Ladyfest

    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, arts exhibitions and workshops; it is organised by volunteers.

    The first ever Ladyfest was conducted in Olympia, Washington in August 2000 with over 2000 people attending. Prime moticators in the event were Sarah Dougher, Sleater-Kinney, and Teresa Carmody. Also performing were The Gossip, Bangs, The Need, The Rondelles and Bratmobile.  

    Since the first Ladyfest, the event has branched out into other urban centres such as Amsterdam, Atlanta, Belfast, Belgium, Bellingham, Berlin, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Brigton, Bristol, Brooklyn, Cambridge, Columbus, Cork, Chicago, Cardiff, Dijon, Dublin, Glasgow, Grenoble, Lansing, MI, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Orlando, Ottawa, Oxford, Philadelphia, Riverside, Calfornia, Scranton, San Francisco, San Diego, Texas, Toronto, Toulouse, Traverse City, Washington DC. Wellington, New Orleans, New Zealand and more.

     Each new festival is organised locally and independently of other Ladyfest events in other states and countries, primarily by volunteers, and most proceeds are donated to non-profit organisations. 

    Ten years on from the original event, Ladyfest is still going strong as a global phenomenon. The 2010 London Ladyfest was promoted as "tenth anniversary" event, "celebrating a decade of DIY feminist arts and activism." 
     

    (Taken from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladyfest)