"True Change, in the individual or society can only come about through deep, personal engagement" - Anon
Oh Radical Participation - You Mercurial and Wild Spirit of Generosity and Gratitude!
To be honest, there's nothing that Radical about it if you go back 100 years - It's the simple concept that WE ARE ALL CREW - It's generosity, it's Community - it's that we all have a part to play.
The Aboriginals do not have a word for Please - they simply know that they will share what they have.
We make WomanFest anew each year - with whatever shows up in every woman that comes - If you don't see something you want happening? Make it happen! If you see a job that needs doing - it's yours.
DOWN with this insular, capitalist nonsense. DOWN with this Culture of Transaction
UP with Gifting! UP with Community! UP with feeling a part of things again!
Here are the different areas, read them wisely - and don't forget! That doesn't pigeon-hole you! Someone looking after our loos can get onstage or do a workshop too (in fact, we love those people the MOST)
The Radical Participation tickets go like this:
Workshop Leader: For a Woman who is well versed at running workshops and can run one for a minimum of 40 women OR a Woman holding a talk- We are super happy to hold you if you have never run one before and are trying to step up, but if this is the case, please come through another ticket and apply for space in one of the tents. If you purchase a workshop ticket and do not have the experience, we will ask you to buy another and void this one.
Performer: This is for someone or a group coming to do a full show (singing/dancing/burlesque..whatever) - If you just want to share a few songs or poems, please come through another ticket and apply to the Expression Tent for a time slot or just come on in our free mic sessions.
Info Tent: Helping to run the Info tent - getting to know the layout of the festival, the schedule and helping others. It is also our first aid tent so please apply if you have some training, and our lost and found. This is one of the easier tickets for our more elderly/otherwise abled sisters, so please be aware of that on purchase is you are able bodied.
Kitchen Crew : We have the most amazing team from the Co-exist kitchen coming to cook for us all this year - you'll be helping them prepare, cook and clean for a shift during the festival. Pouring your love into our food!
Welcome: Everyone coming into the festival has to be met, parked and ticketed. This is the gateway into the festival and a wonderful chance to be the first face the women coming see!
Land Care Crew: The crew that really encapsulates Our Permaculture Principles: Tending to the compost, recycling, checking the compost loos and helping to keep us Covid safe (touchpoint!) - This is the ticket that will get you the most high fives! We love you x Spa Crew: We have wood-fired hot tubs and a sauna that need tending - The Spa can be the most special place in the world....women singing in the steam- If you are drawn to the Waters and the Fire for it's Alchemy, you are Spa Crew already :)
Decor set-up/set-down: This requires no work at the festival itself! But you must be available Wednesday 21st 9 am (you can stay the night before), to help get all our gorgeous decorations up! And you'll stick around on Sunday to help get them all back down again. (note: Not turning up on then Wednesday morning will immediately void your ticket)
Set-Down: We love those who stick around to help clean-up. But it's always surprising how few do. So we created a separate ticket for it. You'll have to keep Monday 26th July free (plus, that's when we have our after-festival party, so it's fuuuuuuun)
Build set-up/Maintenance/site crew: N.B. ONLY FOR WOMEN WITH HANDY SKILLS - This is our only free ticket because it requires some serious hands-on work before, during and after the festival - You are Crew - there to help build, maintain and breakdown. At the festival, you are on call if something needs fixing. Badass women need only apply.