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Femme Fest to benefit Friends of the Family

Femme Fest to benefit Friends of the Family

November 27
23:29 2012

Alex Byrd/Intern

Self-proclaimed feminists Darci McFarland and Daisy Salinas are the two women behind the class assignment-turned-benefit-concert known as the Denton Femme Fest. The event will take place at 9 p.m. this Thursday at Hailey’s.

Salinas organized two previous Tennessee-based concerts entitled Ladypalooza and Femme Fest, but hopes the third time will be a definite charm for the Denton community.

“Femme Fest is going to be an exciting, diverse collaboration of several different artists and different types of art,” McFarland said. “It’s important for us to fight sexism in both the artistic community and the real world, and this is our attempt to do that.”

Price of entry for the event is $3 for those 21 and up and $5 for those 18-20.

Femme Fest, which began as an art and activism final project, plans to promote female musicianship, help struggling women within the community and celebrate the empowerment of women through art and networking.

“It starts from an early age,” Salinas said. “Girls are encouraged to learn how to play in bands or play instruments. Music has been the best thing for feminism.”

The event will fuse entertainment and community service and will feature acts such as comedian Sheila Bustillos Reynolds and spoken word artist Erica Granados-De La Rosa. It will also include five musical artists performing music ranging from folk to R&B, including Mesha, Maria Cecilia, Mary Walker, Rip the System and DEEP Throat.

There will also be a silent art auction that will showcase art such as paintings, drawings, photography and sculptures from local female artists.

Proceeds will benefit Friends of the Family, a nonprofit organization focused on domestic violence prevention.

Girls Rock Dallas, a nonprofit that aims to empower young girls and women through music education will also have a table set up for anyone interested in getting involved.

“People often ignore domestic violence and put it under the rug,” Salinas said. “We want to bring awareness and especially help everyone make a difference. It doesn’t have to be a benefit concert, but music is the greatest medium to bring social change.”

One in four American women are personally affected by domestic violence, according to the Allstate Foundation.

“Femme Fest will showcase how violence against women is a huge, largely unaddressed problem in our society,” McFarland said. “It’s important for us to combat that in any and every way we can.”

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