Nottingham Women’s Centre hosted a carnival percussion workshop in preparation for the city’s seventh Reclaim the Night March.

On Saturday (November 2) around 25 women and girls attended a workshop at the Chaucer Street centre to learn and practise songs ahead of an annual march against sexism, taking place on November 9.

The three-hour session was led by Estrandosas, a carnival percussion band inspired by Brazilian, samba and funk music, who seek to provide women with a fun, safe and exciting environment to perform.

To create their lively sound the all-female band uses various instruments such as the repinique, surdo, tambourine, and bells, which participants had the opportunity to play themselves.

Estrandosas founding member and Nottingham resident Kath Akers said: “The purpose of the march is so that we can all celebrate our presence on the street at night and provide the noise.

Last year’s Reclaim the Night march on Lower Parliament Street (Courtesy of Kath Akers)

“Last year was our first march and we had such a great turn out, people came from all over the country.”

The march itself, described as “Nottingham’s biggest and loudest annual grassroots protest” is part of a nationwide initiative from feminist campaign groups.

First held in 1977 as a response to the “Yorkshire Ripper” serial murders, Reclaim the Night now aims to promote and celebrate equality for girls, women, non-binary and trans people, whilst revolting against street harassment, victim-blaming and all forms of gendered violence.

This year’s Reclaim the Night Nottingham is supported by many charities and organisations, including Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services, Equation, Juno Women’s Aid and Pow Nottingham.

For full details, including the march’s start and finish locations and additional workshops, visit the official Facebook page.