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What’s the ethos behind Creative Womyn
In our org anisation name we chang ed
the word women to “womyn” with a “y ” because
we want women to ask why? To constantly
challenge the things which oppress women - why
we don’t yet have pay equality; why violence
ag ainst women is so persistently present in our
society; why women and girls are trafficked
around the world. It’s a feminist, activist “y ” to
spark up conversation, to keep us conscious about
the treatment of womyn. And to challenge sexism
in our lang uage – why not take the men out of
womyn, make a statement and reclaim lang uag e?
Our events provide ways for women to tap
into creative community, information and
Why is now the right time to let women loose
on the Sydney Opera House once more?
Sorting through my precious archives last year I
realised that 2011 is the 20th anniversary of a huge
Lesbian Conference and Festival held in Sydney on
July 8-14,1991. On the final night a gala concert was
held at the Sydney Opera House. Gabe Journey and
I feel excited about producing this reunion concert
with the addition of younger lesbian performers.
Two concerts for the price of one! That started many
conversations with friends and 2011 Lesbians in the
House concert took shape.
What can people expect from the Sydney
Opera House concert?
The concer t will be a magical night for lesbian
community... Seated under the sails of the Opera
Theatre the audience will enjoy performances
from opera sing er Deborah Cheetham, folk icon
Judy Small, indy band Bluehouse, jazz vocalist
Anique, soul sing er Shauna Jensen, and Jive with
Jeanette dancers to name just a few. Journalist and
Presenter Julie McCrossin will be par t of a special
seg ment and a mass lesbian community choir
has been called tog ether under the dire ction of
Sydne y Spiritfest Choir leaders. Young lesbian
sing er song writers have been invited to apply to
be part of a showcase of young talent. We will also
have an in memor y seg ment to honour our lesbian
sisters who have died in the last 20 years. There
will be many delightful surprises throughout the
night. You’ll laugh and you will probably cr y too.
Tell us about Lesbian Weekender?
In planning the Lesbians in the House Concert,
we’ve had so much support and interest that
we thought it would be g reat to provide other
lesbian e vents throughout the weekend for those
travelling to Sydney for the concert.
We have org anised a bush dance on Friday
night 8 July in Marrickville with special guest
performer Aussie KD Twang. Newtown is the
heart of lesbian Sydney for many women and we
are excited about hosting “A Day in Ne wtown”
on Saturday 9 July. We have organised a full
programme in the Newtown Neighbourhood
Centre hall including Lesbian Artisans Market;
Poetry Session; short films by Girls’ Own
Pictures; Lesbian Walking Tour ending with a
BBQ lunch at The Women’s Librar y; Open Mic
and a Forum facilitated by Katrina Fox.
What do you hope the punters take away
from the concert and the weekender?
A sense of belonging to a diverse and dynamic
community. An appre ciation of lesbian artists.
Visibility. Entertainment. Fun. Connection.
Inspiration. Happy memories.
What: Lesbians in the House Concert
When: Sunday 10 July 2011. 6pm foyer opens with
drummers and photographic exhibition. 7pm-11pm
Where:The Sydney Opera House, Opera Theatre
Lesbian Weekender details:
Georgina Abrahams, Producer & Director of CWDU fesses up...
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