Once again, PBS will be celebrating International Women's Day with special programming on Sunday March 8.

Plus this year in the week leading up to IWD, we are delighted to highlight some incredible programs that are supporting, celebrating and featuring women and gnc musicians and artists on the PBS airwaves.

Monday March 2

3pm Homebrew: Maddy Mac will be bringing us a selection of local female and gnc musicians, plus special guests.

5pm Headhunters: Melbourne electronic artist Louise Terra pops into the studio to chat with Elle Young about her new single J.B and the forthcoming release show at the Common Rooms with supports from Si Nu Gris, Ninoosh and Anna Vortex. Elle will also be airing a pre-recorded interview with singer, songwriter and producer Ngaiire (pictured) ahead of her performance at WOMAdelaide.


Tuesday March 3

11am Boogie Beat Suite: A huge line up of Thando, Liona Tatafu and Maina Doe join MzRizk in the studio to talk all things music, touring, upcoming shows and juggling a busy life.

7pm Cross Pollinate: Tune in to PBS Digital to hear Kelly Dingeldei (pictured) present Stand Queer featuring all queer and predominantly local artists. More info about the return of Cross Pollinate here.




Wednesday March 4

10pm Pojama People: Chris Pearson takes the opportunity to look back at some of the amazing Studio 3 live performances from female led bands he’s had on his show over the last little while. Plus chats with Katie Dixon (Baby 8 & Powerline Sneakers) and Jo Quail, English cellist supporting and playing with Mono on their Australian tour. It’s going to be heavy! (Lisa McKinney pictured)



Thursday March 5

8am The Breakfast Spread: Milo plays highlights from Studio 5 Live from female and gnc led performances. Tune in and listen back to these incredible exclusive live PBS recordings. 

9am What The Folk!: Susi Lanagan dedicates her show to a celebration of women singers women from all over the world!

1pm Radio City: PJ Harvey's album To Bring You My Love recently celebrated it's 25th anniversary! Perfect timing for Crispi to feature a set dedicated to this highly acclaimed breakthrough album.  


Friday March 6:

2am Eclectic Ladyland: Every Eclectic Ladyland show celebrates Women in Music. On the 6th the focus will be Womyn who have influenced & inspired Eclectic Ladyland host, Sigrid. These include Patti Smith, Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Slits, Norma Tanega, Dusty Springfield & locally Camp Cope , Georgia Maq, Adalita & the list goes on (so many brilliant Womyn!!!). In the final hour Sigrid welcomes special guests Kirsty, Clare & Trish, who are opening Feminista Vinyl - a record store dedicated to female musicians, in Nicholson Street, Coburg.

9am Ports of Paradise: Palmtree Paddy will be highlighting some amazing mid-century female artists, including the iconic Peruvian singer YMA SUMAC (pictured) and broadcasting an interview with her former personal assistant and the keeper of her estate, Damon Devine. Tune in!



8pm Passing Notes: Passing Notes began on International Womens' Day, 8th of March one year ago. To celebrate the momentous achievements of women around the globe and the lead up to this important day for the show Penny will host two very special guests at the forefront of their craft. For the first half of the show Penny welcomes Canada's RAMZi. For the second half and Penny's better DJ half Millu make her overdue debut on Passing Notes.


Then on Sunday March 8 tune in to hear female broadcasters taking over the airwaves and doin' it for themselves!

12am - Kicking things off, Anita Michalski (pictured) brings us a show dedicated to entirely female & non-binary artists and producers. Tune in for your fix of groovy raw house and disco, with elements of jazz, funk and soul. She'll also be joined by the one and only Billy Jean doing a guest live DJ set and bringing her own selection of favourite tracks from female artists.




2am – Julie Enzerink brings us an edition of Broad on Broads – don’t miss this epic four hour adventure!


6am - Susie Scurry graces the airwaves with a special tribute to one of Australia's biggest unsung stars, Joy McKean, plus pulling out all the hits from her favourite female musicians.


9am – Long term PBS Announcer, Helen Jennings OAM (pictured) will be joined by The Three Belles; the heavenly voices of Kelly Auty (pictured), Diana Wolfe & Sweet Felicia, from one of Australia’s finest & favourite groups, The Gospel Belles. The Three Belles will be performing live, plus sharing some of their favourite gospel songs on the airwaves for two hours of glorious listening.




1pm - Rebecca Davey will be highlighting female musicians from the huge world of women in blues from the 1920's to today, plus some visits from women currently working in blues dropping in for chats. It's tough job fitting all those superbly talented females musicians into two hours! It's going to be incredible listening, so settle in for a treat.







3pm – Kix brings the freshest contemporary African music to the PBS airwaves: Afro-house, Afrobeats and Afropop. Plus an interview with Shingai (pictured), Zimbabwean-British singer most famously known as the lead vocalist and bassist of the UK Indie-Rock band, the Noisettes. She launched her solo career last year and her debut EP, Ancient Futures, which draws musical inspirations from her Zimbabwean roots. Shingai also talks about her amazing hairstyles and using hair as a form or expression.



5pm – Jess Fairfax enters the studio and we'll hear music from Sona Jobarteh, the first female Kora player in Gambia who is challenging gender stereotypes in music, Emily Wurramurra who is revitalising language and proving that the oldest living culture in the world is thriving in the face of 250 years of colonialism, Kinnie Star who sings for water rights for Canada's First Nation communities alongside artists such as Electric Fields, Maisey Rika, The Black Sistaz and Whiri Tu Aka, who are all bringing language, culture and a call for change onto main stages across the globe. This will be a celebration of female and gender non-conforming artists who, through their music, challenge the status quo and the systems of oppression that hinder our growth.


7pm - Hannah McKittrick (pictured) from new PBS show, Soak, will be bringing us three special hours of jazz including interviews, guests and a very special Studio 5 Live with Tamara Murphy's latest project, Spirograph Studies. Spirograph Studies burst onto the Australian music scene with their detailed, textural approach to playing improvised music. Post-rock, post-jazz and post-minimalism, they shamelessly steal sonic palettes from all areas to build their cinematic sound. Tune in and join us in celebrating diversity in jazz and contemporary music.




10pm - Prof. Cat Hope (pictured) rounds out our special programming with Dark, Angry, Strange and even Creepy: Taking a different look at female composers around the world, and challenging the stereotypes of what any idea of 'women's music' might mean.



PBS thanks all the women and gnc musicians, announcers and listeners and members in our community for their art, time and perseverance! Happy International Women's Day.