Ladyfest Midwest Chicago, as it was originally called, was more than just a four-day festival. It was a community event that raised nearly $20,000 for Chicago Women’s Health Center and Women in the Director’s Chair. The event brought together more than 4,000 people from around the world. One hundred bands, 40 visual artists, 35 spoken-word artists, 47 film and video makers, 38 performance artists, 50-plus workshop hosts, and 100 volunteers congregated in the Windy City on August 16–19, 2001.
To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of what we now call Ladyfest Midwest, the original organizers are teaming up to host a benefit the weekend of August 19, 2011 for Chicago Women’s Health Center, in addition to building this archive of photographs from and writings about the 2001 festival.
Did you help plan Ladyfest Midwest? Did you attend? Or participate as an artist or presenter? Help document history by submitting your work to the Ladyfest Midwest Archive. Our goal is to start this project online, and it may eventually evolve into a print or multimedia project.