Sixth edition of the Vox Feminae Festival will be held from 21. till 24. november in Cinema Europa (Kino Europa) in Zagreb.
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.
Sixth edition of 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.
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 (in Croatian language only)
DECLARATION ON THE 8th OF MARCH, NOT FOR THE 8th OF MARCH
After a century of marking the 8th of March as a day dedicated to women, it's the right time for every woman to live out each day with awareness as her own. VoxFeminae reports daily, from today in English as well, on what women from Croatia and the Western Balkan area do.
VoxFeminae is a space of gender and media culture which acts as a platform of voices. Through the internet portal voxfeminae.net, video production, video and web services, education, counselling and VoxFeminae Festival we support and present the work of female artists, entrepreneurs, civil initiatives, non-governmental organisations and other gender aware and socially responsible groups and individuals.
The VoxFeminae portal was conceived in 2006, and has been operating in its current form since December 21st, 2010. The texts and reports we publish, with the emphasis on original texts, steer towards culture, art, politics and engaged media and socially responsible creation, which we ourselves advocate and generate.
An important part of the portal consists of a base of Croatian and regional female artists as well as a critical domain Cunterview, formerly an independent portal which we restructured and expanded into the current – VoxFeminae.
VoxFeminae Festival – Ladyfest Zagreb has been held every fall since 2007 until present day. Through visual and performing arts, film and musical creation, communication technologies and theoretical education we present to the public in live form everything we communicated through the web continuously throughout the year. In 2010, the film portion of the Festival has taken on the form of a competition which has so far seen 48 films from 19 countries.
The VoxFeminae production and services along with the portal and the Festival make up a unique whole of VoxFeminae activity. Through the construction of web pages, documentary videos, musical and promotional videos and graphic design we have, since 2007 till now, realised a significant number of independent projects and established cooperation with non-governmental organisations, civil initiatives and female artists with the goal of achieving the most efficient media presentation of their work.
The mission of the VoxFeminae portal, Festival, production and services is to increase the visibility and influence of women who, through their work, contribute to the creation of a society of gender equality and by their own example encourage socially responsible action. Therefore, we do not mark the 8th of March as Women’s Day, because that is what social institutions do for their own representation. VoxFeminae voices speak about women daily - about women, men and all of those who do not acknowledge gender as binary.
Mission: To increase visibility and influence of women who, through their work, contribute to the creation of a society of gender equality and by their example encourage socially responsible functioning.
Vision: A society in which decisions are equally made by women, men and all those who do not acknowledge gender as binary, which respects and implements principles of harmony, self-sustainable development and abundance for all.
Dance costumes as mirrors of multiculturalism
| March 7th 2011 | VEDRANA SUNKO | Even though oriental dance is quite popular in the West there is little or no scholarly research of the subject. The dance originated in Muslim countries where displaying excessive skin is avoided and dancers are in most cases forbidden to perform in public. Therefore it is not surprising that there is little information on the development of dance costumes and dancing.
Ivana Medvedec is among the few researchers of oriental dance and its socio-cultural aspect. She is a dance instructor, who recently held a lecture on this particular subject. Through her research she concluded that today oriental dance costumes have more to do with Hollywood than tradition. With that in mind, oriental dance, as we know it today could be a perfect example for Edward Said's definition of Orientalism. The Western perception of Orient is mainly based on romanticized harem images of writers, painters and explorers who portrayed the East as an exotic place marked with female sensuousness.
n.paradoxa is the only international feminist art journal in the world that explores the work of contemporary women artists and feminist theory.
| March 6th 2011 | JELENA GRAOVAC | The journal was founded in 1996 as an online issue, and the printed version was established in 1998. n.paradoxa publishes scholarly and critical articles written by women critics, art historians and artists on the work of contemporary women artists from around the world. The editor and founder of the journal is Katy Deepwell (linked in, paradoxa). For each thematic volume in print she selects well known artists and authors (Carol Duncan, Kaja Silverman, Linda Nochlin, Amelia Jones, Jo Ann Isaak, Martha Rosler) turning each issue into a mini-reader for all those interested or engaged in contemporary art practice. The latest volume of n.paradoxa explores the theme of 'Women's Work' (Vol. 27, Jan 2011).
| March 6th 2011 | Croatian author Mima Simić, whose short story "My Girlfriend" was published in the anthology Best European Fiction 2011 was quite astonished to see the editor's interventions in her text, which changed the meaning of her story entirely.
“I don’t write straight stories; and I don’t want anyone to be straightening my stories, in any way, sexual or textual—and certainly notwithout my consent.”
Mima Simić, an activist, writer and gender theorist would never have produced this “corrected“ version of the story (which made the narrator a man and the relationship heterosexual). When she confronted the publisher with these “interventions”, the editorial director replied he did not know why these changes were made. Read more on this at The Facts Behind One Story in Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction for 2011.
| March 6th 2011 | Vesna Balenović is Croatia’s most known whistle-blower. Ten years ago she was a highly ranked INA (Croatian Oil Corporation) employee, who was fired from INA after reporting corrupt activities and malpractices. Recently she was offered re-employment in INA as head of the anticorruption programme. The new president of the supervisory board, Davor Štern who offered her re-employment, said the company still has to find the best model for her re-employment, because of the law suits between Ms Balenović and the company. The Croatian government supports the motion for her re-employment, and Mrs Balenović stated that in the case of her re-employment, she would like her new office to be located outside the company's building so that employees could anonymously come and report corrupt activities.
More Films, Female Directors and Content for Young Adults
| March 6th 2011 | The National Development Programme of the Audiovisual Industry was presented on January 27th, 2011. The presentation took place during an official ceremony held in a fully packed lecture hall of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. This strategic document defines the guidelines of audiovisual development in the period 2010-2014.
Some of the Programme guidelines include increasing the number of spectators to 5 million (the number of cinema visits per capita from 0.7% to 1.1%), raising the rates of Croatian film in digital cinemas and on TV from 1% to 15%, and of European films to 20%.