This year’s Glastonbury Festival will feature a women-only venue for the first time.
The Sisterhood is described as an “intersectional, queer, trans and disability-inclusive space open to all people who identify as women”. All staff working in the venue, from performers to security guards, will also be people who identify as women.
This self-styled “revolutionary clubhouse” will be “hidden” within the Shangri La zone of the festival. Those who visit The Sisterhood can expect to hear live music and DJs playing disco, bass, pop, riotgrrl, punk and funk. They will also be able to attend workshops on intersectionality, diversity and inclusion and DIY power tools workshops with carpenter Rhi Jean.
A forums for black women called The Love In will take place on the Sunday of the festival. Daily dance classes and VIP guests are promised too.
Explaining the aims of the space, the venue’s organisers said: “The producers of The Sisterhood believe that women only spaces are necessary in a world that is still run by and designed to benefit mainly men. Oppression against women continues in various manifestations around the world today, in different cultural contexts.
“In the UK, the gender pay gap in the workplace, cuts to domestic violence services and sex worker rights are current talking points that highlight this issue. Sisterhood seeks to provide a secret space for women to connect, network, share their stories, have fun and learn the best way to support each other in our global struggle to end oppression against women and all marginalised people, whilst showcasing the best and boldest female talent in the UK and beyond.”
For more information, festival-goers can follow The Sisterhood on Twitter, @Join_Sisterhood. Check out the full Glastonbury line-up and stage times here.