Ladyfest Atlanta serves as an intentional, queer, feminist space for women and gender nonconforming people. The annual festival brings together Atlanta-based artists, innovators and activists to share their work and speak out on local issues. Our mission is to celebrate and encourage community while also precipitating critical dialogue and education around anti-oppression work and action in Atlanta, especially as it relates to gender-centered oppression.
Our Ladyfest stems from a grassroots history. The first one took place in Olympia, WA in 2000. It was a 5-day festival that raised over $30,000 for local women’s projects/organizations–over 2,000 people came out to be a part of it. At the end of the festival, the organizers encouraged all of the attendees to go organize Ladyfests in their own towns. Now, Ladyfest has happened all over the world from New Orleans to New Zealand, with each festival focusing on specific local needs. Fifteen years later, a fierce team of volunteers banded together and formed the first ever Ladyfest Atlanta*, a multi-venue event hosted by Mammal Gallery, Eyedrum, Broad Street Visitors Center, and The Big House On Ponce which took place the weekend of March 20-22, 2015.
WHAT LADYFEST IS (AND ISN’T)
There is certainly no shortage of women, trans and gender non-conforming people doing impressive and important things all over this city. Unfortunately, many spaces dedicated to art and music around Atlanta primarily serve and exhibit men’s works. We are actively seeking to change the landscape of the Atlanta art scene to be more inclusive and more representative. While many women’s festivals fail to address the politics that make these spaces necessary in the first place, Ladyfest Atlanta seeks to create an outwardly feminist and leftist space where dialogue and activism are just as important as art and music.
In the spirit of addressing local needs, Ladyfest showcases music, comedy, visual art installations, workshops, film/video, and other activities facilitated by Atlanta folks! In addition to highlighting all of the amazing talent in our city, our goal is to precipitate critical and needed dialogue around the intersections of sexism, racism and classism in the arts communities of Atlanta.
All events are always free, open to the public, and we welcome everyone of any political situation to attend and join the conversation! Visit our Facebook page to stay updated as everything unfolds.
*Atlanta has hosted Ladyfests in 2002, 2004, and 2007 under the name Ladyfest South. However, 2015 was the first Ladyfest Atlanta.
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