Fertility Fest, the world’s first arts festival dedicated to the science of making babies and modern families, will partner IVF babble and Fertility Network UK at a Trying to Conceive Day at this year’s event
This year’s edition runs from April 23 to May 12 at London’s Barbican with satellite festivals taking place at The Fertility Show and ESHRE Vienna – the biggest fertility patient and industry events in the world.
The festival was founded by author and fertility campaigner Jessica Hepburn and theatre producer Gabby Vautier, who present two very different stories of IVF. Jessica went through 11 rounds of unsuccessful treatment and Gabby is the mother of four-year-old IVF twin girls.
Actress Maxine Peake (TV’s Shameless, Silk, Dinnerladies) is this year’s headliner, starring in the stage production of Julia Leigh’s heart-breaking IVF memoir Avalanche – the centrepiece of Fertility Fest at the Barbican.
More than 200 artists and fertility experts will come together with patients and the public to discuss a diverse range of topics at this year’s festival, including trying to conceive; miscarriage; premature ovarian failure; the male experience of infertility; egg freezing; donation; surrogacy; parenting after successful IVF; there’s more to life than Children; The queer family; solo motherhood; race, religion and reproduction.
This year, IVF Babble is delighted to be partnering with Fertility Fest on their Trying To Conceive Day, along with the UK’s national charity Fertility Network UK.
Sunday, April 28 11 am
Who told us getting pregnant was easy? Sometimes it’s really hard. So, if you’ve been trying unsuccessfully for a while, or are about to start or already in the thick of IVF treatment, this event is especially for you!
You will be among people who truly get it. People who care, people who will share. People who will make you laugh, but even more importantly will be fine if you want to cry, because they’ve been there, done it, got the infertility t-shirt.
Sessions during the day will include:
Movement expert Avni Trivedi leading a simple eyes-shut relaxation session followed by a discussion with leading women’s health expert Emma Cannon. IVF Consultant and fertility expert from ITV’s This Morning Dr Larisa Corda and Erik Henau from myLotus fertility monitor.
Visual artists Jon Barker and Anna German – both in the thick of treatment – will be talking about how their trying to conceive journeys have informed their creative practice. They will be joined for a discussion by the IVF Babble and Fertility Network UK teams.
There will be lunch, hugs and a chance to see the matinee performance of Avalanche with Maxine Peake at 3pm.
Tickets are available from £10 and for full details and tickets, click here