We Can Do it
Detail of World War II poster ‘We Can Do it’ by J. Howard Miller, 1943. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Instead of opting for syrupy sweets, fawning cards or doe-eyed teddies for your darling, go to Moth Club in Hackney Central this Sunday for a Valentine’s Fair with a kick.

The Alternative V-Day fair offers you the chance to purchase tokens of undying affection for your other half, such as one of Babak Ganjei’s passive aggressive Valentine’s cards.

Or if you’re on your lonesome, you can always decorate your very own pair of pants with writer and blogger Rosie Cherrington, as part of an installation exploring sex and feminism, or pick up a copy of Instant Hit zine to learn about a new breed of girl bands.

The fair will be a celebration of women, feminism and girl power, raising money and awareness for Girls Against, a campaign led by a group of young women whose goal it is to end sexual assault and harassment at gigs.

From 8pm a Girl Power Pub Quiz, hosted by Sister Magazine, will put you in with a chance of winning tickets to Lovebox or Citadel festival, followed by a screening of Heathers, the film that gave a voice to female teen-angst bullshit with or without a body count.

There will also be DJ sets from Cosmic Strip and Middle Fingers, a flash sale from Into You Tattoo’s Emily Johnston (with all proceeds going towards Girls Against), and artworks from Please Kill Terry and Soft Taboo.

The event runs from 5pm to midnight on 14 February – entry is free but donations are very welcome.

Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, E9 6NU.


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