Festival Fever: Ladyfest Upstate, 5/3-4/13

Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde performing live @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, 3/27/10 (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Ladyfest is a worldwide festival that has existed for more than a dozen years. The first Ladyfest was held in Olympia, Washington in August, 2000. Now it’s being organized in our region.

Ladyfest Upstate – a community-based, not-for-profit global music and arts festival that presents the work of women, trans and gender nonconforming artists – will take place in various venues in Albany and Troy from Friday-Sunday, May 3-5.

The fest will feature a variety of events including educational workshops, informational skill sharing sessions, music, visual art, poetry, performance art and films.

Here’s the schedule of events for Ladyfest Upstate 2013:

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FRIDAY, MAY 3
FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY, Albany
5pm: ART EXHIBITION: First Friday art show featuring the work of Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Rosy Galvan, Kiki Vassilakis, Francesca Omolara, Zuleika Irvin
8:30pm: SPOKEN WORD READING: Featuring Triya Flores, Drew Cordes, Danny Hope and more

SATURDAY, MAY 4
WOMEN’S BUILDING, Albany
11:30am: DISCUSSION/WORKSHOP: “Radical Menstruation” with hosts Marwin & Caroline Margolies
1pm: WORKSHOP: “From Childbirth to Childcare: A Radical Doula’s Perspective” with host Cara Del Favero
WAMC-FM’S THE LINDA, Albany
6:30pm: CONCERT & DANCE PARTY featuring Adaku + Naima (6:30pm), Bell’s Roar (7:15pm), Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde (8pm), Cihuatl Ce (8:45pm) and DJs Rana Ransom and Mursi Layne (10pm)

SUNDAY, MAY 5
TROY BIKE RESCUE, Troy
11:30am: WORKSHOP: DIY Bicycle Maintenance and Repair with Sheila
ARTS CENTER OF THE CAPITAL REGION, Troy
1:30pm: CONCERT/PERFORMANCE: Youth Stage and Acoustic Concert featuring DJ Big Bang, Youth FX films & more (1:30pm), Olivia Quillio (3:10pm), Evan Greer (3:50pm), dancealisadance (4:30pm) and a special surprise performance (5:15pm)

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2013:
MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, Albany, 4/27/13
WILDWOODstock @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs, 4/28/13
Albany Tulip Festival @ Washington Park, Albany, 5/11-12-13, FREE
Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/6-9/13
Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam, 6/8-9/13
A Taste of Country Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/13-15/13
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival @ Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, 6/15-16/13
Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 6/21-23/13
Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, 6/28-30/13
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 6/29-30/13
CountryFest @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, 7/13/13
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 7/18-21/13
Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 7/20/13
The Big Up @ Hemlock Hollow Farm, Clavarack, 8/8-10/13
FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/20-22/13

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