Ladyfest, 368 Ponce, Atlanta, GA
Ladyfest Atlanta serves as an intentional, queer, feminist space for women and gender nonconforming people. The annual festival brings together Atlanta-based artists, innovators and activists to share their work and speak out on local issues. Our mission is to celebrate and encourage community while also precipitating critical dialogue and education around anti-oppression work and action in Atlanta, especially as it relates to gender-centered oppression.
Our Ladyfest stems from a grassroots history. The first one took place in Olympia, WA in 2000. It was a 5-day festival that raised over $30,000 for local women’s projects/organizations–over 2,000 people came out to be a part of it. At the end of the festival, the organizers encouraged all of the attendees to go organize Ladyfests in their own towns. Now, Ladyfest has happened all over the world from New Orleans to New Zealand, with each festival focusing on specific local needs. Fifteen years later, a fierce team of volunteers banded together and formed the first ever Ladyfest Atlanta*, a multi-venue event hosted by Mammal Gallery, Eyedrum, Broad Street Visitors Center, and The Big House On Ponce.