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Press Release: Wild Women’s Performing Arts Festival

February 4, 2010
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“Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing.  Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species.  Though the gifts of the wildish nature come to us at birth, society’s attempt to “civilize” us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls.  Without Wild Woman, we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped.”   ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With the WolvesWild Women Arts Festival photo 2010

In an attempt to find everyone’s inner Wild Woman, Rebecca Cant and Angela Lytle, have reclaimed the term “Wild” and created a bi-annual fundraising event called the Wild Women’s Performing Arts Festival, which empowers women and addresses the issue of gender equality in a way that Korean and English speakers alike can benefit from.

“Before coming to Korea, I had never really aligned myself with ‘feminism.’ But once I began volunteering with the KWAU, I realized that much of what we take for granted back home doesn’t apply here,” Rebecca stated, when asked why she decided to help organize this event. “Yes, women have the right to vote, to work, to use contraception. But we\hen will Korean society really tackle domestic violence and sex trafficking? When will Korean labor law be revised and actively enforced in order to address the inequalities that exist in terms of salary and status? When will more women be appointed as government ministers?”

The KWAU, or Korea Women’s Association United, has been trying to tackle these issues since its inception in 1987. They are an umbrella organization that unites over forty member organizations, including anti sex-trafficking groups, Korea Women’s Hotline, and other groups such as agencies for disabled women. The KWAU lobbies tirelessly for equal rights for women in Korea, regardless of race or sexual orientation.

All proceeds from the Festival will be given to the KWAU, ensuring that women will continue to develop their “wildish nature.”

The Festival will also kickoff International Women’s Day (IWD), which is celebrated on the 8th of March. It is an occasion marked by women’s groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back at a tradition that represents at least nine decades of a struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

This year’s Festival will provide aural and visual performances from female poets, musicians, storytellers and dancers and will be held at the beautiful club, Mong Hwan. It is located in Sinchon and consists of three unique and artistically designed floors, whereby the bands, spoken word artists and dancers will each be featured on the separate floors as well as a silent auction showcasing the works of local photographers and painters.

Performances by Orgeltanz and Dringe Augh, both from South Korea’s indie label, Electric Muse; as well as Bigbabydriver, Oriental Lucy and a solo performance by Zee of The Pines, will have audience members dancing all night long. For a more mellow vibe, checkout spoken word performances from the women of Word Food. Stunning dance moves from dance troupes, like Plus, a late-night DJ session will ensure that everyone is entertained until the wee hours of the morning.

Although one night is not enough to eradicate gender inequality, it is a step in the right direction. Through continued activism and support, women in Korea and throughout the world will be given equal opportunities and benefits as men. So come on out to Mong Hwan on February 27 and enjoy some spectacular performances for a great cause. The event will be from 8pm until and the DJ spins her last song!

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For more information about the Wild Women’s Performing Arts Festival, visit http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=49772378056&ref=ts. To check out Mong Hwan and their special events, visit club.cyworld.com/monghwan.

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