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FEMFEST 2024 Heads to The Actors

Brighton’s only arts festival made by and for AFAB, Non-Binary and Trans+ people returns with a belter of a line-up. Celebrating its fifth year, everything heads to The Actors (on Brighton’s Princes St) on Thurs 7 – Sun 10 March.

It boasts 27 events across four days. Highlights include: Tatenda Naomi Matsvai’s brand new poetry-theatre piece, Monument, and Banana Beard, a musical-comedy show from Su Mi. There’s also brand-new work from Selena Mersey, with Bisexuelle (work in progress), Mersey was a FemFest Early Career Artist in 2023 and went on to win the Brighton Fringe Lamb Comedy Award 2023 and the Brighton Fringe Seagull Best Concept in 2023 with her previous show Madonna/Whore.

Elisabeth Gunawan and Saksi Bisou join the line-up, with Unforgettable Girl, after rave reviews at Edinburgh Fringe 2023, while Cairo-trained Belly Dancer, Lucy Andrina will be running a belly dancing workshop.

There’s three brand new Early Career Artists being mentored and assisted by FemFest to make their work tour-ready following the festival. These include Ineka Collective with Pleasure Chapters: No More Salad, which navigate beauty standards, health, and body image through dance and storytelling, Lucy Gaydecki with Lovely Day, a verbatim show exploring motherhood through the lens of Mumsnet, and LINDA(?) from Ellie Brewster, which looks at how far women have been taught to cater to other people’s needs.

Bisexuelle

Dad, the winner of Brighton Drag Pageant 2023, is also bringing a brand-new cabaret night to the festival. Gender Blender promises to platform the best, weirdest and most wonderful trans+artists from Brighton and beyond.

“We can’t believe that 2024 will be our fifth year of running FemFest in Brighton,” says Maddie Ross, Artistic Director of FemFest. “ We have theatre, cabaret, workshops, clown, poetry, comedy and much much more at our little Feminist Utopia. There really is something for everyone, by buying a ticket you are supporting AFAB, Non-Binary and Trans people as well as supporting FemFest and ensuring we can keep bringing you rebellious and experimental work year on year.”

For more details,, visit: www.femfestbrighton.co.uk

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