Celebrating the talents and achievements of the female artists and businesswomen in the Preston area, LadyFest is on this weekend with a host of free and cheaply priced volunteer run events.
The festival kicked off this afternoon with “LadyFest Getting Loud in the Library” at the Harris Library at 1.30pm. There was music and poetry from a selection of local and international artists, including Preston’s very own songbird Katie Ryan.
There are also two music events happening this evening; Bird Record featuring Jane Weaver at The New Continental, and Ladies eKlectic at Korova Arts Café (both start at 7.30pm).
So why is it important to celebrate the talented women of Preston? One organiser, Millie Lavelle, paraphrases Josh Whedon: “It’s important to celebrate female talent in Preston because we keep getting asked that question.”
The theme of female empowerment continues with an event hosted at UCLan’s Media Innovation Studio tomorrow (Saturday). Rachel Elnaugh – founder of the gift experiences business Red Letter Days, and an investor in the first two series of the BBC’s Dragon’s Den – will be presenting a talk on #TheFutureisFeminine supported by a Q&A panel of the North-West’s most respected and acclaimed businesswomen.
LadyFest also raises awareness and funds for local charity Preston Domestic Violence Services (PDVS), which runs a number of refuge houses in the Preston and Chorley areas and support sufferers of domestic violence.
Ms Lavelle personally nominated the charity. She is part of the “1 in 4 sufferer of domestic violence” statistic frequently used in the media. Knowing first hand the reality of domestic violence, Lavelle lost her mother in 1996 when she was killed by her partner.
“It was great when we collectively chose to support PDVS,” says Ms Lavelle. “And also we later discovered that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, it felt like we’d made the right choice in choosing to spotlight the hard working team at PDVS.”
LadyFest wraps up on Sunday evening with a show at the Frog & Bucket Comedy Club featuring Kiri Pritchard McLean, Lou Conran, Katie mcCable and Allyson June Smith (Tickets £5 adv. £8 door.)
For information on the above mentioned events and others happening this weekend, go to www.ladyfestpreston.com.
Also keep updated at facebook.com/LadyFestPreston, and follow their twitter @LadyFestPreston to hear about all the events.
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