'The Magdalena Project' for the first time in Germany
(kus) For the first time and with the support of the Women's Department of the City of Frankfurt, the International Women's Theatre Festival will take place in Germany as part of the "Magdalena Project". From Thursday, November 9, to Sunday, November 12, women from Brazil, Denmark, Mexico and many other countries will present their artistic works at various locations in Frankfurt and invite you to creative workshops and public forums.
"We are proud to have been able to bring this cross-cultural and cross-generational creative women's project to Frankfurt," says Rosemarie Heilig, Head of the Women's Department of the City of Frankfurt. For more than 30 years, the festival has made an important contribution to the networking of artistically active women worldwide. Frankfurt, with its strong feminist cultural landscape, is exactly the right place for such a project.
"As a women's department, we advocate that women and girls can creatively and critically shape society," says Gabriele Wenner, head of the city's women's department. She adds that the Women's Theatre Festival provides a perfect setting for this. "It is important to make the broad artistic field of women visible and to bring their political and social viewpoints into the public eye."
The "Magdalena Project" was founded in 1986 in the UK by 38 professional women in the theatre industry from 15 different countries and since then has offered a platform for women from various performing artistic fields such as dance, acting, singing or film. The international network facilitates an exchange across borders and promotes a critical examination of gender issues, racism, discrimination and the roles of women in different cultural contexts. In addition, the network offers collegial support, practical training and inspiration for creative projects as well as offers that enable an exchange with interested parties worldwide.
The International Women's Theatre Festival, which is supported by the Women's Department, is organized by the Friends of antagon AktionsTheater and female artists of the antagon ensemble. "We support the festival because it deals in a very special way with the issues that concern and preoccupy women," says women's department head Heilig. Be it questions of equality, the examination of emancipatory processes or the advocacy against oppression and violence against women and girls. "On behalf of the city of Frankfurt, women's department head Gabriele Wenner and Linda Kagerbauer, consultant for girls' policy and culture, will join the discussion on various panels."
From dance performance to voice-building bodywork to acting training and many more workshops, women and girls are invited to creatively explore their own expression and bodies as well as different topics. What does it mean to stand by one's own strength when the stamp of the "weaker sex" still circulates? How do girls and women experience their female self-image in a multicultural world - on stage, with performing arts and in the broad political sphere?
"We are looking forward to impulses and new perspectives for creative feminist work, not only in theatre", says Gabriele Wenner. The festival offers the opportunity not only to network anew in Frankfurt, but to experience worldwide solidarity with women from the most diverse countries.
The Women's Department is supporting the project as part of its new priority theme "Women.Power.Politics", which will focus on strengthening women's and girls' rights over the next two years. "With actions and events, we want to draw attention to the achievements of feminist work visibly and motivate people to participate actively and consciously in terms of women's politics in city politics and elections, Wenner stresses.
"We want to make it clear that women's rights are not a matter of course, but had to be fought hard for and are also always under scrutiny, which is shown not least by the current right-wing populist tendencies," says Wenner. The festival makes an important contribution to raising awareness and strengthening women's rights, she adds. "I wish we could establish the Women's Theatre Festival as an annually recurring event in Frankfurt."
Information about the festival and project is available at <link https: themagdalenaproject.org _blank>