In a City of entertainment lights where diversity of cultures and food is an attraction for out of towners, and for residents the art and music scene is inspiration for the dreamers; A group of women decided to put together an event to pay tribute to an iconic woman like Frida Kahlo.
Los Angeles, is known to have art & music events that showcase the talents of so many up and coming artists. But little do we hear of an all female music and art festival that focuses on empowering women and is inclusive. In our LGBTQ community we’ve been fortunate to have Pride festivals that embraces and celebrates our diversity and history. From that fountain of skittles, smaller organizations over the years have given birth to groups and events that focus on each stream. Some of the events that have catered to the lesbian community have been the “Dyke March”, “Serafemme”, “Mujeres de Maiz” amongst others.
For many women whether lesbian or not, Frida was and still is a huge inspiration. Frida is well known for her resilient attribute of facing the hardships of life and finding artistry amidst the pain she encountered. Even though, Frida is mostly acknowledged and celebrated by the Mexican and Latin community, many women from different cultures gravitate to what Frida believed and created. The L-Project is a non-profit organization founded by a group of diverse women, from different cultures and age groups that are active community leaders, professors and business women that have a vision to provide a space and community to educate and empower.
In its coming out party, the City of West Hollywood along with several local stores and restaurants are co-sponsoring, ‘FRIDA FEST’ which focuses to showcase the different styles of female visual artists of: Yukiko Avila, Summer Bernal, Angela Brinskele, Karla Camacho, Rachael Cordova, Unconventional Apology Project, Yajaira Sesmas, Lua Soul, Orlanda Uffre, and Esmeralda Villalobos. Some of these artists will have tributes to Frida and others will tell stories of life challenging situations of women. What ever the story may be, these artists promise color and life on canvas. Aside from the art exhibit there’s also a line up of female performers that will bring it’s own charisma and fusion of inspiration. For those who are looking to dance a little, DJ Lancia and DJ Joyful will be intertwining their styles to cater all ears. The live acts will commence with the talented queer mariachi singer Magaly La Voz de Oro, who will be giving her own rendition of the Lila Downs and Chavela Vargas songs that were featured on the film “Frida”. The following 3 acts: Aunjel Adams, Saxual Deviants, Cyn da’ Poet and Xitlalic Guijosa will showcase R&B and Jazz sounds and poetry/spoken word tributes to Frida. The headliner for the festival is an LA native who has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Norah Jones, singer-songwriter, Irene Diaz who will bring the festival to a closing and leave many intrigued with the purity and romance in her music. There will also be vendors, info booths, wine tasting and a Frida look-a-like contest! The event is free but donations are welcome to continue the building of a foundation to serve the community.
What does this upcoming Saturday, September 12th, 2015 mean to women? A place to breathe inspiration and to network with other women, but most of all … it’s a space of belonging and celebrating the life of an inspiring woman who broke barriers and believed in living life, here’s to you Frida Kahlo!
Doors open at 1pm-6pm.
Location: Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park
Address: 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
FREE EVENT but must RSVP to info@LProjectLA.org