Why a womyns‘ festival?
A look at the situation nationwide reflects the local situation at theatres and the visibility of female theatre makers: with 22% artistic directors, 30% directors and 24% authors (as of 2014), womyn are underrepresented in theatres. The IWTF is the first contemporary womyns’ theatre and performance festival in Frankfurt. Since 2017 it has been creating space for feminist expression in an international and self-organised framework. Everyone can be on stage and in the audience, as directors and in other key positions we explicitly wish for womyn. Because: Who owns the stage is not a perpetual fact, but a question of negotiation and intervention. Helping hands and respectful treatment are welcome from all genders and we invite men to experience womyns as protagonists of the IFTF.
The International Womyns’ Theatre Festival is part of The Magdalena Project, a dynamic, intercultural network for women interested in theatre. Since 1986, this women’s network has linked various performance groups and people who want to support women’s artistic work. The focus is on the performing arts, with theatre exercises, support and physical training, performance and research as well as space for discussion and reflection.
Collective space of negotiation and performance 2020
This year’s theme is “Collective Empowerment Across Borders”. The focus is on the task of creating a common space – a space for mutual empowerment, for tracking down geopolitical, gendered and age-related boundaries within us, for going beyond internalised limitations and for artistic expression. Here we question: How can cultural work have a feminist and solidarity effect? What do we need as womyn in the arts to work without boundaries?
The 4th IWTF should again have the character of a festival for an interested audience as well as a symposium and expert meeting for womyn in theatre. Theatre makers and performers will appear on 4 days, hold workshops and exchange ideas with the audience and invited socially active womyn from science, art and culture. The workshops are financed by a participation fee and are reserved as a shelter mainly for womyn. Admission to all other events is free and open to all genders.
The cultural event will take place in physical as well as digital form, taking into account all hygiene requirements. The number of visitors is limited.