Ladyfest Edinburgh

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What is Ladyfest?

It is a global celebration of women in the arts, culture and society. The first Ladyfest was held in Olympia WA, USA in 2000 and since then hundreds of festivals across the world have been organised under the Ladyfest banner.

Every Ladyfest is unique, and organised by local women, using their own ideas and priorities. The festivals are often influenced by Riot Grrrl and/or DIY culture.

Ladyfest Edinburgh

Ladyfest Edinburgh is a non-profit, community based festival designed by and for women to showcase the women's artistic talents across all artforms including visual arts, poetry, literature, music, dance, performance and comedy. Each year the group create an alternative cultural space for the creative expression of women. The events are predominantly women-run but all are welcome to attend. By providing an arts space, we aim build up strong links within the local community, working with a diverse range of individuals and already established groups across Edinburgh and the surrounding area.


This year we will be introducting a Self Portraits project which aims to engage with young women by taking art workshops to their locales. We will be working with already established groups who can provide Ladyfest and the young people involved with a safe space to explore issues of identity through art.

Women's Fund for Scotland

Ladyfest Edinburgh is supported by the Women's Fund for Scotland, as well as our own fundraising efforts.

Ticket Sales: available online from Ticketsource (booking fees 10%, min 50p)
If you don't have a credit card or would just prefer not to buy things online, then you can e-mail them to reserve a ticket for collection at a later date.
Tickets will also be available on the door at events.

Weekend Pass: For those who are keen to see all of the events, we will be offering a limited number of weekend passes for the bargain price of £10 each.

Check out our the Interactive Venue Map

Thursday 24th September

Comedy Night: Sian Bevan and Guests
Local comedy-circuit regular Sian Bevan (**** - The List) hosts your evening's entertainment, featuring Jojo Sutherland, formerly-bearded lady Liz Ely, and others. 
Doors at 7pm
Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter's Place (Top of Leith Walk)
Tickets £4

Friday 25th September

Sister Spit Poster

Sister Spit @ Ladyfest
Acclaimed spoken word and performance art group Sister Spit will be dropping in on us as part of their European Tour. It's a rare opportunity to see them on this side of the Atlantic - not to be missed!
Note: this event is BYOB as there will be no bar.
8pm - 1am (doors at 7.30)
The Big Red Door, Lady Lawson Street
Suggested Donation: £5

Saturday 26th September

Ladyfest Workshops

A day of creative workshops: Click here for further details

If you would like to take part in the Stand Up Comedy workshop, please phone 0131 557 5869 and leave a message with your name and number, or e-mail us.

The Bowery, Roxburgh Place (underneath the Roxy Art House)
11am - 5pm
Entry by donation, or free for weekend ticket-holders

Ladyfest's Big Gig
A Saturday night cabaret celebration of local female performers!
Acts including: Sellotape, Zorras, Hailey Beavis and Jo Foster.
The Bowery, Roxburgh Place (underneath the Roxy Art House)
8pm - late
Tickets £4

Sunday 27th September

Galleries Tour

Gallery walk and talk about women in visual art past, present and future.

Leaving from the Fruitmarket Gallery at 2pm


Ladyfest Movies @ The Brass Monkey


Movies about inspiring women, shown in the comfort of the Cinema Room of the Brass Monkey pub in Drummond Street. Their film licence doesn't allow us to advertise the film titles in advance, so you'll have to trust us when we say that we've got a good one.

From 8pm


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