Gayle Hurmuses, organizer of International Women’s Day festival. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Gayle Hurmuses, organizer of International Women’s Day festival. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Women’s Day festival could build on its success

Will the International Womens’ Day festival held recently in Duncan inspire a week or perhaps a whole month of related events in future years?

Gayle Hurmuses, organizer of this year’s event, held at Charles Hoey Park on March 4, is hoping to see it.

“This year’s festival was good, especially for a first year, particularly since we started the day with snow on the ground” she said.

Hurmuses had never been involved with an event at the centrally located park before and found the venue really made the festival easy to spot for passersby.

“The turnout was good, the speakers were great. We also had two author events [featuring women authors reading from and talking about their books], and a film opening, ” she said, adding that One Billion Rising being held on March 8 also enhanced the week.

“But, it’s more important to look to the future than the past,” she said, already thinking about a follow-up next year.

Hurmuses said she’d like to see the International Womens’ Day group do a couple of events and then see other community groups join in with related activities and events of their own, “inspiring a whole month of things that would fit into a larger calendar of events.”