This years Glastonbury Festival will feature the first ever women-only venue.
The venue will be run by The Sisterhood (@Join_Sisterhood), and is described as an “intersectional, queer, trans and disability-inclusive space open to all people who identify as women”.
All members of staff working in the venue, from the performers to the security personnel, will also only be people who identify as female.
The Sisterhood’s self-styled “revolutionary clubhouse” will be hidden somewhere in the Shangri-La area of the festival site and will host live music and DJs (playing disco, bass, punk, pop, funk and riotgrrl). The venue will also put on dance classes and workshops on subjects like diversity, inclusion and intersectionality throughout the weekend.
There will also be a forum for black women called ‘The Love In’ on the Sunday.
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In a statement The Sisterhood’s organisers explained the aims of the venue, saying:
“The producers of The Sisterhood believe that women only spaces are necessary in a world that is still run by and designed to benefit mainly men. Oppression against women continues in various manifestations around the world today, in different cultural contexts.
“In the UK, the gender pay gap in the workplace, cuts to domestic violence services and sex worker rights are current talking points that highlight this issue. Sisterhood seeks to provide a secret space for women to connect, network, share their stories, have fun and learn the best way to support each other in our global struggle to end oppression against women and all marginalised people, whilst showcasing the best and boldest female talent in the UK and beyond.”
Euro 2016 games won’t be screened at Glastonbury
In other Glastonbury news, organisers have today confirmed that there will not be any screenings of Euro 2016 games at this years festival.
Football games – and other sporting events – have been screened at Glastonbury in the past, but organisers have decided against it this year.
In a statement on the official Glastonbury website, organisers said:
“With this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament in France fast approaching, we have being asked about our plans for screening any matches during the Festival. With the kick-off times of the tournament potentially clashing with headline sets, the decision has been taken that no matches from the tournament will be shown at Glastonbury this year.”