First planning meeting at The Common Place Leeds,
from 6.45pm – 9pm, on Tuesday 15th August
Manifesta, the Leeds-based feminist collective, today announced the first of a series of planning meetings for Ladyfest Leeds, a festival that will be taking place in Spring 2007 celebrating the creative and organisational talents of women in Leeds and Yorkshire through arts and music.
“We are just starting out and this is an excellent time to get involved. This is an opportunity for Yorkshire women of all ages to show off their creativity and talents. At the same time, we are inviting organisations working with women to become actively involved - perhaps you have a women’s group that would like to contribute artwork or writing to an exhibition. We also want to extend this Ladyfest to include people of all genders and sexualities, to anyone committed to the goals of the festival,” commented Amy Brachi, one of the organisers of Leeds Ladyfest.
“At this first planning meeting on Tuesday 15th August, there will be a chance to meet and get to know each other as a new and diverse group. We’ve arranged for dinner to be provided, which will be vegan, free and delicious. After this, we will be brainstorming ideas and discussing what we want to see happen at Ladyfest Leeds and its preceding fundraising events. All the organisers involved are volunteers and all women are welcome to contribute to the festival as an organiser, performer or artist. We can offer support and some training if appropriate.”
Empowerment and self-representation through art and music will be the main themes of Leeds Ladyfest, and it is expected that there will be up to 7 nights of music and performance, as well as 4 full days of arts exhibitions, workshops and more. Since 2000, there have been over 100 Ladyfests around the world, organised mainly by women and acting as a platform for the talents of female artists and performers. DIY in ethos, any profits made at Leeds Ladyfest will go to charity.
Leading up to the festival itself, there will be a series of events exhibitions, performances and concerts, all aimed at involving individuals and groups from across Leeds who have not previously worked together. Through these events, Ladyfest aims to bring together the energy, ideas and experience of individuals, voluntary and community organisations, colleges and universities, and the statutory sector.
Further information about Ladyfest Leeds can be found at www.manifesta.co.uk/ladyfestleeds and www.myspace.com/ladyfestleeds. People interested in finding out more about Ladyfest or who would like to discuss anything before the meeting can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0113 29 39 679.