Tuesday 17 January 2017

Glastonbury music festival to feature first ever women-only venue

Dean Gray

Published 09/06/2016 | 02:30

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performs at last year’s Glastonbury festival. Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images
Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performs at last year’s Glastonbury festival. Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

This year the huge Glastonbury music festival will feature its first ever women-only venue, called The Sisterhood.

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According to reports in the 'Guardian' newspaper, it has been described by the organisers as a "revolutionary clubhouse" open to "all people who identify as women".

The Sisterhood will be an "intersectional, queer, trans and disability-inclusive space" and will be staffed entirely by people who identify as female, from performers to security staff.

In a statement, the venue's organisers said: "The producers of The Sisterhood believe that women-only spaces are necessary in a world that is still run by and designed to benefit mainly men. Oppression against women continues in various manifestations around the world today, in different cultural contexts."

They continued: "Sisterhood seeks to provide a secret space for women to connect, network, share their stories, have fun and learn the best way to support each other in our global struggle to end oppression against women and all marginalised people, while showcasing the best and boldest female talent in the UK and beyond."

The Sisterhood will be in the festival's Shangri-La zone, where there will be live music, DJs and workshops on intersectionality, diversity and inclusion.

There will also be daily dance classes and, surely best of all, DIY power tools workshops.

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