Idle Women & Women's Euro 2022

Together with Idle Women, we are delighted to announce a series of events, to celebrate and make places for all women along the canal network.

Stadium for the Future

Idle Women (founded in 2015), the collaboration, is an arts, environment and social justice beacon for women, and in partnership with us and UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 we are pleased to introduce Stadium for the Future, (If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution).

These events are taking place alongside this summer’s football tournament in the UK from 6 July. Stadium for the Future will be a living stadium imagined, engineered and hand built by and for women, a self-sustaining ecosystem of creating, training and playing to manifest a different world.

Stadium for the Future is a powerful piece reclaiming spaces for women and conjuring an exciting future through dance and community. We're delighted to be working with Idle Women and celebrate inclusion in the run-up to UEFA Women's Euro 2022.

Mark Riviere, Wellbeing Participant Delivery Mngr

Conceived as a provocation and call to action, Stadium for the Future will be danced into existence at raves in a nature reserve, an underpass, a park and football pitch. Organised by, and for women with community groups, activists, musicians, DJs and older women, the raves will culminate in a continuous soundwork, broadcast online from 31 July, until the stadium is built. Stadium for the Future is supported with funding from Arts Council England thanks to National Lottery players.

Stadium for the Future celebrates and makes place for all women along the canal and river waterways connecting four of the urban locations hosting the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 games. Idle Women seek to honour the women who worked in the mills and factories along the waterways and formed the first women’s football teams during World War I, before a ban was introduced in 1921, lasting almost fifty years.

Last date edited: 13 July 2022