This year Ladyfest hosts a specially created event for Wonder Women, exploring themes on visibility, body politics and identity in the context of the modern music industry.
This one-day event aims to encourage women to get involved in the music industry through practical sound production and music business
workshops, plus an interactive lab from pioneers developing access for disabled musicians and promoters.
There’s a chance to hear Caro C – co-founder of Delia Derbyshire Day – deliver her talk ‘Visibility is Key’ on women in tech and electronic music. The musical programme rounds off with a panel discussion from key female figures in the music industry.
Wrapping up the day is the local body positive campaign ‘Free to be OK with Me’ – with workshops to encourage acceptance of our own bodies whatever their shape and with activist art shining a light on key body image issues.
13:00 Practical and interactive workshops
15:00 Caro C - Visibily is Key
15:30 Q&A Panel - Moderated by Abigail Ward
17:30 Body Positive Campaign - Free to be OK with me
Panelists: Mandy Wigby, Liz Dobson, Henrietta Smith-Rolla, Susan O'Shea & Janet Wolstenholme
MODERATOR - ABIGAIL WARD
Abigail Ward is an award-winning curator, writer & DJ with over fifteen years' experience in the music industry and cultural sector. She specialises in Greater Manchester music history; music and disability; and LGBT music culture. Abigail works regularly as a freelance project manager for Drake Music - a charity that uses technology to open up access to music for disabled people of all ages. She is the co-founder of Manchester District Music Archive.
Liz is the founder of the Yorkshire Sound Women Network, and a lecturer in computer based music/sound production for film and media at The University of Huddersfield. Her PhD research into music technology education highlighted the power of co-creating for fostering confidence; a principle that motivates her work with women and girls outside the university setting.
Mandy is a freelance musician, producer and music technologist who mentors young producers at Gorse Hill Studios.
From1988 Mandy worked in the seminal studio Out of the Blue with many artists including James, Oasis, The Verve, 808 State, Kath Carroll and the Chemical Brothers.
Playing keyboards, she toured internationally with Lionrock reaching number 19 in the Uk charts and was a founder member of Sisters Of Transistors, Danger Diabolik and Phoney with Dj’s Kath Mcdermott and Philippa Jarman.
Recently Mandy was commissioned to create a piece inspired by Delia Derbyshire’s archive that was performed live with accompanying films by Di Mainstone, and will feature in DD Day 2017.
She is currently part of the collective Architects Of Rosslyn whose recent projects have been to develop the Sensory Soundpit installation with Di, Howard Jacobs and a team of coders for the European City of Science 2016.
Sociologist, musician, activist. Susan is a lecturer in Sociology in Manchester Metropolitan University where she teaches on music, movements and protest and mixed methods research. Susan is currently working on a Comic Relief funded project to encourage girls and young women identified as ‘gang-involved’ across Greater Manchester to construct positive support networks through creative participation, sporting activities and peer-led mentoring, building resilience and making positive choices towards gang desistance. Susan’s PhD examined the social networks of Ladyfest organisers in the UK and she has been known to organise one or two festivals in the past! When not teaching about music or organising events she regularly plays live with the Salford based post-punk electronic duo Factory Acts.
Henrietta Smith-Rolla AKA AFRODEUTSCHE
Henrietta will be will be performing her live piece of music she produced for the award winning non narrative film on humanity 'Baraka', at the RNCM on Friday 10th February. Henrietta has supported Carl Craig in Ibiza, playing in Cologne and Festival No6 last summer. She is a British born Ghanaian/Russian/German recording artist, producer, singer and DJ based in Manchester. Her production crosses a wide range of styles, classical solo piano, detroit techno, house and electro. Henrietta has performed in Sisters of Transistors a 5-piece Synth and Electronic Organ band amongst many others.
Janet is a multi instrumental musician, composer and film maker, with a wide knowledge of recording and producing music, sounds, poetry and spoken word. Since 2009 she has worked at Seed Community Studio in Old Trafford Manchester that specialise in nurturing people who have never had the chance to express themselves through making and recording music. She continues to learn from all the people she meets in the studio and from living and learning.
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