is a non-profit music, spoken word and arts festival organized by local women of all identities to showcase, celebrate and encourage the music, poetry, film, art and activism of women in New Orleans and to benefit local organizations that support women. We are committed to inspiring self-empowerment and we welcome and encourage all people who support the education, advancement, and celebration of women to attend the festival. We feel that providing a venue for women artists counters the obstacles and discrimination that women often face, including sexism, homophobia and racism. Our intended objective is the creation of an annual festival where women can perform with other women (and men) in a safe, dominantly female-friendly, non corporate environment. Ladyfest is open and inviting to both men and women, of all ages and backgrounds.