Today I’ll be busy driving up to Healesville with TessMckenna and Karen Rush to do a gig for the Sista Fest, an IWD event organised by two women. Apparently it’s not the name of a one-off music festival but an ongoing moveable feast, raising money for women’s services:
Warburton entrepreneurs Cindy Smith and Dawn Holland make up half of Sista Fest, a new group which will present its first festival event in Healesville on 8 March, International Women’s Day…
…With Merryn Tinkler and Jennifer Grinter, Cindy and Dawn founded Sista Fest, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at raising funds for women’s health and education within Australia and around the world by promoting women’s artistic expression.
Dawn said the seed for Sista Fest was sown last year when the women shared their grief at too many friends lost to diseases such as breast, cervical and ovarian cancers.
Sista Fest will be officially launched at the IWD Music Festival.
We’ll be playing one hour set and the rest of the time will just be a weekend away from the family, with a late night, a leisurely brekky and then an equally leisurely drive back to town. Hard graft, I know, but I’m willing to step up and make that sacrifice.
In lieu of an actual IWD post, then, I give you this PDF by two 1970 born women: a day without feminism. It’s an interesting thought experiment. It would be good to try adapting the idea (with attribution) to an Australian historical and social context. A project for another time.