2nd Annual Nasty Women Unite Fest Extends Submission Deadline
Now in it's 2nd year, Nasty Women Unite Fest, in association with Fractured Atlas, will bring together individuals who identify as women, trans, femmes, or non-binary for their annual art festival in New York City running June 5th - June 8th, 2018. The festival will be held at TheatreLab on June 5th & 6th and Stonestreet Studios on June 7th & 8th in NYC.
"The idea of being a Nasty Woman is a concept, not an identifier. We are all Nasty Women - individuals who live proudly in the face of those who would rather silence us," says Kate Moran, Vice President of Nasty Women Unite Fest. "Our goal is to provide an opportunity for a new, diverse, collaborative, and supportive community, embracing artists of all mediums to promote intersectional feminism."
This multi-day festival aims to amplify voices that are often not heard in the mainstream media, providing a much-needed platform for talented women and trans artists of all mediums. We are searching for performers, filmmakers, dancers, comedians, actors, musicians, spoken word performers, and everything in between. Each of the four evenings will be split into thematic messaging: 'Belonging - a night on identity', 'Attachment - a night on love and loss', 'Strive - a night on career and power', and 'Being - a night on health, mind, and body'. Each accepted piece programmed into one of those evenings.
In addition, the festival will incorporate carefully curated panels and resource advocacy, fostering provoking discussion on many issues related to intersectional feminism. The 2018 festival is set to build on the momentum from last year's edition, which raised funds for the ACLU. In it's first year, narrowed down from over 100 submissions, the 2017 line-up showcased almost 40 artists across four nights, including filmmaker Poppy Liu, dancer Nikita Chaudry (a movement artist who played a role in organizing both the Women's March Convention), Lauren Ashley Rodgers and Maybe Burke, founding members of the Trans Literacy Project and, Boston based comedian Srilatha Rajamani. Aside from performances, NWUF featured multiple panels which focused on topics such as the fight for health and empowerment, how humor supports intersectional feminism, and challenging stigma through arts and technology - among others. Panelists included Sexpert and CEO Michelle Hope, Glamour's 'Screw Your Cancer Series' star and author of Dangerous Boobies: Breaking Up With My Time-Bomb Breasts Caitlin Brodnick, and Anna-Christina Douglas who has worked for Yahoo, Dropbox, and YouTube. You can find the full list of last year's artist and panelists here.
The 2018 slate (to be announced the first week of May) will continue in this realm, with speakers and panelists from prominent organizations led by prominent leaders who exemplify the NWUF mission, to help educate all of those involved on how to create more integrative, supportive, and effective activist communities. The Festival is curated by the programming team, including Allison Brzezinski, Kate Moran, Rebecca Aparicio, Katlin Nemeth, Christine Schisano, and Regina Hoyles.
"I am excited for Nasty Women Unite Fest to not only be a platform for performance, but for this year's festival to also focus on the importance of being an advocate and a resource," says founder and president Allison Brzezinski. "The #MeToo movement has had a tremendous impact by beginning to create a safe space for survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment to speak out and be supported. NWUF is a proud member of this conversation and hopes to continue being a safe space not only for female identifying artists, but for members of the trans community as well."