Scotland's first female First Minister Nicola Sturgeon talks about women in politics and public life at An Lanntair visit

It is with a great deal of pride and excitement that An Lanntair announces it is to host the First Minister, Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, for a talk on women in politics and public life in Scotland.

And the First Minister's visit will launch 'Broad Ways' – a season at An Lanntair specially curated to celebrate International Women's Day.

An Lanntair CEO, Elly Fletcher, said: “I am thrilled the the First Minister has chosen An Lanntair as her first port of call for her visit to the Isle of Lewis on the 6th March.

“Nicola Sturgeon, as the first female First Minister and a strong advocate for equality, is an inspiration for women all over the world. 

“As we launch our season of programming for International Women's Day here at An Lanntair, this is a wonderful chance for us all to hear her take on the importance of and opportunities for women in Scotland today and in the future.”

Tickets for the First Minister's talk are free, but members of the public should book in advance via An Lanntair's website or box office.

The audience is invited to arrive at 8.30am on Monday, March 6th, with last entries at 8.45am.

Coffee, tea and breakfast snacks will be served as the audience settles in to hear the First Minister talk on how women experience work in politics and public life – the hurdles being face and achievements made by women today, and the opportunities she anticipates for the future.

Nicola Sturgeon's speech will launch An Lanntair's new season, Broad Ways, which presents a programme of events in honour of International Women's Day on March 8th.

The season includes work from prominent and talented Scottish artists, like actor and writer Gerda Stevenson, who will read from her new collection about overlooked women from Scottish history and culture on Thursday

One of these is pioneering Orcadian film-making Margaret Tait; and three of Tait's shorts will be shown alongside Gerda's reading – each of them very different and intimate portrait of woman – with live accompaniment from Australian music artist Jess Ipkendanz.

On Friday, March 10th, it's time to celebrate International Women's Day with the ever popular Bevvy Sisters.

Co-founded by Lewis born Heather Macleod, The Bevvy Sisters have won a uniquely distinctive place in audiences' hearts with their radiantly triple-layered vocals and artfully wide-ranging repertoire of vintage, contemporary and original songs ensuring they stand out from the crowd in both style and substance.

The Broad Ways season also brings a selection of wonderful films from international female film-makers to both the An Lanntair main screen and Pocket Cinema.

Wednesday, March 8th, sees a screening of 'She's Beautiful When She's Angry', a documentary celebrating the incredible achievements of the women's liberation movement in the US; and on Saturday, March 11th, it's the turn of 'The Fits', a film following 11 year old Toni as she becomes drawn into the insular and intoxicating world of a group of young dancers.

Party at the Pictures, on Saturday, March 11th, presents 'Desperately Seeking Susan, the 1985 Madonna classic, which will be followed by a live DJ club night featuring some of the best music by female artists late into the night.

And throughout March, An Lanntair's Pocket Cinema features films 'Clueless' on Friday, March 10th; 'At Five In The Afternoon' on Thursday, March 16th; 'Cleo from 5 to 7' on Thursday, March 23rd; and 'Girlfriends' on Friday, March 31st.

For further information visit www.lanntair.com

An Lanntair is not alone in acknowledging the contribution of women to Scottish culture this March – Back Football and Recreation Club will be celebrating International Women's Day with a visual arts exhibition and a series of events. Full details are available on their website www.backfrc.org.uk