Ohio Lesbian Festival Worker Applications Now Available

Ohio Lesbian Festival Worker Applications Now Available

Are you interested in working in a womyn-only environment to build womyn’s community?   Want to find out what goes on behind the scenes to put on a music festival?   Now is your opportunity! 
 
We are now accepting applications from womyn who want to work on a crew at the 2019 Ohio Lesbian Festival. Follow this link for crew information.   There are a variety of worker options including working before and after the festival, during the festival only, and there are a large selection of festival areas to choose from.  Working on a crew at the Ohio Lesbian Festival includes free admission to the festival, free meals in the festival kitchen and a variety of other worker events and benefits.  
 
The Ohio Lesbian Festival will take place on September 19 – 22, 2019 at Hoover Y Park in Lockbourne, Ohio.  Please go to the OLF website www.ohiolba.org for a full description of worker expectations, more information about getting involved, all festival ticket options, and about becoming a vendor or workshop presenter at the festival.      

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Ohio Lesbian Festival and Lesbians Benefitting the Arts Announcement

Our world is a challenging place.  We live in a time where differences generate fear and distrust.  Bigotry, hatred, racism and xenophobia are freely expressed not only by our leaders but by dominant culture in most every facet of our daily lives.  Safety can feel fleeting and ever changing, especially for people of color and other marginalized communities.  

Lesbians Benefitting the Arts and the Ohio Lesbian Festival recognize that this reality sometimes flows over into womyn’s space and community. Over the years there have been incidents where womyn have been threatened, harassed or otherwise attacked.  We have seen particularly disturbing and highly visible incidents of racism at the last 2 festivals. While we have had a strong policy statement about anti-bullying and anti- oppression for years, we acknowledge that we need to step up our commitment to interrupting, preventing and responding to these situations at the Ohio Lesbian Festival and other LBA events.

We say to our Systers of Color that we see you, we see what the world and society does to you and we want to do better.  Womyn’s communities have always been on the leading edge of social change – and LBA/OLF both honors that herstory; our herstory in that arena and we make a commitment to continuing to learn and to lead.  

When we say “All Womyn Welcome, Always” we are genuinely opening our hearts and our home to embrace the differences that strengthen us.  We believe in the power of womyn only space. As womyn we are oppressed and marginalized, we come together to empower each other, to explore oppression, to unlearn racism and learn from and teach each other.  

The words of Audre Lorde “When one of us is oppressed, none of us are free.”  and Emma Lazarus “There is no hierarchy of oppressions” come to mind. We must stand together as womyn, as lesbians, as womyn of color, as native and indigenous womyn, as womyn with disabilities, as deaf womyn, as womyn born womyn, as transgender womyn, as de-transitioned womyn, as straight womyn, as bisexual womyn, as immigrant womyn, as undocumented womyn, as young and old womyn, as spiritual womyn and womyn of faith, we must recognize our common ground and celebrate together.  We must stand in solidarity with each other and we must do better.

In pursuit of these goals, LBA/OLF has drafted an action plan that will help us to lead ourselves and our community in this effort.   This statement is just one step on this path, that has and will continue to include:

  • Train coordinators & crew in methods of recognizing, de-escalating and interrupting difficult situations that is both appropriate and culturally sensitive.
  • Create a trained Critical Response Team to respond and intervene in difficult situations with appropriate skills and techniques
  • Implement a centralized reporting, documentation, monitoring, evaluation and response process for all critical incidents
  • Utilize community-based strategies for reporting, responding and de-escalating incidents, limiting involvement of state systems unless absolutely necessary

We endeavor to create a community where acts of racism, bullying, oppression and other destructive actions are not acceptable.

Please join LBA/OLF in our commitment to unlearning the assumptions and isms that divide and harm us.  This work is hard, but it is crucial. Missteps are inevitable. We must all hold each other accountable with love and kindness, with firmness and with passion.  The festival team has released an updated anti-oppression statement and will be releasing a community awareness / education campaign ahead of the festival to help womyn understand our policies and intentions and how they can help.

The final step of this action plan will involve a series of workshops at the Ohio Lesbian Festival that will focus on a Global Community of womyn and will focus on unlearning oppression and racism.  We are asking you all to join us in participating in these workshops and in building a Global Community that stands with each other, with all of us, to make a better world.

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Contact

We are already receiving lots of questions about the 2018 Ohio Lesbian Festival!  Some things will be changing – like our move to our beautiful, new location. But most things that you know and love about OLF will be staying the same – the womyn-only space, lots of camping options, fantastic performers and activities, and the freedom to be you.   

We have updated our FAQ page (Frequently Asked Questions) and we welcome you to look it over and see if your question is answered there.  If you need further information please fill out the submission form and we will answer you as quickly as possible. Also included on the FAQ page are the contact links for festival team members who handle the areas such as performer submissions, vendors, workshops, tickets, camping and more.   

So please be patient with us.  Check back often, join our facebook Community page for all the breaking news and announcements, and spread the word if you like what you see.  We appreciate your love and support.

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New Date & Home For 2018

New Date & Home For 2018

The Ohio Lesbian Festival Planning Team have been hard at work for several months, working to plan an amazing 2018 festival.Due to unforeseen challenges with the venue, we have to change the dates that we originally released last fall. We are still waiting on final confirmation, but we realize that womyn need to plan vacation time far in advance.

Our new tentative dates will be September 20 – September 23, 2018. This is a week later than our typical dates. Please help us finalize these dates with your love and woo!
Know that we understand this may cause an inconvenience for some of you, and for that we apologize. We have been working feverously to get this nailed down, but the wheels of production some times grind slowly.
We are all committed to not letting this bump in the plan take us off our course of creating an amazing weekend of community and connection. We deeply appreciate your support and can’t wait to see you in September.

Stay tuned for more details soon.

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New Dates Added

Breaking and Exciting News

The Ohio Lesbian Festival Planning Team have been hard at work for several months, working to plan an amazing 2018 festival.

Due to unforeseen challenges with the venue, we have to change the dates that we originally released last fall. We are still waiting on final confirmation, but we realize that womyn need to plan vacation time far in advance.

Our new tentative dates will be September 20 – September 23, 2018. This is a week later than our typical dates. Please help us finalize these dates with your love and woo!

Know that we understand this may cause an inconvenience for some of you, and for that we apologize. We have been working feverously to get this nailed down, but the wheels of production some times grind slowly.

We are all committed to not letting this bump in the plan take us off our course of creating an amazing weekend of community and connection. We deeply appreciate your support and can’t wait to see you in September.

Stay tuned for more details soon.

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