless! will feature talks by high profile speakers, survivors, researchers and medical professionals, alongside performances by incredible artists, poets and musicians, as well as interactive workshops, ‘how to’ clinics and wellness spaces.

Everyone is invited to join this vital festival to spark conversation, address the global crisis of sexual violence (in all of its forms) and help get rid of the shame often attached to it. Be part of the first festival of its kind to revolutionise conversations around sexual violence; burst open inherited ideas of shame; and give everyone the chance to say to all societies, enough is enough, sexual violence must end.

Festival goers will be able to explore and choose from a variety of workshops, talks, performances and more on the day. There will be pop ups, a marketplace, support on site for whoever needs it, and the chance to connect with experts working to end sexual violence.

This year’s Shameless! Festival events include:

BSL interpreting and/or Captioning will be available for all events.

Shameless! Festival is produced by SHaME and WOW – Women of the World, and is supported by The Wellcome Trust and Birkbeck, University of London.

Latest News

Catch up on the latest Shameless! Festival news and announcements here, including which major London venue the festival will take place in, how to get involved wherever you are in the globe and an alert to get your tickets in September.

The Shameless! Podcast: Voices From the Festival

SHaME team members Dr George Severs and Dr Rhian Keyse have created a series of podcasts in which they speak to contributors from the 2021 Shameless! Festival about their work, their reflections on the festival, and their insights on creating a rape-free world.

You can find out more and listen to The Shameless! Podcast: Voices From the Festival series on the SHaME blog.

Healing Hearts: A poetry film presented at the Shameless! Festival

Healing Hearts is a short film of poetry created by a young women’s group from The Lighthouse Service in North London, filmmaker Sunnah Khan, Clinical Psychologists Dr Anna Churcher Clarke and Dr Isabella Girling, and Assistant Psychologist George Yerbury. The film was presented at the Shameless! Festival along with a panel discussion covering the background of the project, how the collaboration between the psychology team, young people and filmmaker developed, and the role of creative arts in supporting recovery from sexual violence.

We invite you to read more about the creative writing workshops and watch the Healing Hearts film on the SHaME blog.

A Place for Anger: An Interactive Space for Survivors at the Shameless! Festival

SHaME team members Adeline Moussion and Emma Yapp share their experiences of designing and facilitating the ‘Unpopular Opinions Workshop’ at the Shameless! Festival. The workshop provided a space for survivors to express their anger and frustrations, while challenging institutional and societal expectations of victimhood and survivorship

You can find out more about Adeline and Emma’s workshop on the SHaME blog.

‘History Investigators’: An Interactive Workshop on the History of Resistance to Sexual Violence at the Shameless! Festival

SHaME team member Dr Ruth Beecher gives an overview of her Shameless! Festival workshop, History Investigators, an interactive session that invited festival goers to delve into the fact, myth, folklore and personal histories in order to build a timeline of resistance to sexual violence.

You can read all about Ruth’s workshop on the SHaME blog.

‘Words from an “Unideal” Victim’

Scholar, writer, artist, expert on body politics and speaker at the Shameless! Festival, Mary Morgan has written a blog for SHaME about rape myths, stereotypes about the ‘ideal victim’ and how these harmful ideas shape outcomes for survivors of sexual violence in their pursuit of justice.

You can read Mary’s thoughtful piece, ‘Words from an “Unideal” victim’ on the SHaME blog.

Shameless! Festival Code of Conduct

The SHaME Project and WOW are excited to share our bespoke Code of Conduct, created for the first ever Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence, which took place at the Battersea Arts Centre in London on 27 November 2021.

The SHaME and WOW teams, along with specialist organisations, worked together to make the Shameless! Festival a space of safety, dignity and respect. This included creating a Code of Conduct specifically designed for the festival. We encourage you to check out our Shameless! Festival 2021 Code of Conduct to see how we supported survivors, attendees, speakers and staff on the day and beyond.

Shameless! Festival Toolkit

As part of the Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence, The SHaME Project and WOW worked together to create a special Shameless! Festival Toolkit with resources, books to read and actions to take.

Whether you attended the festival or not, we encourage you to check out the Shameless! Toolkit on the SHaME Blog and the WOW website to find out what you can do to help create a rape-free world.

Shameless! Festival Programme

The SHaME Project and WOW are excited to share the official programme for the first ever Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence, which took place at the Battersea Arts Centre in London on 27 November 2021.

The festival featured artists, activists, and scholars covering issues including the normalisation of sexual violence, rape myths, consent, everyday triggers, and survival. If you missed the festival, or if you joined us but want to revisit the day, please feel free to browse the Shameless! Festival 2021 Brochure.

Safeguarding the Shameless! Festival: Lessons from a Transformative Process

SHaME team member Allison McKibban gives a behind-the-scenes look at her own experience in one aspect of planning the Shameless! Festival. She explains how safeguarding training not only helped her prepare for the festival, but also transformed her ways of thinking around survivorship and the intricacies of creating safer spaces.

You can read more about Allison’s experience as well as The SHaME Project and WOW‘s approach to safeguarding on full schedule on the SHaME blog.

Shameless! Festival Schedule

The SHaME Project and WOW are excited to share the schedule for the first ever Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence at the Battersea Arts Centre on 27 November 2021.

The festival schedule features artists, activists, and scholars covering issues including the normalisation of sexual violence, rape myths, consent, everyday triggers, and survival. You can check out the full schedule on the SHaME blog and the WOW website.

Poetic Unity - A 'Safe Space' Poetry Hour: Shameless! Festival

The SHaME Project and WOW – Women of the World are thrilled to host Poetic Unity for ‘Safe Space’, an evening of poetry and spoken word confronting attitudes towards sexual violence and advocating for a safer world for women and girls. The event will feature four amazing poets; rising musician from Myanmar Phe Phe; spoken word artist and facilitator Jayda David; actress, writer and spoken word artist Demii Walker and West London poet Reya Saint.

This is a free, drop-in event taking place at the Battersea Arts Centre on 27 November 2021 from 6.00-7.00PM. No tickets needed! For more information, check our events page.

An official invitation to Shameless! from SHaME’s Joanna Bourke

Professor Joanna Bourke offers a warm invitation to the Shameless! Festival on November 27th at Battersea Arts Centre. The event will bring together artists, activists, and scholars in a powerful and uplifting day of programming to confront the global crisis of sexual violence.

You can watch Joanna’s welcome message on the SHaME blog.

SHaME’s Joanna Bourke interviews Dr Maryyum Mehmood ahead of the Shameless! Festival

Professor Joanna Bourke interviews academic and activist Dr Maryyum Mehmood ahead of her appearance at the Shameless! Festival. They discuss Dr Mehmood’s campaigns to empower women that combine the forces of academia and grassroots activism.

You can read the interview on the SHaME blog.

Shameless! Festival Further Line-Up Announced

The SHaME Project and WOW are excited to announce more amazing speakers and creators joining us for the Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence at the Battersea Arts Centre on November 27th.

We’ve brought in amazing artists, advocates, scholars, activists, health and wellness practitioners, and survivors for panels, workshops, and performances that will stimulate important conversations on sexual violence, but also provide spaces for healing, laughter, and hope. Check out all the new additions to the festival here!

Shameless! Festival Reception Launch

The SHaME Project, along with WOW, were delighted to launch the Shameless! Festival on Wednesday 27 October, at a reception hosted at the Wellcome Collection. We were thrilled to hear from HRH the Duchess of Cornwall who spoke inspiringly about building a rape-free world. You can read more about the reception on our SHaME blog.

Tickets are now on sale for the Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence at the Battersea Arts Centre on 27 November 2021. You can find them HERE.

Tickets are going on sale!

Tickets are now on sale for the Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence on 27 November 2021. You can find them HERE.

We are also thrilled to announce that the festival will be taking place at the Battersea Arts Centre in Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN. There will be a full programme of events, talks, workshops, and creative happenings. You can find out more on the SHaME Events Page, SHaME blog and the WOW website.

Date announced for Shameless! Festival

On 18 August 2021, we were thrilled to announce that the first ever Shameless! Festival will take place on 27 November 2021. You can read more about this exciting announcement on the SHaME blog and the WOW website.

We’re looking forward to announcing which major London venue the festival will take place in, as well as sharing the Shameless! Festival programme, in the coming weeks, so please watch this space!

CFP for Shameless! festival

In June 2021, we released a Call for Proposals seeking public engagement activities from academics working in collaboration with artists, activists, survivors, practitioners and others working on sexual violence from a medical or psychiatric perspective. You can find out more and read the CFP on the SHaME blog.

We’re looking forward to sharing the Shameless! Festival programme in the coming weeks, so please watch this space!

Funding announced for Shameless! festival

In July 2020, we were thrilled to announce that we had been awarded a ‘Research Enrichment – Public Engagement’ award from the Wellcome Trust to co-produce a series of Shameless! Festivals of Activism Against Sexual Violence with The WOW Foundation.

You read more about the announcement and our enthusiasm about this ground-breaking collaboration on the SHaME blog and WOW’s website.