Feminists Unite — Second-Year Femn Fest Draws Feminist-Friendly Crowd For Music, Art, Workshops And More

By Christa Lawler
Duluth News Tribune, Minn.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The two-day event is billed as an “unapologetically feminist festival” and includes artists, panelists and women-owned businesses.

Duluth News Tribune, Minn.

At Femn Fest, there is red velvet cupcake named for activist Emma Goldman. The anatomic mugs are neither specifically male nor female. There’s free chapstick from both PAVSA and the Women’s Health Center.

And at some point you have to make a decision like: Do I want an introduction to burlesque, or to listen to electronic folk singer Ingeborg von Agassiz?

The second annual event — a two-day fest that started Friday at Sacred Heart Music Center — is billed as an “unapologetically feminist festival” and includes artists, panelists and women-owned businesses.

It continued through the weekend with a schedule that included yoga, poetry, knitting, Mary Bue, Lunch Duchess and Venus DeMars. Breakout sessions included topics like sex positivity, parenting in the non-binary, and consent.

Where last year’s fest had a warm, relaxed and welcoming vibe, this year organizers cranked up the tempo. Early arrivals were met with a mix of tunes from Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Belinda Carlisle while the last of the vendors set up booths.

Organizer Abigail Mlinar knew all but about three of the festival’s attendees last year.

“This year, not so much,” she said.

Online ticket sales more than tripled, she said, then offered up a high-five.

The festival started with a welcome message from organizers and a reminder about respect, and that words matter. A nice substitution for the generic term “guys,” for instance, would be “folx.”

“Be prepared to have ideas and beliefs challenged,” offered organizer Melissa LaTour, who also got a cupcake named for her. Cake Bandit’s Melissa Ginger has ginger and cardamom and came with a gluten-free option.

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