6th Vox Feminae Festival - 2012

time: 21.11.2012. - 24.11.2012.
place: Zagreb, Croatia
organiser: Vox Feminae
Sixth edition of the Vox Feminae Festival will be held from 21. till 24. november in Cinema Europa (Kino Europa) in Zagreb. The festival continues to promote female creative work and asses the problems involved in gender isuess through international competitive film programme, workshops, exhibitions, lectures and appearances of female musicians and DJs.

Vox Feminae is an international transdisciplinary festival with focus on promoting local and foreign artists and artistic groups, which in their work question the clash between modern art, urban and alternative culture and gender isuess, as well as gender-conscious social engagement.

The festival is held every fall since 2007. Vox Feminae is currently the only festival in Croatia that promotes female creative work and to asses the problems involved in gender issues through international competitive film programme, workshops, exhibitions and appearances of female musicians, artists, activists, theoreticians. The goal of the manifestations is to increase the visibility of the female creative work and social activity by displacing it from the existing patterns and ways of expressing and by creating a new context of a public space that is safe for deliberating gender issues and is away from the binary opposition system. From 2010. the film programme section of the festival is held in an international competitive form, and the winner is decided by audience votes.

As part of the international film festival there will be 17 new films from 11 countries shown, of which seven feature-lenght documentaries which, except superheroine, deal with drag kings, the first generation of transsexual grannies who had, already in 50s and 60s, done a sex change operation, and memebers of a revolutionary lesbian movement. There will also be some music icons on the programme, Na programu će također biti i neke glazbene ikone, as well as some who made it by a hairbreadth. Along with the concert of Antony Hegarty of the Antony and the Johnsons band, which is also a journey into the female world, a documentary will be screened about a forgotten glam rock star Jobriath, who had been called the „true fairy of rock“ by the music industry, desiring spectacle and profit, but then chewed him and spat him out.

Accompanying programme of the festival places the accent on representing regional female- and gender-engaged festivals, projects, collectives and organizations - PitchWise (BiH), BeFem (Srbija); NLO (Srbija), CRVENA (BiH), Rdeče Zore (Slovenija), FemiNiš ( Srbija), Libela (Hrvatska), L –Fest (Hrvatska) and Queer.hr (Hrvatska), which will meet in Zagreb to establish a platform for gender cultural practices. Along with their presentations and a round table discussion, there are some workshops on the programme, scheduled in Cinema Europa and Pogon.

Music programme and festivals after parties, except in Cinema Europa (Kino Europa), will be taking place in the clubs Funk and Sirup, and as every year there will be a creative fair. Only for this occasion mini edition of Bazaar is transfered to the first floor of Cinema Europa.

Vox Feminae Festival is organized by association Prostor rodne i medijske kulture K-zona with support of Croatian Audiovisual Center, Republic of Croatia Ministry of culture, Department of Education, Culture and Sports of the City of Zagreb, National Foundation for Civil Society Development, Netherlands Embassy and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany .
More information about the festival can be found on the following web site www.voxfeminae.net/2012

(Source: voxfeminae)

(D.H., 16.11.2012)