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Since 2018, Irondale has curated the On Women Festival, inviting submissions from female-identifying artists and giving them a megaphone through which to amplify their individual creative voices.
Each year the Festival is curated by a diverse group of artists who help us be inclusive of all voices, both in the performances that are selected and the people who moderate and participate in the panel discussions.
This year’s On Women Festival centers on the COVID 19 pandemic and its effect on female-identifying artists of all kinds. We seek stories of perseverance, activism, bravery, and love in the face of everyday adversity. Tell us your story.
The Festival will include both online and in person components. Selections will be programmed in one of the following categories:
Two different theatrical productions will be selected with the assistance of guest curators.
A collection of New Media Storytelling videos can be submitted by artists from all over the world. The videos are not part of the Festival’s curated programming and will be hosted on an online platform. Submitted works can represent a wide variety of styles, genres, and approaches to storytelling.
One or two nights of cabaret-style live performances.
Lead and moderated by our guest curators, each one of the conversations has special guest panelists and a theme or topic for discussion.
During the month of March, when women are celebrated and honored all around the world, Irondale usually hosts the On Women Festival, giving female-identifying artists the platform to celebrate their own experiences. Created in 2018, each iteration of this festival has been different and unique, just like the creators and the shows that are part of it.
In 2022, the Festival will happen in July and have a hybrid format, with online and in-person performances, and it will be a celebration of the women who have kept society running in all facets of life, current, and past, and the stories that they’ve made. And to make sure we’re uplifting and empowering the voices of marginalized artists, Irondale will continue working closely with a diverse group of artists to help curate the festival and moderate the Artists Exchange panel discussions.
We have all suffered losses during this pandemic. Whether it be a house or an apartment, our social lives, a new job opportunity, that vacation you were dreaming about for 2 years, an election, or maybe a friend or a family member.
Irondale is inspired by all womxn-identifying people who have suffered, fought, persevered, or been lost to the unprecedented events of the last year and a half.
From the frontline worker who worked 20 hours a day and slept in her car, to the mother, daughter, sister, friend who passed before it was their time.
Throughout our history women have always been among the most affected by tragedy, challenge, and setbacks. Their struggles have taught us many lessons: What does it mean to identify as a woman? What challenges are inherent in that experience? What lessons can we glean from the lives of all types of women? That’s what we want to hear from you! On Women Festival 2022 seeks stories of perseverance, activism, bravery, and love in the face of everyday adversity.
Let’s allow their stories to keep moving us forward.
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