In the process of trying to secure a headliner to appeal to our audiences, festival organizers momentarily forgot the reason they were organizing the festival in the first place: to provide an opportunity for equal representation by highlighting the talent of women identified artists.
Growing increasingly frustrated by the already small population of acknowledged talent being booked, festival organizers wondered, “How can this woman-centric event be so much harder to book than the other gigs we’ve been doing?” Because, capitalist patriarchy.
Over 90% of festival lineups are men*. Headliners, performers, you name it. Why? There are plenty of women musicians. There are plenty of incredibly talented women. Why aren’t there plenty of famous women musicians headlining music festivals? Where is the population-representative, extensive list of well-known, vetted women-led headlining bands?
That’s when the organizers realized: “Oh, yeah. This is precisely why we’re doing this event.”
FEmnFEST organizers realized that they needed to examine these societal structures much more critically in order to address the systemic oppression and injustice that contributes to the oppression of women, they’d need to address it in their own festival, first.
We believe that terms like "headliner" and "VIP" both overtly and covertly reinforce hierarchal structures that contribute to the inequality that we have been focused with dedication on eliminating. FEmnFEST has an opportunity to give lesser-known, outrageously-talented women a chance to blow your minds. To give the people a chance to fall in love with performers they haven’t had (and may never have gotten) a chance to see.
For these reasons, FEmnFEST will not have a single headliner. It was a tough decision, but because women are not gimmicks, magazine covers, and body objects to lure patrons in for the real show, at FEmnFEST women will share (and rule) the stage in a manner that helps all feel that their contributions are EQUALLY appreciated.
Festival organizers urge you to remember that this festival doesn't have a headliner for a reason. And that is the exact reason this festival exists.
Come to FEmnFEST Not just because there are so few showcases for women artists and experts to ply their trades without being dominated, sidelined, or objectified. Come to, learn ways to dismantle systems of oppression, celebrate women, revel in their talent, and party like a rockstar. We’ll be there, too.
FEmnFEST NOW IN DULUTH, LOSES WRENSHALL BARN
Barn Needs Construction, Must Relocate, Chooses Sacred Heart Music Center and the Center for American Indian Resources
On Monday morning, August 13 2017, area feminist festival, FEmnFEST has announced that it will now take place in Duluth, MN.
The original location, Food Farm Barn in Wrenshall, MN, needs immediate construction to replace the flooring.
With the generosity and flexibility of Sacred Heart Music Center and the Center for American Indian Resources, FEmnFEST will now take place in downtown Duluth.
Organizers are excited about this new opportunity to increase accessibility, partner with great community organizations, and bring this festival to Duluth’s core.
The event will be broken up into two sections. Sacred Heart Music Center will host the bulk of the festival, including the main stage, vendors, art, and more. The Center for American Indian Resources parking lots, surrounding Sacred Heart, will house the second stage/programming area for the festival, as well as vendors.
Tickets are available at FEmnFEST.com or 877-4FLY-TIX. There is a capacity for this event, and we urge fans to not wait! Tickets start at $50.00. For more information:
Info about the organizations
Women are historically under-represented in music festivals. To make that fact worse, they're the biggest audience. Organizers seek to address and change this. Organizers from the music and events scene in Duluth, MN are banding together to make this happen. Even though the team is Duluth-based, as Co-producer, Abigail Mlinar says, "this festival will have a wide draw. We anticipate the backing of the entire state of Minnesota to come enjoy the unique and powerful event." With experience ranging from the Homegrown Music Festival in Duluth, to the Tall Ships festivals around the country, this three day festival is sure to be a success.
Home to musical performances, weddings and receptions, meetings and arts education events, Sacred Heart is a landmark in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood, and is the essence of music and community in Northern Minnesota.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/24/17
FEmnFEST Tickets On Sale + Initial Line Up Announced
Feminist music + educational festival
September 15-17, 2017, Food Farm Barn in Wrenshall MN
On Monday morning, July 24 2017, FEmnFEST, a new Minnesota music festival, put tickets on sale and made their first entertainment announcement.
FEmnFEST, taking place at the Food Farm Barn in Wrenshall MN from Sept 15-17, features women-identified performers, feminist workshops, women-owned business vendors, and women-identified artist installations.
The first of a series of musical announcements brings:
Oshkii Giizhik Signers
And the following educationally empowering workshops (more available at FEmnFEST.com/fest-info):
Mindfulness in the Midst of Misogyny: Self-Care for Women
Beyond the Binary: Embracing Spectrum Identities
An Introduction to Ethical Non-Monogamy
FEmnFEST is a nonprofit sponsored initiative of Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community, and has the following sponsors already on board: Explore Minnesota, City Girl Coffee Co, Planned Parenthood, and more. There is still room for more supporters.
With the launch of tickets, the festival organizers are offering a $10 off Weekend Pass Promotion for the first two weeks.
Tickets are now on sale, and are available at FEmnFEST.com or 877-4FLY-TIX. There is a capacity for this event, and we urge fans to purchase quickly. Ticket prices range from a $50.00 One Day Pass to $300 for the Super Supporter pass, which includes an “Adopt a Weekender” program. For more information:
Get involved with FEmn Fest now.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/6/17
FEMINIST MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED IN MINNESOTA
Women-identified performers and organizers
September 15-17, 2017, A Barn in Wrenshall MN
On Sunday, a new Minnesota music festival was announced: FEmn Fest (fem-n fest). It is the premiere (and only) female-focused festival in Minnesota. The TBD line-up will feature women-identified performers, feminist workshops, and more for three full days.
Women are historically under-represented in music festivals. To make that fact worse, they're the biggest audience. Organizers seek to address and change this. Co-producer and musician, Kat Fox says, "The ratio of men to women in the music industry is fucking pitiful. Women make up less than (roughly) 10% of festival lineups across the board. There are way too many talented women in the world for this to be the standard."
Organizers from the music and events scene in Duluth, MN are banding together to make this happen. Even though the team is Duluth-based, as Co-producer, Abigail Mlinar says, "this festival will have a wide draw. We anticipate the backing of the entire state of Minnesota to come enjoy the unique and powerful event." With experience ranging from the Homegrown Music Festival in Duluth, to the Tall Ships festivals around the country, this three day festival is sure to be a success.
The festival is set to take place at a barn in Wrenshall Minnesota. The organizers are seeking sponsors, performers, partners, and venders. Tickets will be launched in the coming months. All interested parties are encouraged to follow FEmn Fest's social media accounts for updates.