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Ladyfest Boston 2017 is part of a long standing tradition of Ladyfests worldwide. Ladyfest is a DIY, community-based and volunteer-run festival that highlights artists that are underrepresented and active in the vibrant arts and music communities around the world. In addition to being a space to showcase said artists, Ladyfest serves as a way of giving back to organizations within the community that support us year round. This year the proceeds from Ladyfest Boston will be split between Girls Rock Campaign Boston and Rosie’s Place.
~ POTLUCK and SPEAKER (TBA) ~
~ WORKSHOPS ~
~ BREAK ~
Knife Pleats (Rose Melberg)
~ FLEA MARKET with quiet performances ~
Ellen Kempner (of Palehound)
~ PANEL (PANELISTS TBA) ~
DAY PASSES $15, WEEKEND PASSES $35
PRESALE TICKETS AVAILABLE 2/24 at 12:00 PM
Although to some the term may seem outdated, the ideology behind Ladyfest has been instrumental in empowering and showcasing the work of underrepresented populations within music and arts communities. Ladyfests across the world have aided innumerable individuals in pursuing their interests within arts and music, and, for this reason, we find it essential to keep the name for our event’s purposes. Many of us organizers have attended previous Ladyfests and the overall experiences have shaped the way in which we approach the arts. For this reason, we feel the need to continue the tradition and to give back to our communities.
That said, we feel it is important to re-iterate that ALL underrepresented populations should feel welcome to be a part of Ladyfest, be it through volunteering at our benefit shows, art auctions, the main event, or simply as attendees. Additionally, over the course of the next 10 months, we will be holding open meetings. These will be a place for individuals who are interested in giving feedback/adding their input during the organizing process to join us and discuss the project in an open, welcoming forum.
In hosting Ladyfest, our goal is to create an inclusive, safer space for people of all backgrounds/identities to enjoy music and the arts. We will strive to ensure that none of the events surrounding Ladyfest Boston support or promote violence and hatred. It is impossible to ensure that any space can be 100% safe; however, we will work as hard as possible to create spaces that are as safe as possible for performers, showgoers, and volunteers alike. If at ANY point at a Ladyfest affiliated event you or someone you know does not feel safe, please approach one of the organizers as soon as you feel you can.
Between now and the festival itself (to be held April 14th – 16th 2017), we will be holding a number of art showcases/auctions, film screenings, and benefit shows. These events will be used to fundraise for the cost of the room to host the main event, and may even potentially be used to help certain performers travel to Boston. Any additional funds raised during the benefit events will be donated to Girls Rock Campaign Boston and Rosie’s Place as well.
As of right now, we are not accepting submissions for bands to play Ladyfest itself. However, if you are in a band that you think would be a good fit for one of our benefit events, we would be happy to give your music a listen! We will also be accepting tabling submissions for Ladyfest in the not too distant future. Please send all submissions to [email protected]
If you are interested in keeping up to date with what we’re working on, please e-mail [email protected] with LADYFEST NEWSLETTER in the subject line and we’ll add you!
The Ladyfest Boston 2017 Organizers (Zoë, Rachel, Sarah, Christine, and Catylyn)
Rosie’s Place has been selected as one of the recipients of the proceeds from Ladyfest Boston 2017 due to their commitment to “provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity, and find security in their lives”. Emerging in 1974 as the first homeless shelter for women in the United States as a response to the lack of resources and shelter available, Rosie’s place now assists 12,000 women annually through an array of comprehensive and expansive services that address housing, education, employment, arts, advocacy, and emergency needs. Their commitment to community is further apparent through their outreach efforts to women without stable shelter, as well as follow up services and support to women who have recently found a home of their own. The influence of Rosie’s Place extends beyond the realm of direct services and supports through their engagement in public policy efforts, direct lobbying at the State House, and coalition building, accomplished with the support of their guests and supporters.
Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) has been chosen as the other recipient of the proceeds of Ladyfest Boston 2017. Their mission is to …“empower girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance.” Since 2010, GRCB has given an enormous amount to the music community in Boston through it’s work with girls and with women through their programming and events year round. They are an organization that shares many of the values we hold, and are essential to continuing to help our music community flourish and grow beyond what it historically has been.