Sheffield’s grassroots feminist festival, LaDIYfest, returns for its third year this November, taking over the city for a whole day and night of practical activities, discussion workshops and live music. This year’s festival will be on Saturday 30th November and all funds raised will be going to local women’s charities.
In the daytime, festivalgoers will have the chance to participate in lively workshops and discussions run by local groups and visiting speakers. Workshops will be a mixture of serious and fun, teaching practical skills such as sound engineering, organising your own grassroots events, and t-shirt printing, alongside discussions on men and feminism, women and anti-fascism and the Lose the Lads Mags campaign. Workshops take place from 11am-5.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, which is wheelchair accessible and will have a supervised children’s play area.
Saturday evening will see the city play host to an exciting line-up of bands at the Redhouse, including The Ethical Debating Society, Halo Halo, Weird Menace, and Not Right with DJ sets from local collective INVERT until late. LaDIYfest seeks out the best new women-led bands locally and from around the country and the atmosphere at our shows is legendary!
LaDIYfest Sheffield has been organised by a volunteer group of local feminists who decided it was time to bring the global tradition of Ladyfests to Sheffield. The first Ladyfests date back to the early 90s underground feminist punk movement Riot Grrrl in Washington D.C. Women-fronted bands such as Bikini Kill and Bratmobile challenged the male-dominated punk scene with their feminist lyrics and brash, energetic performances.
There is a suggested donation of £8 for both events or £6 for the day-time and £4 for the evening, but people attending are welcome to pay as much or as little as they can afford. Everyone in the local community is encouraged to get involved – all are welcome, regardless of age, gender, race, class, disability status or sexual orientation.
The image is LaDIYfest Sheffield’s logo for 2013. It is a black, hand-drawn illustration of two smiling people holding up a placard that says LaDIYfest Sheffield 2013. One is wearing a leopard-print headscarf, the other has glasses and tied-back hair with a fringe.