New review: Edinburgh Ladyfest 2009

Wisrutta Atthakor reports back from Edinburgh’s second Ladyfest, a festival centring women’s art and music, replete with workshops, comedy and stand-up. Includes an interview with Zorras

Ladyfest Edinburgh 2009, the second to be held in Edinburgh and hopefully not the last, took place over four days and evenings from 24 to 27 September. It was organised by a group of local women, many of whom belong to the Edinburgh Feminist Network, apparently over many sessions of tea and cakes at the Forest Café.

After attending Edinburgh’s Reclaim the Night in March, the ladies were struck by feminist fever and decided that they should very much like to make sure that last year’s Ladyfest wouldn’t be the one and only one to happen in Edinburgh, and so took it into their hands and set to work organising this year’s series of events. Considering they had only six months to find performers and venues, with various mishaps from cancellations of venue without their knowledge to venues losing their drinks licenses and performers cancelling at the last minute after not booking their travel to Edinburgh in advance and then not being able to afford the fares, I think the organisers – Alyson MacDonald, Marylou Anderson, Hilary Cornish and Fiona Watt – did an absolutely brilliant job.

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