Preview: Ladyfest Ten

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 100 months ago
Preview: Ladyfest Ten

Woolly burlesque performer Lambchop Magoo: see her at the Twisted Beauty Pageant Cabaret on Saturday night
How time flies: Ladyfest is ten this year. The DIY, not-for-profit celebration of women's creativity and activism hits Highbury Corner and Holloway Road between 12th-14th November with so much stuff going on we're actually a little dizzy.

Music-wise, you can catch hip-hop on Friday night at The Horatia, or over at the Relentless Garage there's riot grrl on Saturday and lo-fi on Sunday. Stories, performance poetry and author readings come from Cathi Unsworth, Scarlett Thomas, Laura Dockrill, Liz Bentley and Dfiza Benson among others; Shazia Mirza, Helen Keen, Sarah Pascoe and more are on hand to make you laugh; watch documentaries and short films plus the chance to talk to the filmmakers; and there's theatre, dance and art if you need more to keep you entertained.

The Lady Garden is a crafty space to get creative in or, if you prefer to buy your one-offs, there's a marketplace at The Horatia all weekend. There are other ways to get involved too, in debates, workshops, yoga or even a football match.

As a taster, get down to the Southbank Centre this Friday for Girl Fawkes, a mixture of live music, poetry, storytelling and craftivism from Lulu and the Lampshades, You Are Wolf and Vanessa Woolf - Hoyle and best of all, this one's totally free.

Layfest Ten is on 12th-14th November at The Relentless Garaga, The Horatia, Studio La Danza and The Resource Centre. Tickets can be bought by day or weekend: music passes are £15-£35; 'rest of the fest' passes cost between £12.50-£40. For more information see the Ladyfest website. Girl Fawkes is at the Southbank Centre, 5th November 5.30pm, free.

Last Updated 02 November 2010