Glastonbury 2016 to introduce women-only venue

London, June 6 (IANS) This year’s edition of Britain’s annual five-day Glastonbury contemporary performing arts festival, is set to feature its first ever women-only venue.

Called ‘The Sisterhood’, it has been described by the organisers as a “revolutionary clubhouse” open to “all people who identify as women”, the Guardian reported on Monday

The Sisterhood will be an “intersectional, queer, trans and disability-inclusive space” and will be staffed entirely by people who identify as female, from performers to security staff.

“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,” the festival organisers said

“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, while showcasing the best and boldest female talent in the UK and beyond,” they added.

The Sisterhood will be located the festival’s Shangri-La zone, where there will be live music, DJs and workshops on inter-sectionality, diversity and inclusion.

There will also be daily dance classes and a DIY (do it yourself) power tools workshop.

The annual Glastonbury festival inaugrated on September 19, 1970, takes place in Somerset, England. In addition to contemporary music, the festival includes dance, comedy, theatre, circus and cabaret.



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