Tonight! Swallows and Amazons Life-Drawing Salon is Turning Japanese!

Tonight sees our favourite London life-drawing salon, Swallows and Amazons, looking to Japanese art and culture for inspiration; presenting models playing with stereotypes of Geisha and Samurai and encouraging artists to get creative with traditional inking techniques and Manga styles.

Get yourself down to The Victoria Pub, Mile End, from 8 o’clock to join in the flexing of creative muscles – Full details are here. Entry is just £6, which includes all the artistic materials you will need, and every penny goes towards Ladyfest Ten!

By: Sarah Barnes, 12.10.2010 | Comments (0)
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And the nominees are…

It’s been a good old while since I told you about The Girls Are’s quest to find some hot, new womanly musical-talent worthy of gracing the stage at this year’s Ladyfest Ten extravaganza. In a bid to bring us some fresh ear-candy, whilst also providing support to acts that are still a wee bit ‘green’, The Girls Are arranged their ‘Just A Girl‘ battle of the bands competition. Well, choosing the cream of the crop has been a long and arduous task but finally, today, the nominations were announced!

The six finalists bring all different flavours to the musical table; There’s eery gypsy folk from Birds of Paradise, jangly punk tunes from Amazon Molly, acoustic sweetness from Minnie Birch, staccato electro from GLDGRVZ, mellow grunge rock from She Makes War and frenetic post punk from Blue Cherrys. Phew!

With so many styles represented, it’s going to tough to choose a band to fill that all-important Saturday slot (supporting MEN, no less!)… but if you want to see all these exciting bands battle it out before your very eyes, then get yourself down to the Just A Girl live final on October the 23rd!  All the details are here, so go along and support your favourite!

By: Sarah Barnes, 08.10.2010 | Comments (0)
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You’ve got FeMail

Another day, another exciting Ladyfest Ten project to get involved in! This time, those creative types at Storm In A Tea Cup are hoping to get women (and men) from all over the world to participate via the medium of snail mail in their Postcard Project.

Whilst Ladyfest Ten, as an event, will be taking place this November in London, the aim is to celebrate ten fantastic years of the grass-roots female arts phenomenon that is Ladyfest. Since Ladyfest has been celebrated all over the world, it seems only right to invite those it has touched to contribute in some way. This particular artistic global outreach aims to bring together those Ladyfesters from around the world in a huge support of this very unique female focussed fest.

Feeling inspired? Well, before you starts scribbling away please bear in mind that there is a theme and that theme is ‘X’. As well as being the roman numeral for Ten, it is also the kiss sign… and in Norse mythology is the letter for GIFT (you really do learn something new everyday!)

Submissions can be in any medium- as long as it still passes for a postcard and fits through a letterbox then the rest is up to you! Perhaps even adorn your creation with one of these Women of Distinction stamps, shown above, for extra feminist brownie points… Just make sure you get it to the Ladyfest Ten team by October 15th – address is here.

By: Sarah Barnes, 03.09.2010 | Comments (0)
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Battle of The Girl Bands!

Yoohoo, all you girl groups out there! Whether you’re the next Le Tigre, Destiny’s Child or Shampoo, if you’re looking for your big break then now is the time to take off your head phones and prick up your ears…

Big supporters of women in music, The Girls Are, are running a competition for bands to battle it out for a coveted slot at Ladyfest Ten in November. The competition, Just A Girl, will be judged by women in the know from publications such as The Fly and Wears The Trousers, as well as Charlottle Richardson Andrews from the legendary The Slits.

Not only will the winning band be playing alongside some huge names at the festival, but the talented group will also receive radio airplay and feature as part of a Ladyfest Ten documentary. Find out all the T&Cs here, and then hurry to get your demo track in – the deadline for entry is the 8th of September! Good luck!

By: Sarah Barnes, 29.08.2010 | Comments (0)
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Have Your Cake and Eat It This Saturday!

I’ve just heard word of yet another fabulous fund-raiser for Ladyfest Ten!

Have Your Cake And Eat It is the love-child of two of London’s top creative organisations, Diy Womp and Storm in a Teacup, so a good time is practically guaranteed! Taking place this Saturday at East London’s George Tavern, the event is yet another in a fantastic string of shindigs that raise funds for the very good cause that is Ladyfest Ten.

Personally, I’m already sold on the cute Russian Doll flyer, but if you need any more persuading to attend then here’s what to expect:

A bargain at £5 on the door, the event kicks off with some genteel art appreciation at 6, with bands taking to the stage from 8. Need to know more? Click here!

By: Sarah Barnes, 16.08.2010 | Comments (0)
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Ladyfest Ten Festival Dates Confirmed

Exciting news today as Ladyfest Ten confirm the dates for the festival! Get out your diaries now and mark down the 12th, 13th and 14th of November 2010, because something tells me this is going to be a fantastic event…

Ladyfest Ten will be celebrating 10 whole years of Ladyfests – the global, grassroots festival that celebrates and promotes female creativity. The three day event will be taking place around various North London venues, including The Relentless Garage.

Confirmed acts and ticketing details will not be broadcast until next month, but the organisers are promising an exciting and diverse programme of female-fronted music, arts, film, literature, comedy, craft, workshops and even sport! If you want to keep up to date with all the details as they unfold, then make sure you follow the Ladyfesters on their Facebook andTwitter pages.

Oh, and if you want to get involved, don’t worry – it’s not too late! The next Ladyfest Ten meeting will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 30th June 2010 at the Southbank Centre. See the website for more details.

By: Sarah Barnes, 23.06.2010 | Comments (0)
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Swallows & Amazons: Life Drawing Tonight!

Life drawing. For some reason, no matter how mature you thought you were at the time, it was the one class at school that was sure to raise a titter (ahem). But, now that I’m older and wiser, I miss the smell of charcoal, the thrill of pencil on paper and, yes, the opportunity to draw a naked model. Student giggles aside, I used to absolutely adore life-drawing classes – nothing beats it for developing your aesthetic ‘eye’ – but, now that I’m all grown up, I haven’t the first idea about where to go to partake in a some sketching of the nude form. Wow, I sound like a pervert…

It seems my search is over, though, as the lovely people at Storm In A Tea Cup have brought their Swallows & Amazons salon style classes to the capital – all to raise funds for Ladyfest Ten! I’m a little late to jump on the bandwagon (tonight is their penultimate class of the season) but better late than never, eh?  Especially when tonight’s class promises tattooed pin-up model Rayna Terror and dread-locked and body-painted Skye disrobing for drawing challenges set by The Great Cake Escape’s Cherry Bakewell.

The class tonight will take place from 8-10pm (email art@ladyfestten.com to reserve a space) at The Victoria pub, Mile End, E3 5TH. It’s only £6 in (with every penny going to Ladyfest Ten) but, thanks to Cass Art, drawing materials will be provided. There’s even a chance that your original art work might be featured in an exhibition as part of Ladyfest Ten festival in November! Just no sniggering at the back, okay?

(Image taken from Storm In A Tea Cup’s photo gallery)

By: Sarah Barnes, 22.06.2010 | Comments (0)
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Design a Logo for Ladyfest Ten!

Ladyfest is in its tenth year… can you believe it!? Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun!? To celebrate this milestone, a group of Ladyfest aficionados have got together to create Ladyfest Ten and celebrate in style with the biggest and best Ladyfest ever. Whilst plans for the fest are well on their way, the event is still without a logo… and that’s where you come in.

Ladyfest Ten want you to create a logo to be used on flyers, posters and everything Ladyfest related. The designer of the winning logo will be rewarded with two festival passes, as well as legions of adoring fans and life-long fame (okay, so only the first one is guaranteed…!). The only requirements are that the logo should read ‘Ladyfest Ten’ and that you should create two versions of the logo (one black and white and one colour).

Submit a .jpg or .tiff file of your design to ladyfestten.logo@googlemail.com before the 24th February with your name and contact details. Good luck!

(photograph by Sarah Barnes, from Ladyfest London 2008)

By: Sarah Barnes, 15.02.2010 | Comments (0)
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Ladyfest is 10 – Get involved in the Birthday Bash!

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Who’d have thought that it’s nearly 10 whole years since the first ever Ladyfest was held in Olympia, Washington?! Since then, the word of Ladyfest has spread, inspiring women around the world to realise their resources and put on a show. To celebrate this milestone, UK feminists (including organisers from Ladyfest London 2008) have set up LadyfestTen. But, like all Ladyfests, the more ladies that are involved the bigger and better it gets…which is why LadyfestTen are inviting YOU to get stuck in!

“We want to celebrate Ten years of this global DIY movement by running an event which brings together activists from all corners of the world.

We are London based but will carry out meetings in a variety of different formats (e.g. online); so everyone who wants to participate will be able to, no matter where they are.

Ladyfest is run by volunteers and we need YOU to get involved in the anniversary party! If you are into art, music, activism, crafts, poltiks, making friends, learning new skills, and making things better – this is for you.”

The next meeting is on Monday 16th November, 18.30 to 21.30 in the Royal Festival Hall (Level 2 Foyer), Southbank Centre, London. If you can’t make it to the meeting, don’t worry because there are plenty of ways to keep up with LadyfestTenners! Become a Facebook fan, follow them on MySpace and Twitter, or simply email to find out more at ladyfestten@googlemail.com

(Photograph by Sarah Barnes)

By: Sarah Barnes, 10.11.2009 | Comments (0)
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