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Join us in celebrating local female creativity in all of its forms at the 5th annual Ladyfest London!

Ladyfest is a community-based, not-for-profit global music and arts festival for female artists that features bands, musical groups, performance artists, authors, spoken word and visual artists, films, lectures, art exhibitions and workshops; it is organized by volunteers. Ladyfest London 2012 is raising money for Safe Space London. All proceeds from this event will go to this valuable organization.

Ladyfest is organized by a grassroots, open, do-it-yourself collective of feminists each dedicated to having fun with feminism and putting politics into practice through art. Each year Ladyfest London collective organizes a festival of art, music, performance, poetry, and politics meant to celebrate community and the projects and accomplishments of local feminists. By offering a space to showcase some of the many London artists dedicated to making their work pro-feminist, political, resistant, and inclusive, Ladyfest hopes to work as a hub of feminists activity that connects existing communities and generates new ones. In addition to practicing a non-hierarchical method of organizing the festival, our collective operates from a sex and body positive, non-exclusive, anti-oppressive, pro-feminist, politically charged framework and embraces all feminist peoples.

We are absolutely dedicated to making the  festival accessible, inclusive, and safe in every way. We hope that by making spaces for community members, artists, and musicians to share and perform we can open up places from which London’s various pro-feminist political voices can be heard, where new communities can be made, and existing ones can work in coalition on shared projects and toward common social and political goals. Ladyfest is not just an annual festival; we hope that it is the kind of event that can generate new projects, possibilities, and communities and above all proliferate politics without pretentiousness. Ladyfest London operates according to several key values; these include accessibility, DIY-ing, positivity, exposure, connection, and inclusion.<br>
Ladyfest provides an opportunity for visitors to discuss and take action on their views on topics such as misogynism in the arts and beauty standards. It allows people attend shows by female performers,and have a good time in a space where they felt comfortable to be themselves. Ladyfest is a breath of fresh air to male dominated corporate sponsored music festivals where only a handful of womyn are “lucky” enough to perform every year.

HER-STORY OR CUNT-ROVERSY?

Perhaps you feel that ‘being a female performer isn’t an issue anymore. Why make it one?’ Then it’s likely you are someone who had never been subjected to or suffered the indignity of being ignored or patronized based on gender specific prejudices.

Maybe you feel this concept is too extreme and that it completely alienates male culture. This is certainly not the intention of this event. This annual festival is a place where womyn can perform with other womyn in a safe, friendly, predominantly female, non corporate environment. Our festival honours the work of womyn (past present and future) artists and trans folks are encouraged to participate!

Ladyfest is open and inviting to everyone who wishes to attend and support.

The festival began in August of 2000 in Olympia, Washington, the home of the Riot-Grrrl movement. It was a woman-organized and woman-run event that featured performances by bands, spoken word artists, authors, and visual artists with pro-feminist attitudes. It also included workshops, panel discussions, and dance parties. The 2000 festival had a strong momentum, inspiring womyn from around the globe to organize similar festivals in their own communities. In the last seven years Ladyfest’s have taken place in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Canadian cities that have hosted Ladyfest’s include: Vancouver, Guelph, London, Toronto, Halifax and Ottawa. Although each city puts its own spin on Ladyfesting, all Ladyfest festivals belong to a global web of feminist communities each devoted to similar social goals and celebrating in solidarity with each other.

Ladyfest London raises funds for community initiatives and agencies focused on creating a safer world. Past recipients have been The Sexual Assault Centre of London, Hope’s Garden, Rock Camp For Girls & Safe Space London!

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