Ladyfest ready to GLAM up the UC
Tuesday, September 20, 20050 Comments
Republic of Safety, one of the bands performing this year
The goal of Ladyfest Guelph is to reclaim the word “lady” through a politically engaged showcase of art and activism produced by bio and self-identified women and transfolk. Its organizers recognize the often male-dominated nature of independent music and art scenes and strive to challenge these norms by creating space where ladies are in the limelight. Collective member Emily MacLeod has been working on the festival since its inaugural year in 2004 and says “it’s been a really rewarding experience being involved in such an exciting and important festival.” The festival is open to people of all or no genders and everyone is welcome to attend. Ladyfest Guelph also rejects the idea that art and politics exist in separate worlds and offers a series of free workshops which aim to effectively draw connections between the two in a variety of ways. Full listings for these workshops are available on the website. Local art and film works featured at the festival also serve to demonstrate the overlap between art
Similar festivals are taking place throughout the world every year, modeled after the first ever Ladyfest which happened in 2000 in Olympia, Washington and grew out of the 1990’s Riot Grrrl movement there. In a town like Guelph where festivals abound, Ladyfest Guelph is unique in that it operates under an explicitly feminist and anti-oppressive framework, and isn’t shy about its political intentions. Though it is held on the university campus, it definitely aims to address a community-wide need for artistic content like that which is featured at this year’s event. Tickets for the evening performances are available at Thomas Video and The Beat Goes On, in Guelph, or can be reserved online at . Free childcare is available for Saturday’s daytime events and all the venues are wheelchair accessible. Ladyfest Guelph will attempt to accommodate any other accessibility needs with 48-hours advance notice. These and other details are all available online HERE.