LadyFest New Orleans

5th Anniversary Celebrating Women in the Arts November 2 – 6, 2011

The City of New Orleans honors LadyFest New Orleans with a Proclamation for their 5th Anniversary Celebrating New Orleans Women in the Arts on the steps of City Hall, 3:30 pm, Wednesday, November 2, 2011.  A Second-Line parade rolls at 4 pm to St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade for a Mass on “Women in the Bible” followed by dinner and a concert featuring Hazel and the Delta Ramblers and the Hannah KB Band.

LadyFest is a non-profit, music, spoken word and arts festival organized by local women of all identities to showcase, celebrate and encourage the music, dance, poetry, film, art and activism of women in New Orleans and to benefit local organizations that support women. 

LadyFest New Orleans’ 5-day event thrills with different delights daily:  seminars and art at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Avenue; pairing musicians, artists, poets and film at various venues.  Thursday, The Blue Trees, Sweet Jones, Lips and the Trips and Gaynielle “Queen G”Neville’s Ladies of New Orleans, et al jam at the Maison, 504 Frenchmen Street, and on Friday, Anais St. John, Olivia Greene, Estelle Campagne, Erica Falls, Sharon Martin & Betty Shirley’s Jazz reigns at Sweet Lorraine’s 1931 St. Claude. 

Saturday features Poetry and Book Signing by poets Valentine Pierce, Lee Grue, Omaira Falcon and Gina Fararra at the Maple Street Book Store in the New Orleans Healing Center from 11 am until 2 pm, with more poets downstairs in Café Istanbul from 1 to 6 pm.

Saturday night, LadyFest marches thru the city Parading from Buffa’s Bar at 1001 Esplanade, through the Treme ending on Frenchmen at the Maison when the YeMaYa Ladies Parade’s 2nd Line revelry arrives around 8pm with Mo’Lasses.  Zena Moses & Rue Fiya shine at 9 pm.

If you prefer to head straight to Frenchmen, Kelcy Mae’s music begins at the Maison at 7 pm and you may catch the dance performances UpStairs at the Blue Nile from 6 to 10 pm.

Sunday, the festival closes with film from 3 pm to 6 pm; then there’s swinging and singing in Café Istanbul from 3 pm until midnight with Romy Kaye, Patrice Fisher, Michaela Harrison, Gina Forsythe, Kelly Love Jones and the Honey Pots.

Local musician, poet and activist, Roselyn Lionhart spearheads the committee of women volunteers working together to create exciting entertainment.  For more information, or to schedule interviews with artists, poets and musicians, contact Roselyn at 504-949-3001. 

For complete schedules and more information, please check our LadyFest New Orleans Facebook Page and visit our website  We are a Louisiana Non-profit Corporation with 501c3 status under the aegis of the BackBeat Foundation. 

Glinda Mantle
LadyFest New Orleans
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