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Music 2014


Two stages, one great line up!

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Music 2014


Two stages, one great line up!

“Turn on, tune in and indulge yourself in this year’s sensational music extravaganza… As ever, we have a new and exciting programme of music covering the ARENA stage and our new addition for 2014, The L Fest ACOUSTIC stage … Some familiar faces return together with a huge selection of new artists from far and wide who will be tantalising your ears, delivering an eclectic and electrifying mix of smooth acoustic folk through to bluesy soul pop and rock … You will certainly find all you need at L Fest 2014 ..whatever your flavour and whatever your mood, we are sure this year’s line-up will have you rockin’ out in the summer sun…
— Lucy & Mandy Burton. L Fest Music Coordinators
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Arts Stage 2015


Authors, Poetry, Discussion & Dance

Arts Stage 2015


Authors, Poetry, Discussion & Dance

Three years ago if someone had said to me you will programme the arts stage at L Fest, I would have thought they were mad! I must thank SpringOut once again for the the arts, cinema & workshops programming for the past 3 years. Due to their commitments this year I have taken on the role myself from all I have learnt from them during the past few years and have really enjoyed it. I’m so pleased with the amazing artists we have for you over the weekend with a diverse line up of authors, spoken word,discussion, theatre and much more.
— Cindy Edwards - Festival Director.

Bold Strokes Books presents two panels of authors: Paranormal Fiction (Ghosts and Ghouls) and Romance. With Justine Saracen, Amy Dunne, Andrea Bramhall, Crin Claxton, Gill McKnight and L Beacham.

Butch monologues: Through verbatim interviews with Butch Identified women living in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and the Caribbean, the Butch Monologues re-positions the negative, socially threatening concept of female masculinity into a place of pride.

Cooking on a budget and Q & A with Jack Monroe. Jack started writing her blog, A Girl Called Jack, in February 2012 about cooking on a budget.A writer, journalist and campaigner on poverty issues, you will have seen Jack over many media platforms. She joins us to tell us more about her recipes, campaigning and her life as a girl called Jack. 

Creating Chemistry with lesbian fiction authors Kiki Archer, Clare Lydon, Clare Ashton, Cindy Rizzo and Jade Winters. Best-selling lesbian fiction author, Kiki Archer, hosts an international panel of focused readings and lively discussion

Cromford, hilarious spoof costume drama. This merry band will present Cromford, their take on the classic costume drama Cranford, complete with bonnets of course.

DIVA Debates, Let's talk about sex, baby!  DIVA magazine has invited five speakers Alena Dierickx, Campbell X, Diane Torr, Raisa Kabir & Janet Jones – sexperts in their own way – to open up a lively and arousing debate which our host, DIVA editor Jane Czyzselska will shed a little light on our diverse community's desires.

Maureen Duffy in conversation about her life and work with Jill Gardiner. Maureen Duffy came out in the 1960s, with her widely reviewed lesbian novel 'The Microcosm', and TV appearances arguing for gay male sex to be decriminalised. Still campaigning for equal rights today, her latest novel 'In Times Like These' focuses on a woman MP and her artist girlfriend.

Poetry /Spoken word with Jay Walker, Immani Love, Annabel Pribelszki, Bindi Foster-Brown

Rosie Wilby: Nineties WomanLive interactive storytelling interspersed with video interviews, music and photo archive tracing a journey through early 90s feminism, refracted through a very personal lens.

Bold Strokes Books offers a diverse collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer general and genre fiction. We believe the portrayal of LGBTQ main characters in fiction is important and necessary to our acceptance and visibility in the popular culture. We sponsor L Fest in their aim to support the LGBTQ community and hope to see you there. Please visit our website at www.boldstrokesbooks.com

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Cinema 2014


Our very own onsite cinema...complete with popcorn!

Cinema 2014


Our very own onsite cinema...complete with popcorn!

This year the L Fest cinema has a truly international theme with films from across the globe! We will provide a wide range of entertainment from full length feature films: “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?” (from Peccadillo Pictures -starring Guinevere Turner) and Australia’s “Submerge” by director Kat Holmes who’ll be flying in for Q & A’s. TelloFilms will be bringing hit web series -the hilarious “Roomies” and totally relevant & topical comedy “Hashtag”- with the stars Caitlin Bergh, Laura Zak, and Marnie Alton and Tello founder & CEO, filmmaker Christin Mell all coming across from the USA to head up daily Q & A, panel discussions & autographs. Award-winning short films-the adorable “Cat Sitting”(by Wollie Boehm) and thought provoking anti-bullying short “Love Is All You Need” (k Rocco shields writer director & producer Dana Gardner) - PLUS- the PSA/Music video “She4Me” directed by Nicole Conn starring Nicole Pacent, Gabrielle Christian, Barbara Niven (“A Perfect Ending”) with cameos by Traci Dinwidie (“Elena Undone”) and Cathy DeBuono. Late Night films for the ladies looking for a quieter evening: “Hannah Free” - starring Sharon Gless and “And Then Came Lola” starring Jill Bennett, last year’s L Fest guest. With this great line-up and schedule in our L Fest cinema, we’ll reverse the schedule over the weekend to be sure you get to see the projects important to you while enjoying all L Fest has to offer! Sponsored by TelloFilms.com with daily moderator & host, Denise from MyLesbianRadio.com
— Denise Warner-Gregory

She4me

A Hollywood stylized love story aimed to highlight the issue of Marriage Equality and appeal to mainstream audiences around the world. 

Director Nicole Conn, was officially crowned the #1 LGBT Feature film Writer/Director of all time. Nicole Conn, best known for her groundbreaking multiple award winning lesbian films, Claire Of The Moon (1992); little man (2005); Elena Undone (2010); and A Perfect Ending (2012); has once again delivered in this poignant yet epic music video that celebrates Marriage Equality. The Marriage Equality USA sanctioned PSA is set to Jen Foster’s lesbian anthem SHE and was remixed and produced by LA Music Producer Eve Nelson.


Submerge

A modern story that asks the question, "how do you find love in a world of instant gratification"? Submerge explores the conflict that can arise from chasing one's desires in a modern, consumerist world of endless choice...

Jordan (Lily Hall), a 20 year old athletic university student has added another extracurricular activity to her over-scheduled life—seducing her tutor, Angie (Christina Hallett), while doing research work for Angie’s professor partner Cameron (Andrew Curry. Best friend Lucas (Kevin Dee) teases Jordan that she’s an over-achiever, but not even over-achieving Jordan can keep all these balls in the air indefinitely.   

Set to a propulsive pop beat, the sparse dialogue and alternately meditative and frenetic editing capture the university experience, where everything seems possible but the plethora of choices becomes its own kind of burden.   Campus life on the beachfront is full of sun-kissed flesh, and Jordan’s university experimentation includes both drugs and sex in all its many-splendored varieties. But as the rounds of study, swimming, clubbing, and sex speed faster and faster, Jordan has to make a decision about what she wants out of life—before the decision is made for her.

We are delighted to welcome Kat Holmes, writer/director all the way from Australia for a Q & A about Submerge after the screening.


Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf

Anna lives in her friend’s garage; her career as a filmmaker isn’t paying the bills and worst of all it’s been ten years since she’s had a girlfriend. That’s why something has to change...

The day after her 40th birthday, Anna comes to the conclusion that it’s time for the madness to stop. She lives in her friend’s garage; her career as a filmmaker isn’t paying the bills and worst of all it’s been ten years since she’s had a girlfriend. A hardscrabble life that seemed charming and adventurous in her twenties seems desperate and dire in middle age. Most move on from such a lifestyle before they hit 40. But not Anna. That’s why something has to change. 

Anna devises a plan to make all her dreams finally come true: make a film and win over her leading actress and art school wunderkind; Katia. Borrowing a storyline from her most beloved film ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ she recruits her friend Penelope (Guinevere Turner) and Chloe (True Blood’s Carrie Preston) to start production of her feature film debut ‘Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?’

As with all great feats, there are several obstacles standing in her way, first, there’s no money. Second, she will have to give up her role opposite Katia if she wants the much-desired Penelope to even consider taking the roll. Third, her Cuban mother has never been thrilled about her making lesbian films, let alone, her being lesbian. She’d much prefer Anna pack up her shed and move home to Miami.


Love is all you need

Imagine how absurd bullying would be, if being Gay was the norm?  To be bullied because a girl likes a boy…No need to imagine, just watch the multiple award winning viral short film Love is all you need to see it in full action.

Writer Director Kim Rocco Shields produced LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED which challenges society by exploring bullying and prejudice in a new light.  Inversed, mainstream norms are thrown into chaos as we follow multiple story lines of everyday people who are bullied for the opposes sex partners they love.

The short film introduces a young teen Ashley who has a crush on a boy at school. Ashley’s feelings go against everything her world has ever taught her.  Unfortunately, Ashley’s undeniable attraction to the opposite sex causes her to be the constant target of verbal, cyber and shocking physical abuse by the other students at her school. 

The SHORT film has gone viral and has been translated into 15 different languages by fans all around the world which has helped generate more than 30 Million views, 250K Facebook shares and become the winner of 13 Short Film awards!

GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network of USA) has joined the cause and supports Genius Pictures and SHE4ME Producer Melke Pty Ltd who intend on producing a feature length version based on the award winning short "Love Is All You Need?”.  

Indie Gogo on NOW

An Indie Gogo crowd funding campaign is currently in progress and the film-makers need to raise funds in 50 days or run the risk of losing the precious California Tax Credits  that have been awarded in the sum of $1mil.  We are also partnered with From The Heart Productions (501c3) which means ALL donations are 100% tax deductible.


Cat Sitting

Alex finally agreed to do the cat sitting for her ex wife, while she is away with her most recent girlfriend. This traumatic first visit back to what used to be their home culminates in an unexpected confrontation with her nemesis, a feisty cop called Finn, and things get a little out of hand...

Alex, after a painful breakup with Teresa finally agrees to do the cat sitting for the sake of the cats. This is her first visit back to what used to be their home. All goes seemingly well until Alex discovers that her nemesis, the person responsible for their break up, Finn, is not only due to do half the week’s cat sitting but she (Alex) had got her days mixed up and Finn is due to arrive any second. Little does Alex know about exactly HOW out of hand this encounter is about to get.

Directed by: Wollie Boehm
Produced by: Wollie Boehm


Roomies

Best friends Sam and Alex, both recently single, have found the perfect apartment. But there’s a catch: they have to convince their neighbours that they’re a couple to keep it.

Starring: Julie Goldman (tello's Gay Street Therapy, Big Gay Sketch Show, The People's Couch) and Brandy Howard (tello's Cowgirl Up, tello's Gay Street Therapy, The People's Couch.)

Written by: Jessica King and Julie Keck
Directed by: Christin Mell

Q & A following the film with Christin Mell Director from Tello films. 


#Hashtag

Friend Me. Follow Me. Like Me. Fall for Me.

#Hashtag follows the love lives of two technology-obsessed best friends in Chicago. From Instagram seduction to inappropriate selfies, Twitter oversharing to OKCupid dating, Liv and Skylar are about to learn the real-life consequences of over-indulgence in the virtual world.

We are delighted to welcome Actress’s Laura Zak, Caitlin Bergh & Marnie Alton & Director Christin Mell from the USA for a Q & A about #hashtag after the screening.

 



Shirts vs Skins

Diva Blue Productions and 3.21 Productions Presents a Terésa Dowell-Vest film "Shirts vs. Skins" starring Tajir S. Hawkins as Dale Michaels, an ordinary man with an ordinary life...and that's what makes him extraordinary. "Shirts vs. Skins" follows the life of a FTM transman as he navigates friendships, career, and love.


Hannah Free

Directed by WendyJo Carlton, starring Sharon Gless- from Peccadillo Pictures

 "A film about a lifelong love affair between an independent spirit and the woman she calls home."


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And Then Came Lola

Directed by Ellen Seidler, starring Ashleigh Sumner, Jill Bennett and Cathy DeBuono- from Peccadillo Picture.

A talented, but distracted photographer, Lola, on the verge of success in both love and work, could lose it all if she doesn't make it to a crucial meeting on time. But, as usual, Lola is late. With her job and girlfriend on the line, she has three chances to make it right. In a desperate race through the streets and back rooms of San Francisco, time grows short-will Lola make it.





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Workshops 2014


Try something new, it's all included in your ticket price!

Workshops 2014


Try something new, it's all included in your ticket price!

When was the last time you did something for the first time? All of the workshops at L Fest are included in your ticket price, so why not try something out of your comfort zone! We have listened to your feedback from 2013 and this year have added some extra workshops to the Lifestyle & Wellbeing category, with Laughter & Happiness, Life coaching and lots of juicy, new glittery workshops with Big Love Sista in the NEW festival village!
— Cindy Edwards

Big Love Sista workshops

A creative, juicy, radical - social enterprise specialising in Arts in health Projects and gathering juicy circles in communities to heal and transform
Big Love Sista are bringing a range of goddess style workshops including: 
Wild woman wake up session
Paint yourself as a juicy goddess warrior  
Big love sista spirit circle  
Bedtime sista stories 


Loosely latin and ballroom dance
Barbara Harrington

We will learn dances like the  merengue, social foxtrot and cha cha  and have fun in the process. You’ll be surprised at your dancing ability and discover the pleasure of dancing with a partner as you live out any Strictly Ballroom fantasies. No previous experience or partners necessary. And you can show it all off at the Tea Dance on Sunday afternoon.

Barbara has facilitated dance workshops at various events including Women In Tune and runs women only dance classes in Swansea and Cardiff.


Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Stacey Stockwell


This is a great opportunity to get your hands out and have a go at a sign song! Sign songs are becoming ever-popular within the Deaf and hearing communities. They’re great fun to do and fabulous to watch! You’ll also be able to learn, or re-cap on your BSL fingerspelling alphabet and learn a few useful signs. This year, once again, we have Stacey Stockwell leading the workshop. She’s signed for The L Project’s “It Gets Better” and their most recent brilliant song “We’re all Human” She’s fun and full of energy, and she’s guaranteed to have you dancing and signing away! (Oh, and she’s not half bad with her hands….)


Drag King Workshop

Veteran Drag Kings Rogue and Adam All join forces to bring you a Drag King Workshop like no other!

Rogue is a live singing professional and talented Drag King who entertains the audience by emulating singers and their mannerisms, voices and striking costumes with a professional accuracy.  Rogue has performed live on Kiss FM, broadcasted to the UK from Gran Canaria, been featured in a recent international documentary on Drag Artists, performed live on stage for three nights of the 2013 Maspalomas Pride.

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Drag King Adam All has been performing nationally for 12 years, holding residencies at The Marlborough (Brighton), Candy Bar (Soho) and now in 2014 has brought his infamous cabaret night BOi BOX to SHE (Soho). A top four finalist of Drag Idol (2009), Co-host of the women's stage at London Pride (2013), Adam is passionate about Drag King Cabaret and getting Drag Kings on the main stage! Adam All is an all singing, all dancing male impersonator, self- confessed breast, obsessed sex pest, and all round cheeky dapper  chappy with  a geek-chic streak.

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Run is fun
Ewelina Lukasiewicz

Running workshop for runners of all abilities. I am offering you ladies a 5km (30-40min) run at a medium pace, so why do it solo if we can run together?

Join me on Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 11am, to meet new people with similar interests, make new friends and burn some calories! Plus you'll be getting an energy boost for a day full of fun and unforgettable L Fest memories - so show your heart some loving and join us!

Looking forward to seeing you ladies!


Improvised Comedy Workshop
The Short & Girlie Show

Learn the basic rules of improvisation from the UK’s longest running all-female comedy improvisation troupe. Explore your creative side in a supportive environment. No experience necessary, all abilities welcome and kids can come too!

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Flash Mobs Workshop
Brighton Dance Flash Mobs

Always wanted to do a flash mob? Learn a fun dance routine and then we will spring it on L Fest when they least expect it! Full instructions given at the workshop. Think you can’t dance? Come along and surprise yourself! All ages and abilities welcome.

Maximum number: unlimited

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Cycling Workshop
British Cycling Breeze Network


LFest have teamed up with British Cycling’s Breeze network – Led by women, for women.

Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun. The aim is to help thousands more women feel confident and comfortable about going on a ride. While cycling is becoming more and more popular in the UK, the proportion of women getting involved is actually declining. Breeze want to change that. 

We will be organising two bike rides during the weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday morning. These will be led by trained ride leaders and will be a mixture of traffic free and quiet roads. You don’t have to be able to ride like Victoria Pendleton, you just need to be able to ride your bike comfortably. We will update everyone shortly on meetings times and how long the rides will take.

Breeze train up champions who organise fun, social, local bike rides for women. Rides go at a speed that suits everyone, and they often start or finish at a cafe so everyone can have a drink and a chat.

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Harness Your Brilliance! Life Coaching
Ali Harness


Ali Harness is a qualified Life Coach specialising in women’s confidence coaching. With a passion for helping women discover their true potential, Ali can help you realise your inner resources, discover what you really want from life and develop the confidence to go and get it!

These workshops are designed to provide a taste of what Life Coaching can do for you with a range of tools, visualisations and Coaching exercises. The workshops are fun and interactive, and provide a safe environment for you to explore what you want out of life, how you can achieve this, and what gets in your way with a group of like minded women. You will go away feeling motivated, inspired and ready to put your dreams into action.

Both workshops complement each other and can also be attended individually. 
Places are limited to 12 per workshop to ensure attendees get the most out of these sessions. 

Succeed at Your Goals (Workshop 1)

Have you ever set goals and then not fulfilled them?

This workshop will help you discover what you really want and what will motivate you to achieve this.

By looking at what’s important to you in your life right now and how you would like your life to be in the future, this workshop provides the building blocks for you to succeed in achieving your goals and following your dreams. 

Challenging Limiting Beliefs (Workshop 2)

What gets in the way of you achieving your dreams?
Do you find yourself thinking negative things about yourself and your abilities?
Are you holding yourself back from achieving your true potential?

This workshop will enable you to explore some of the beliefs you hold about yourself and where they have come from. You will have the opportunity to replace these beliefs with more positive ones, and learn strategies for dealing with limiting beliefs on a daily basis.

Return to life after LFEST a more confident you! 


Writing Workshops
VG Lee

Workshop 1 - A leap of faith

Let’s get emotional! To create believable characters and a credible narrative we have to know how people really feel and react. Through a series of writing exercises and discussion we will try to tap into our own inner feelings within certain situations. Hankies may be required!

Workshop 2 - Fast & furious

Perfection in a few hundred words or less. We will work towards writing a piece of flash fiction. This will be a fast paced workshop with short sharp writing exercises in the first person and preferably present tense. We will all be breathless by the end of it!

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Create a Carnival

This years carnival parade theme is "Equal marriage" feel free to bring a your wedding oufit! Join in the workshop to make something to wear for the carnival parade - With a very special ending to it this year! 


Yoga Workshop
Rose Thorn

A calm space for you to connect mind, body and spirit with gentle postures, breath and deep relaxation. All bodies and levels of experience welcome. You can join us for a cup of tea at the end of the session before re-joining the busy festival. Please bring your yoga mat, if you have one.

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Drumming Workshop
Organic Rhythm

Using African drums, Samba drums and percussion instruments from other origins we will be facilitating an interactive, participatory, inclusive drum circle for all abilities. Drums available to borrow or bring your own.No experience is required.

Fun, easy, uplifting and energising – this was very popular last year to so be sure to get there early to guarantee a drum! There may also be opportunity to be in the carnival parade too!

Proud to have won the L Fest Best Workshop award for 2013 and we can’t wait to do it all again!


Pole Workshop
Ali Cocks

Ali Cocks, born in Lincolnshire 1967, is a queer performer, sound artist and creative explorer who currently resides in west Wales. Constantly working with the ever evolving themes of gender, sexuality. Ali is currently teaching gender, sexuality and theatre at Aberystwyth University and also conducts cross dressing workshops. She is presently embarking on doctoral study into the sonic expression of gender, sexuality and desire.

Ali also has experiential and academic practice in physical theatre/queer circus and is also a pole fitness instructor in the Aberystwyth area of Wales. She will be back at L Fest for her third year to teach a beginners and Intermediate Pole fitness workshop, influenced by elements of dance and circus performance. A joyful and skilled activity that works on an all over body fitness. No need for experience and a short yoga based warm up will commence. 


Strawbale Building Workshop
Barbara Jones & Rae Parkinson


An opportunity to learn basic techniques of working with straw to construct a small building, from the UK’s leading strawbale company, many of whom happen to be lesbian!

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Meditation for all
Rachel White

A gentle guided meditation to relax and re-energise.

Suitable for all including those new to meditation. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or blanket to lie on.



Salsa/Tea Dance
Norma Daykin    

Salsa

This fun, friendly session is open to everyone, including complete beginners. No partner is needed and you can lead or follow. We will swap partners during the session. You will learn the basics, including a mixture of cross body and Cuban style salsa, as well as some “doable” more advanced moves.

Tea dance

An afternoon of social dancing with tea and cakes available in our vintage tea room. Open to everyone, including complete beginners. Norma will provide an introduction to a range of dances including waltz, quickstep, social foxtrot, cha cha cha, rumba and jive. No partner is needed and you can choose to lead or follow.

Norma Daykin is an experienced, qualified dance teacher based in Bristol where she has taught classes in salsa, latin and ballroom dance for over 15 years. She is also a musician and who performs live music for all kinds of dance events. As well as learning the steps, you will benefit from Norma's extensive musical knowledge and experience, gaining a deeper understanding dance rhythms and music.

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The Story You Always Wanted To Tell
Alys Einion  

What is the story you always wanted to tell?

Everyone has a story they’d love to tell – a love affair that went wrong, a journey, a tragedy, finding true love after heartache, succeeding in your life against the odds

This creative writing workshop is for everyone who wants to write but fears the blank page, or never gets around to it, or for those who are trying to write but feeling like they are getting nowhere. Using stimulating interactive exercises we will work on character, plot and story development, looking at how to tell your story in a way that will make others sit up and listen. Comedy, tragedy, romance, history, they all share something in common – characters we relate to and a plot that keeps the page turning. The workshop will also cover selling yourself and pitching your work to publishers and tips to keep on writing. So bring your ideas and get ready to enjoy sharing them!

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Funny Side Out
Lara A King

Unleash your inner funny and learn to experience humour and laughter as a powerful and effective currency within your every day interactions. Through a series of theatrical techniques, role play and improvisation exercises, join award winning comedienne Lara A king on a journey towards being a more relaxed and confident communicator and someone known for their smile, their lightness of being and their ability to see the funny side.


How to Prevent Lesbian Bed Death
Emma Ziff

International Sex and Relationship Expert, Speaker & Author from TV & radio, will be hosting a fun and informative workshop for all women …couples and singles using her well known humour and expertise.

Including:

'Be a lesbian lover and NOT a familiar friend’
Going with your ‘Gut and NOT gash’
Finding you beneath your labels: ‘Who and NOT What You Are’
Coming Out in the Bedroom … even if you’re in the closet’
Reveal NOT conceal’ with the right communication
Learn how to ‘Make It NOT Fake It’
How to be ‘Super-Wet and NOT Super-Dry’

You will also have an opportunity to develop communication techniques in a safe & comfortable environment, free from judgement.  

*WIN Private coaching session with Emma + boxes of Lady Prelox 


Songwriting - Finding the words to say....
Beth Prior

Beth Prior offers an insight into her methods of songwriting and composition, sharing ideas and insights into what makes her tick as a songwriter. Bring your ideas, voices and an open mind. All welcome, feel free to bring an instrument if you want to jam along too!!

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Creative dance for children
Anna Brown and Amy Rose

Using  songs, games, rhymes, stories and props, dance artists Anna and Amy will introduce children to the delights of what their bodies can do and the fun that can be had when dancing together. Come along to bounce, skip, roll, stomp and discover more. Children must bring their parents or carers.

Anna and Amy have been working in community dance since 1995 and love sharing the joy of dance with all ages, using a creative and expressive, person centred focus.  They have worked with over 300 people to create dances to line the Olympic Torch Relay and are also running a creative dance session for grownups on Sunday.


What should older LG­BT housing look like?
Stonewall Housing

Ever worried about what happens when you get older? Worried about homo/bi/trans phobia in a care setting? Concerned about being forced back into the closet when you get older because of where you live and who cares for you? What should older LGBT housing look like? 

Join us to talk about what you want and hear about what’s happening in the UK to make older LGBT housing, care and support a reality. Come and find out how we are making sure that older Lesbian/Bi and trans* women’s voices are being heard.

Come and talk to Stonewall Housing’s Older LGBT Housing Group at 5.15-6.30 on Saturday at Planet Central.





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Sports 2014


Sports 2014


At L Fest the sports and games fun not competition. So if you want to play a game as a team or come on your own then the L Fest crew will team you up. Each year we try to add different activities and I’m sure you wont be disappointed with years choices!
— Cindy Edwards

Volleyball & Rounders

Back in 2012, we left these two sports off the programme in favour of more elaborate games - however your feedback showed this is what you wanted! So the Rounders and Volleyball competitions are here to stay! Where you want to join in as a team or a solo and we will create a solos team - everyone is welcome :-) 



Saturday Afternoon Mobile Laser Tag

Laser Tag2U is different to your standard laser quest where you can shoot aliens and other objects around the game to get yourself extra points. The giant inflatable objects will be all over the outdoor course for you to hide behind.   Games normally last between 5 and 10 minutes. Throughout the game the gun will talk to you telling you when you have tag or de activated someone.  Laser Tag you can have the choose between different types of  games e.g. capture the flag, last one standing plus many others.  


Sunday Afternoon Bubble Football 

This guarantees a lot of laughter and a lot of bumping. You will enjoy yourself so much, you will think you're a kid again. Once the whistle starts everybody flies straight in, there's a lot of bumping, bouncing, rolling and laughing especially from the spectators. You and your friends will be laughing for days after. Not seen it be played before, then check out the video! 


Running Workshop

Running workshop for runners of all abilities. I am offering you ladies a 5km (30-40min) run at a medium pace, so why do it solo if we can run together?

Join me on Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 11am, to meet new people with similar interests, make new friends and burn some calories! Plus you'll be getting an energy boost for a day full of fun and unforgettable L Fest memories - so show your heart some loving and join us!

Looking forward to seeing you ladies!


Cycling Workshop

L Fest have teamed up with British Cycling’s Breeze network – Led by women, for women - so bring your bike! 

LFest have teamed up with British Cycling’s Breeze network – Led by women, for women.  Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun, fitness or a challenge. The aim is to help thousands more women feel confident and comfortable about going on a ride. While cycling is becoming more and more popular in the UK, the proportion of women getting involved is actually declining, Breeze is changing that. 

We will be organising two bike rides during the weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday morning. These will be led by trained ride leaders and will be a on mixture of quiet roads – unfortunately for the longer rides we cant help hitting a few busier roads at first. You don’t have to be able to ride like Victoria Pendleton, you just need to be able to ride your bike comfortably. We will take in the fresh air, countryside and a nice pub stop along the way!

Hire Bikes are available for those of you who don’t have one or are travelling by train. The local bike shop Uttoxeter Cycles have a limited number of bikes to hire at a cost of £20/day. Please book direct with them stating you are part of Breeze @LFest and they will bring the bikes to the racecourse before the rides start. http://uttoxetercycles.co.uk/

Breeze trains up volunteers who organise fun, social, local bike rides for women. Rides go at a speed that suits everyone, and they often start or finish at a cafe so everyone can have a drink and a chat. For more information about Breeze and to book on a Breeze bike ride near you visit breezebikerides.com

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L Fest Nights


L Fest Nights


With such a wide range of ages at L Fest we like to offer you a choice of evening activities. So whether you want to party with various club nights brought in from across the UK, watch some comedy and cabaret, chill out by the campfire or in the cinema with a late night film - we have it all for you at L Fest! (What’s more should you be bringing little ones with you for the weekend, check out our on site baby sitting service!
— Cindy Edwards

DJ's and club nights below. See other pages for Cabaret and Comedy schedule and Cinema for late night films and don't forget to check out the Family page if you want to book your babysitter! 

Chick Habit - Friday 21:30 - 02:00

If you’re an appreciator of great music, Chick Habit is a must, in Soho London. One thing Chick Habit is excellent at is showcasing artists at the cusp of huge success aswell as bringing something very fresh and unique to the gay scene. Soho's best indie/alternative night. Weekly club night in the heart of Soho. Past acts include: HAIM/ CHVRCHES/ BETTY/ JD SAMSON/ HUNTER VALENTINE & so many more. 

Chick Habit are delighted to open L Fest so join DJ Amy B + guests DJ and X Factors Charlie Rundle (Part of Holloway new indie band) for a live acoustic set. So head over to Hoops Bar at L Fest for music such as rockabilly, old school, indie, emo, new noise and much more! 


Lezzbavenue - Friday 23:00 - 02:00

Lezzbavenue is a club event based in Wales that caters for lesbian/bisexual/trans/curious women from 18+.
The event was launched in Cardiff and has been providing an opportunity for women to get together, drink, dance and have a night out in a unique women only environment.
 
At L FEST 2014 resident Lezzbavenue DJs Alaina Paget and DeadDrop will be playing individual DJ sets until 2am! Genres will range from dancehall/electronica/funky house/minimal/chart/club classics/Deep house and more.


Saturday Summer of Love - Hippie 60's theme! 10:30 - 02:00

The Saturday night fancy dress has become a tradition at L Fest and this year we will be going all out! So to celebrate are fantastic new designs for 2014 by Substr8 we love the Hippie flower power theme at HQ! So dig out your flares think flower power, psychedelic prints and tie-dye patterns for our Summer of Love Saturday night party. The L Fest crew will be joining you in fancy dress, we will dress the room in style and our

Our L Fest resident DJs: DJ Lady Heidi and DJ Blondie will be having a DJ battle playing exactly what you want to hear! DJ Lady Heidi will play commercial dance / cheesy dance and 60's tunes and DJ Nicky Drummond will play electro and funky house. So you decide it's your festival, your choice! 



Saturday Urban cellar Fem-Space - 21:00 - 02:00

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After their success at Birmingham Pride, Urban Cellar is hitting L Fest and we are gonna PARTAY! With some fantastic guest DJs and live music for the urban scene this entertainment will promise to get the weekend going with a BIG URBAN BANG!! Reuniting some of UK's biggest names on the Urban Fem Scene we will bring you an audio orgy of DJs, bands and live performances to celebrate LFest's big fem weekend... 

We will be bringing you a rainbow explosion of RnB, Hip Hop, Bhangra, Afro-Beats, Reggae, Drum n Base and Garage. URBAN CELLAR represents the BME LGBT Community and prides itself on being an inclusive and diverse organisation. We’ll be shaking it for all races, genders and sexualities, bringing the Urban Beats to The Urban Cellar @ L Fest and supporting voluntary organisations in the local community. See you there!


Saturday Evening - Lip Sync Competition

Be part of the newest craze (especially in Late Night television with Jimmy Fallon!) This year L Fest will have a Lip Synch Contest! That's right, you don't have to be able to SING- as long as you know the words and you can show the emotion- you can be a silent star! We're looking for 10-15 contestants to bring their favourite song on their iPhone, iPod, so we can plug it in, and get you started! Show our 3 judges your best 2 minutes and YOU could be the winner of this year's first ever L Fest & MyLesbianRadio Lip Sync Contest! Are you better than Emma Stone?!


Sunday Night - Ladypoof 10:30 - 02:00

Our Closing Party with DJRPXX, Leeds will close L Fest in style! 

DJRPXX co-founder of Ladypoof DJs regularly plays dance floors in the Netherlands, Sydney, Australia, Lesvos, Greece and across the UK. Her music is indie-finable house music embracing the melodic to the deep and dirty. 


Firepit Sessions

Each night from 10:00 - 02:00 you can chill out around the campfire for song, stories and a lovely relaxed environment. The firepit must close at 02:00 due to our license, but there still 4 hours of fun!

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Cabaret & Comedy 2014


Cabaret & Comedy 2014


Another new area for 2014, the cabaret and comedy stage will run each night due to your feedback for more in 2013! Cabaret style seating and tables, large stage in the downstairs bar will ensure room for everyone. Just sit back and relax for evenings full of laughter. I cannot wait to see all of these shows!
— Cindy Edwards - Festival Director

Friday night - 21:00 - 23:30

Here Come The Girls Cabaret Night

What better way to commence your enjoyment of the UK’s premiere award-winning lesbian music, arts and comedy festival than to be entertained by an opening night cabaret gala starring the UK’s premiere lesbian musicians, artists and comediennes?

Buckle in and harness your true festival spirit with this gorgeous smorgasbord of music and dance; comedy and magic; burlesque, spoken word and improvisation. Here Come The Girls bringing with them every flavour of fun for your delectation.

Hosted lara A king & Nicky Mitchell and programmed by lara A king

Fay Presto / Nicky Mitchell / Laura Checkley / Adam All & Apple Derrieres / Madge Hooks / Melody van Trapp / Loretta von Dini / The Short and Girlie Show / Beth Prior / Sooz Kempner

(Faye Presto) “You are a fucking genius
— Paul McCartney



Saturday night 21:00 - 22:30

Caz n Britney present a musical parody, 'Mis les' - A Revolution in Rollers

Written by Keddy Sutton and Gillian Hardie

The Inimitable Caz n Britney, (Gillian Hardie and keddy Sutton) return after their 'Cell out' stretch in Scottie Road The musical (from Primark to Prison), they are back with 'Mis Les'- (A Revolution in Rollers).

Will Caz ever knock round for her half of Twix? Where is Britney's Sudocrem? And what is the true measure of an Allen key's importance?

Hooked? Then prepare for dry ice and drama and follow these bag for life owning heroines, as they rewrite 'herstory' and get where dust wouldn't! 

"Best Double act of the year 2011/2013"

- Liverpool Theatre's best of 

"Charming and downright silly..The laughter didn't stop..Certainly left the audience wanting more..You may never hum 'I dreamed a dream with a straight face again"

- Vicky Anderson, Made Up Liverpool


Sunday night 20:00 - 22:30

Laughing Cows Comedy presents Kerry Leigh MC, Lara King, Rosie Wilby, Barbara Nice

Laughing Cows Comedy has been proudly celebrating, showcasing & developing women in comedy since 1998 across the UK and Europe. 

Laughing Cows Comedy produces live stand up comedy shows across the UK and the annual Women in Comedy Festival which is now in it’s second year. The nights feature and all female line up of comedy and was established in 1998 after a London comedy promoter inadvertently threw down the proverbial gauntlet. ‘We were discussing female comics and I asked why there's never more than one female comedian on the bill and he said, oh we wouldn't take that risk,’ Hazel O’Keefe the founder explains, ‘The comedy scene is so doused in testosterone that it's almost capable of growing a goatee beard and sideburns. Female comedians have been fighting to exhibit their talents and prove their quality over the years, and we’re here to help redress the balance’.  Manchester Evening News - Marissa Burgess..

“The Most fun I’ve had in years!” - Julie Jepson

''Laughing Cows have provided me with invaluable support as a new female stand up, it's great to get advice from peers who have more experience. The comedy night in Manchester is one of the best comedy nights on the circuit, I love the relaxed atmosphere, intelligent humour and audience participation.'' - Shaista Aziz 2010 

“Laughing Cows is definitely my favourite gig, it has the best venues/audiences and the atmosphere is always fantastic. I luv em!” - Claire Parker