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FLAWA’s Latinx Literary Fanzine is now available

There is still a long path to gender parity in the literary world – not to mention the artistic world in general – but with FLAWA festival and this fanzine we are adding our star to the constellation of initiatives that womxn are doing around the world.
Silvia Rothlisberger, Literary South

 

Edited by FLAWA Literary director, Silvia Rothlisberger of Literary South, the Latinx Literary Fanzine is a physical collection of the literary events from FLAWA festival 2019.

 

Featuring works from the eight female and gender diverse Latin American poets who performed during the festival, a short interview with each artist, poems created during the festival workshop and highlights from the two literary Q&As, this zine is also invigorated by new works of illustration by Mitucami Mituca and Francesca Tiley.

 

We launched the zine in September at the Bread & Roses, with an open mic poetry session and music from FLAWA collaborator  DJ Amancai. Guests also enjoyed a fascinating Literary South interview with Brazilian author Luiza Sauma about her second novel ‘Everything You Ever Wanted’. You can listen back to the episode, which covers privilege, depression, online dating, being a millennial in the literary sphere and science fiction, below.

 

We also sold copies at the wonderful London Spanish Book & Zine Fair in early October, alongside friends from La Tundra, De Lujurias y Musas, Feminist Library, LAWRS, El Ojo de la Cultura and many, many more.

 

 

Listen back to the Literary South interview with author Luiza Sauma here:

 

 

This weekend catch us here

We will be at the festival El Sueño Existe in Machynlleth 

This year the festival is focused on feminism and Mexico.

We will be speaking on Saturday 17th at 7:15pm at Victor Jara’s room about Latin-American Women in Arts and the way of using arts to make changes.

If you are around join us to this talk and lets get together to discuss about it and more.

Visit the website of the festival for more information: https://elsuenoexiste.wordpress.com

See you there!

We are looking for volunteers

Hello, we are on the search for enthusiastic volunteers to welcome into our small festival family. We are looking for people that can help us with our early stages prior to what we expect will be the second edition of our festival.

We are a small team working to create visibility of the work of women in arts. This is a project that was born last year and we are hoping to continue growing and developing it in this city. From the first edition we found many artists that where looking for a space to share their visions with other cultures. This has inspired us to keep growing and working to develop this initiative into a bigger project.

What will you gain from this volunteering?

  • A chance to make a difference and help a small project to grow and support women artists to be seen.
  • Event management skills,
  • Fundraising and marketing skills
  • Develop your CV.

Please let us know if you would be willing to volunteer 10 – 16 hours per week. We are flexible with the hours and you can work remotely:

Marketing creative:

  • Implementing marketing and advertising campaigns, digital and printed media
  • Increase visibility of the social media channels
  • Manage content strategy of the website and social media, checkout flow and promotional campaigns across devices and recommend and implement changes as appropriate.
  • Create & design digital content for the media channel
  • Research competitive areas of development by identifying and evaluating the relevant cultural environment.
  • Accomplish project goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Raise the kind of awareness that can drive development for the project.

Fundraising coordinator:

  • Researching prospective funders
  • Work with the Director to identify further fundraising opportunities and drafting funding applications
  • Work with the Marketing creative to develop content for the fundraising campaigns and events.
  • Coordinate fundraising events if the opportunity arises.

Please send us your cover letter and a CV to flawafestival@gmail.com

Somos Guerreras Talk

A night dedicated to women in music and their ways of transforming realities by using the arts to denounce hard social conditions that are affecting the reality of many women, specially in Central America.

We screened reflexive and heartbreaking short films documentaries from Central America, Desenredar el Ser by Anais Taracena (Guatemala). This short film talked about the story of one woman that represent the life of many others, that have been force to grow against her will. Also, we enjoyed Cápsula 2: Aurora Chaj – Cantautora by Colectivo Lemow (Guatemala), this is a beautiful short film that take us to through the life of this songwriter and popular musician that uses her music to tell stories about her life, women realities and create awareness of the life of many families in the city.

We then introduced and had a very thoughtful conversation with Somos Guerreras, a hip hop band from Central America that is a musical and artistic project that claims hip hop as a space for feminist struggle, consisting on Rebeca Lane, Audry Funk and Nakury.

Please see the interview made by Louise Morris, journalist for LAB – Latin American Bureau for this talk, here you can see the entire night, for those who couldn’t make it

Thanks to everyone who came, we had a full house this day!

 

How did it go?

Two months have passed since the first edition of FLAWA, the Festival of Latin American Women in Arts, that was full of contentment for all the team and artists involved over five days.

“We welcomed 68 Latin-American women artists in film, music, literature and visual arts throughout 5 days of concerts, talks, exhibitions, screenings, workshops and open activities. More than 2,000 people enjoyed the festival’s events and around 50K read about us in our social media!

With these results, we just wanted to say thank you for this outrageous reception to our project.

We are now supporting small events lead by Latin-American women in arts while cooking up and preparing more ideas for our second edition.

We will keep you informed about our upcoming events.

In the meantime, we would like to invite you to check our social media networks and website to know more about the upcoming events that we will be supporting or hosting to show how women are creating thoughtful changes, using different art expressions.”

Teresa Guanique (Director)

#transdayofvisibility

“So many people ask, ‘when are you going to do music about politics?’ But a trans black woman singing about love, crowding shows all over the country and world, is already very political” Liniker

Honouring Trans day of visibility #transdayofvisibility

photo via Liniker e os Caramelows