Nov 29th Info Is Up!

As we get closer to our big festival event, we are starting to put up more details..

There is now a list of workshops we will be hosting, as well as the bands and other information about our quiet room, children’s area, guidelines, tickets and a map of venues!

More information will keep trickling out over the next few weeks :)

Go have a look then!

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LaDIY ‘Sleepover Friends’

We love putting on shows, talks and other events, and we love being able to invite speakers, performers and artists from all over the place. In order to feature out of town acts, we need to make sure that they have a safe place to rest their heads and stow their gear at the end of the day.

Because we’re a collective and not a multi-million dollar international conglomerate or a new species of currency tree that makes £10 instead of leaves, the costs of putting up our special visitors can really add up. That’s where you come in!

If you have an extra room, couch, air mattress, or even a clean stretch of floor, you can sign up to become a member of the LaDIYfest Sleepover Friends! Next time we put on a jamboree, we’ll consult the LaDIYfest Sleepover Friends directory and pair you with your ideal sleepover chum!

Things you’ll get by becoming a Sleepover Friend Club Member: a warm fuzzy feeling that comes from helping others, memories that you can tell your grandkid or random people on the bus, and when possible, free entry to certain events!

Things you will not get by becoming a Sleepover Friend Club Member: We will never pressure you into taking a houseguest just because you are a member of the club. If we call upon you to take in speakers or performers and you don’t feel up to it for any reason, you are under no obligation to say yes.

Sound good? Just fill out this brief form and become a member today!

Your survey information will be kept completely confidential and will never be shared with anyone outside of LaDIYfest Sheffield for any reason. We will keep it secret, keep it safe…



(Big thanks to Gabby for being the technical whizz behind this!)

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100 Days of Activism

Have you been following #100daysofactivism ?

“You may have already heard about #100 Days of Activism started by Let’s Start a Pussy Riot collective to try and challenge and redefine ideas around creative and political activism. Let’s Start a Pussy Riot published a book last year with Rough Trade Records, a collection of creative responses to the incarceration of Russian Punk band Pussy Riot. Following the release of the book we toured UK Universities and found that students although politically engaged and passionate about political issues – most did not identify as “Activists” – we felt that perhaps we needed to reframe and redefine what activism means for young people today. This is where our #100 Days of Activism campaign comes in, we want to create a buzz on social media about activism in its many forms and engage and inspire people to see how even small steps can make a big difference.”




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Audre Lorde: A Legacy of Warmth and Anger

Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years: A Preview

At a time when it’s perceived to be progressive to broadcast your ability to ‘look beyond’ race, gender, sexuality and other markers of difference, it’s useful for us to remember the words of Audre Lorde. It is not ‘those differences between us that are separating us,’ she explained, ‘rather [it is] our refusal to recognise those differences and to examine the distortions which result from our misnaming them and their effects upon human behaviour and expectation’. Audre Lorde was born in New York City in 1934, the daughter of Caribbean immigrants from Granada, and 2012 – the release date of Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years – marked the 20th anniversary of her death. Up until she died at the age of 58, and throughout her long illness, Audre Lorde published fifteen volumes of poetry, a novel, and many collections of essays, of which The Cancer Journals and Sister Outsider received worldwide attention. Her legacy of anger and (sometimes uncomfortable) honesty, but also of warmth and kindness, remains an important part of literary, feminist and anti-racist University and activist curricula.

This year, just like every year, is a time when we need to see difference due to the hatred and injustice which still persist. When Mike Brown, an 18 year-old unarmed black man visiting his Grandmother, is killed by police in Ferguson for no other reason than the perceived threat of the black body. When, in response, one black protester holds a placard which reads ‘truth is, we are all one bullet away from being a hashtag’. And when, after this horrific incident and nationwide protests which followed, some Black feminists highlight the disparity between the media attention granted to the murders of black men and the lesser visibility given to the murders of black women, and especially black trans women. In the words of Jessica Pierce, national co-chair of the Black Youth Project 100, ‘we need justice that recognizes that Black lives actually matter. Not just Black heterosexual male lives but all Black lives’.

Then, when Django Unchained actress, Daniele Watts, is assumed to be a sex worker by American police simply because she is ‘caught’ kissing her white boyfriend. Reni Eddo-Lodge calls our attention to the story’s ‘ugly intersection’ in which the stigmatisation of sex workers and the scrutiny of black women converge. She asks why it is that black women are ‘still not deemed good enough for white men’. And lastly, when a black trans woman is verbally abused and violently attacked in a New York Subway and the Youtube video goes viral, but for all the wrong reasons.

In Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years, we witness Lorde’s lasting contributions to the German political and cultural scene before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. She works to engender the empowerment of Afro-German women, just as she challenges white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways. This special screening of the documentary, a first of its kind in Sheffield, provides a rare opportunity to catch Lorde on film, and encourages us to reflect on why these conversations still matter and how we can learn from her words today. If you’re not already familiar with Lorde’s powerful prose and verse, now is your chance to become acquainted.

This collaboration between the Showroom, the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Gender Research and LaDIYfest Sheffield is illustrative of the scope and reach of Audre Lorde’s work and our shared belief in its continuing value.

Charlotte Jones
LaDIYfest Sheffield and Centre for Gender Research

[You can watch Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years on Monday 6th October, 6.30pm at the Showroom Cinema. A short introduction to the film will be provided by Azeezat Johnson, a Black feminist and PhD student at the University of Sheffield, working with Black British Muslim Women. Please join us in the bar afterwards for a drink and further discussion. For more information on the screening, please click here.  A Facebook event can be found here, and Showroom ticketing information is here.]

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‘Good Night Out’ Comes To Sheffield!


Good Night Out campaign against sexual harassment launches in Sheffield with 20 pubs and clubs signed up. The campaign launches on 29th September.

By signing up venues commit to the Good Night Out pledge that harassment will not go unchallenged in their spaces;

‘We want you to have a good night out. If something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable, no matter how minor it seems, you can report it to any member of staff and they will work with you to make sure it doesn’t have to ruin your night.’

Good Night Out Pledge

The pledge is displayed on a poster in all male and female toilets in participating venues. Venues in Sheffield have requested a total 250 posters so they will be very visible.
All staff at participating venues will also receive training from Good Night Out on how to respond to sexual harassment when it occurs.

The campaign is aimed at the common form of harassment that has become normalised on nights out such as groping, leering, inappropriate touching or inappropriate comments. It’s hoped by displaying posters in male and female toilets will prevent cases of harassment by setting clear boundaries about what is acceptable behaviour. The posters also encourage people to report cases of harassment and with our training venues will be able to respond appropriately.

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, said:
“The Good Night Out campaign has my full support. If we want people to have a good night out in Sheffield then we must have zero tolerance for any form of harassment. Bars, clubs, venues and pubs have a key role to play in preventing and tackling unacceptable behaviour and I’m pleased so many Sheffield venues are already backing this excellent campaign. I hope more venues sign up soon and pledge to not let harassment go unchallenged.”

Good Night Out Coordinator, Steph Ratcliffe says ‘We have been overwhelmed by the support received by the pubs and clubs of Sheffield and their desire to stamp out the sort of harassment that has become routine on a night out. Good Night Out will ensure that unwanted bum pinching, boob grabbing and inappropriate comments are dealt with consistently. It will remind everyone that this behaviour is not welcome in Sheffield’

The campaign is also backed by the Sheffield Best Bar None Scheme and Sheffield Rape Crisis Centre (SRASAC)

The is the first ever coordinated national action around safety on nights out, the Good Night Out. Good Night Out will launch during Fresher’s Week 2014 in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Oxford, Bristol, Glasgow, Nottingham, Brighton, Galway, Limerick, and the Medway towns in Kent, with more cities signing up every day.

Sheffield venues that have signed up are:

1. Plug
2. Corporation
3. The Harley
4. The Leadmill
5. Soyo
6. Tiger Works
7. The Common Room
8. DQ
9. West Street Live
10. Frog and Parrott
11. Hallam University Union
12. Sheffield University Union
13. Dempseys
14. Twist and Fuel
15. Paris
16. Crystal
17. Beg Steal & Borrow
18. Bowery
19. Rocking Chair
20. Bloo 88
21. The Old House

More info: Steph Ratcliffe: /


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Fundraising Thoughts

With our November event getting closer, we’ve been discussing the idea of running the finance/fundraising side of things slightly differently this year, and we wanted to write this post to explain our thoughts and see what your opinions were. Being transparent about how we run events and the decisions behind that is very important to us and, as ever, we welcome your feedback or suggestions to help guide us along.

Each year in December we publish our ‘financial report’ for that year, showing what we’ve spent money on and where our money has come from in the preceding 12 months. In the early days, we fundraised an awful lot during the year through events such as gigs and films, so that our big festival event in November would be paid for ahead of the event, meaning that any and all money donated on the door would go 100% to the particular local women’s organisation we were supporting that year. For the first few years, this was a manageable way to work, and then we were ‘employed’ to co-ordinate the first big Hidden Perspectives event with Sheffield University, for which our time input was paid for at a standard hourly rate. This money meant we didn’t – and haven’t – needed to fundraise in quite the same way since then as we’ve had funds behind us to supplement the activities we organise and our general costs. With the pressure off fundraising, we’ve spread more of the money raised at events around the performers and participants involved, we’ve become a member of the Audacious Arts Experiment and we’ve been able to take greater risks with the events we put on.

However, that money was obviously not going to last forever, and as each year has gone by, LaDIYfest Sheffield has grown and expanded and we’re now putting on much bigger events throughout the year, some of which are free, and costs (which we on occasion are absorbing ourselves) continue to grow.

Discussions on this year’s big November event have therefore focused a bit more on the future, in terms of how we will run and fund next year. With projected costs for the remainder of this year, we will be left with very few funds (if any) going forward. While we are making attempts to seek an extra revenue stream to support us (such as applying to the Sheffield Town Trust for a grant), we cannot guarantee being successful and, even if we make a renewed effort to fundraise for ourselves through gigs and other events, we’d also love to make LaDIYfest bigger, better and more accessible, and this is probably going to come with new costs.

In order to continue to try and remain self-funded, we have decided to use our big November event this year to help us start 2015 with some money behind us, by splitting the profits made between WiCAT and LaDIYfest on a 50/50 basis.

This is what we would welcome your thoughts on, or to see if anyone has any additional ideas we may not have considered, that could help us survive and continue to thrive!

Please either comment on this post, or drop us an email or message via any medium you prefer.

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Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years, 6th October, Showroom Cinema!

Monday 6th October, 6.30pm, Showroom Cinema


In collaboration with the Showroom Cinema and the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Gender Research, LaDIYfest Sheffield are very pleased to present Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992. A short introduction to the film will be provided by Azeezat Johnson, a Black feminist and PhD student at the University of Sheffield, working with Black British Muslim Women. Please join us in the bar afterwards for a drink and further discussion.

‘Audre Lorde: writer, activist, poet, scholar, mother, warrior, lesbian, black, woman, feminist. Audre Lorde: who always took the risk of naming herself, of asserting her right to exist in a world that made her existence difficult. In this film, Audre Lorde reaches out to each of us; we can hear her voice, follow her in her travels, as she walks down a street, laughs, talks, eats, dances, reads and even sings her poems. To have this footage of Audre Lorde in Berlin, a city she visited many times between 1984 and 1992, is an extraordinary gift’ – Sara Ahmed, 2012.

Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 documents Audre Lorde’s influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change, a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-unification of East and West Germany. This chronicles an untold chapter of Lorde’s life: her empowerment of Afro-German women, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways.

A Facebook event can be found here and Showroom ticketing information is here.

All welcome!

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