There’s lots of “now what?” Like many of you, I’m sad about this cultural institution ending, but there’s still women’s community out there. Here’s a list. Study it. There will be a quiz later.
(If you want to know more about the festival and its end, there’s a great article here.)
Women’s festivals still exist
There are several, from the Virginia Women’s Music Festival, to west coast’s Fabulosa Fest. If you’re not a camper, try the National Women’s Music Festival. There’s a more complete list at the end of this post.
Play music with other women
If making music with other women is what flips your switch, try one of these women’s music camps –– WoMaMu (California), Summer Sing (Montana), NW Women’s Music Celebration (Washington state), Women’s Hearts and Hands Guitar Camp (California) and Women and Harmony Music Camp (Virginia). Want to drum? Try the Ontario Womyn’s Drum camp. or Born to Drum (California). If you’re into singing with women, check out the plethora of women’s choruses. Google “your city, women’s chorus” or start with the Sister Singers Network.
There are women’s spiritual festivals, like the Elderflower Womenspirit Festival (California), Daughters of Diana (California) and Womynspirit Festival (Ontario). Not to mention the Wiccan temples, Unitarian Churches and so many other spaces that offer women-only empowerment.
The Midwest Wimmin’s Festival offers a lot. There are other groups that organize similar events. If not, start one!
Other women’s space
The Highlands Inn is a great place to stay. They offer free concerts for their guests. There are women’s B&Bs, as well as women’s land, all over the world. Google ’em.
Create your own space
Women are already talking about what they want to create after Michigan is gone. All power to us! Keep plugged into social media to see what’s going on. Know of a cool campground near you? Create your own mini-festival.
As of this writing, Michigan organizer Lisa Vogel hasn’t said what will happen to the land. If it’s sold, I hope the people who buy it are prepared for an influx of women every August.
Continue to support women’s art
There are lots of female indie musicians and comics who tour. Support them and tell your friends. The same for visual artists and for other performers like playwright Carolyn Gage. They aren’t going to stop because one festival ends.
All right, Amazons, rise!
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