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Our Schedule & Speakers

Read about the incredible lineup of speakers who have joined us for this year’s Asian Woman Festival.


Welcome: 14:00 

Hey you! Welcome to #AsianWomanFest.
We'll be hearing from our Festival Director, Shani Dhanda before we kick-off. 

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Session 1: 14:15 - 15:00

The Power of Putting Yourself First


Dr. Radha is a practising NHS GP, broadcaster & campaigner for wellbeing. This session will explore why don't we put ourselves first, how to put boundaries in place, navigating our own identities in a culture based on co-dependency and dealing with community guilt. 


Break: 15:00 - 15:05

It’s time to take 5! Grab yourself a hot drink, have a stretch and give your eyes a break and we’ll see you soon!

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Session 2: 15:05 - 15:45

Rupinder Kaur is the award-winning founder of Asian Women MEAN Business. She is passionate about helping Asian women to reach their full potential. The session will explore why unrealistic, generic milestones don’t matter and how to set your own.

How To Take Control and Live Life On Your Terms


Break: 15:45 - 15:50

It’s time to take 5! Grab yourself a hot drink, have a stretch and give your eyes a break and we’ll see you soon!

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Poetry: 15:50 - 16:00

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Join award-winning poets Nikita Gill and Shagufta Iqbal 

Nikita is a poet and writer. She has written and curated six volumes of poetry. She uses social media to engage her audience and she has 605,000 followers on Instagram with just over 370 posts.

Nikita Gill 

Shagufta is the founder of The YoniVerse Poetry Collective and Kiota Bristol. longlisted for the Jerwood Compton poetry fellowship, is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, workshop facilitator and Tedx Speaker.

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Shagufta Iqbal


Session 3: 16:00 - 16:50

Poonam Dhuffer is a wellbeing practitioner and founder of YSM8. She will take you on a journey connecting your mind, body and energy through self-reflection, mindfulness practices and loving-kindness meditation.  The workshop includes self-reflection prompts, practical tips that you can implement on a daily basis.

For this session you will need: a candle, journal & pen

Cut the BS and Reframe Your Mindset 


Close: 16:50 - 17:00 

Before we say goodbye join us as we round up the festival and don't forget to take advantage of your 20% discount at Mr Singh's. 

And finally, our host for the festival...

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Shay Grewal is an award-winning BBC Radio Presenter and Deputy Director as Asian Woman Festival

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