The F Word is a festival celebrating the return of feminism. This year is the 4th edition of the F Word. The festival’s goal is “to approach feminism from a broad, inclusive and intersectional perspective”. It offers is a variety of workshops and discussions on equality, feminism, anti-sexism, queer and gender politics. There will also be a movie program and two nights of party with live bands and DJs.
The idea behind the F Word
How to describe the idea behind the F Word festival? To quote the organizers: “Do you feel pressured to be ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine’? Do you or your friends get harassed on the street for wearing a skirt? Are you sick of being judged by what’s between your legs rather than what’s in your head? Not sure how to respond to the sexist comments you hear around you? If you feel like we still have a long way to go before all genders are equal – STRIKE BACK WITH THE F-WORD!”
With that motto in mind the festival wants to create a welcoming atmosphere for all. They do not look at your gender, race, age, ability, sexuality or the amount of feminist scene points. The organizers hope the festival will get people more involved with feminist issues. The F Word wants to be a safer space for everyone. This means they create an environment that encourages open-mindedness and respect.
The program and location of the F Word
The program of the F Word is has a great variety of inspirational and practical workshops. And the best thing is: all workshops are free!
Friday the 29th of September kicks of with a DJ Workshop for Women. On Saturday and Sunday you can choose from the following workshops:
- Talk about The Black Protest movement in Poland
- Film-Making workshop
- Body-Positivity workshop
- Discussion organised by Mwanamke Collectif Afroféministe Belge
- Powertools against the Power!
- Feminist/Queer editing of Wikipedia
- Queertopia workshop
- Talk by PROUD
- Rugby for beginners
- Feminist Pedagogy: strategies in radical equality and intersectional practices for (potential) teachers
During the evenings there will be bands and DJ’s. The line up this edition is:
- Screaming Toenail (London)
- Claudia Fuentes (Valparaiso/Barcelona)
- Carmel Zoum (Berlin)
- Lepetka (Athens)
- Anti-Corpos (Brasil/Berlin)
In other words: a festival with a clear agenda and a great program! Look on their website for more details.
The festival is held at two venues, which are located nearby each other:
OCCII (friday and saturday evening 20:00 onwards):
1075 XL Amsterdam
Binnenpret (day program saturday and sunday, 12:00-19:ish)
Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16
1075 TX Amsterdam