The WØMB Symposium 2018: a celebration of International Women’s Day!
SAE Institute Berlin celebrated International Women’s Day earlier this month with The WØMB Symposium - a day jam-packed with talks, masterclasses, workshops, an art exhibition and a panel, predominately led by women, who were all experts in their fields. There were around 100 guests and speakers throughout the day and into the evening, with the 9 sessions providing much food for thought and opportunities to meet likeminded creatives and entrepreneurs. The crowd included artists, audio technicians, musicians, writers, filmmakers, DJs, label managers, curators, dancers and even an opera singer, to name a few!
The day opened with a welcome and introduction from the founders of the event, SAE Audio Engineering student Klaudia Domurat and author / filmmaker / former ICI Berlin Fellow Siouxzi Connor, along with a welcome from Anat Gilad from SAE and Victoria Kuo from The WØMB.
The intense all-day Symposium featured the following sessions: a masterclass for Arts Professionals from Maria Veie Sandvik, an electronic music production workshop with Sofia Melero from Ableton, Free and Open Source Music Tools with Peter Kirn (label manager, technologist and journalist), a DIY cabling and soldering workshop with Bridget Ferrill from Common Ground, a masterclass on Creative Entrepreneurship from Natalie MacMahon and Lara Celenza (Female Filmmakers Film Festival), a roundtable networking session with a diverse, creative group of participants, and a talk from Deniz Celik (Beatport) on running your own independent record label.
To close, the organisers then led a dynamic panel discussion with DJs and activists Kaltes and Ena Lind on supportive groups and community building in Berlin for female-identifying and non-binary creatives. Throughout the Symposium, Emma Hursey’s exhibition ‘Contrary to what is agreeable’ was viewable in the Foyer, addressing issues around gender equality in the creative industries.
After the panel, and plenty of conversation in the kitchen, those with some brain-space left headed up the road to IPSE where electronic music workshops continued with Alex Zinn on MODEL1, and then everyone took to the dance floor for the afterparty - a cooperation between The WØMB and renowned Japanese DJ Hito’s party OTO!
Some impressions from the event can be found here.
We’re looking forward to the next Symposium by The WØMB at SAE Berlin in August - see you there!