It's Ladyfest Boston weekend this weekend and we're so excited to hear about the great local organizations being represented! In a world where women across the globe are still fighting for equality, it is important to recognize that the movement can start right outside your front door. Ladyfest is a DIY, community-based and volunteer-run festival that highlights artists that are underrepresented and active in the vibrant arts and music communities around the world. In addition to being a space to showcase said artists, Ladyfest serves as a way of giving back to organizations within the community that support the event year round. This year the proceeds from Ladyfest Boston will be split between Girls Rock Campaign Boston and Rosie’s Place.
Girls Rock Campaign Boston
Girls Rock Campaign Boston empowers girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance. GRCB works to eradicate all the limiting myths about music and gender by helping girls speak up, sing out, and make a lot of noise!
They offer a volunteer run summer program for girls aged 8-17. During each session, girls have the opportunity to form bands, learn how to play an instrument (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, or vocals), compose an original song and perform live at a local rock venue – all in one week’s time. In addition to the band practices and instrumental lessons, GRCB also provides workshops geared towards self-esteem building and self-expression. They also offer Club GRCB, an after school program for girls in 7-12 grades, and Ladies Rock Camp Boston for women 21 and over. Amazing! We hope to catch one of the live performances this summer!
Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. How incredible is it that Boston is home to the first women's shelter in the U.S.? Remarkable!
Today, Rosie’s Place not only provides meals and shelter but also creates answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing and education services. Rosie’s Place relies solely on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations and does not accept any city, state or federal funding. Thanks to these donations, 88 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to services for poor and homeless women.
Check out the lineup of bands and their set times on the event’s Facebook page. Ladyfest Boston takes places at the YMCA Cambridge Theatre in Cambridge, Friday, April 14 from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 15 from 12 to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday April 16 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for single-day tickets or $35 for weekend passes and the event is open to all ages. Both single-day tickets and weekend passes are available for advanced purchase online.
Join us this weekend at Ladyfest Boston and devour the details of gender equality and women empowerment by supporting these wonderful organizations!