Happy New Year!

Female Arts 2013 Highlights

Happy New Year! Better late than never as my mum used to say. I’d like to reflect on 2013 and what it has meant for Female Arts.

I want to say a big THANK YOU to sub editor Sophie Porter, who took over organising Female Arts reviews and reviewers. Sophie is a freelance writer and MA graduate from Central, who also writes for Nerdy Minds. Do check out her facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Sophiewho and blog http://sophiewho.wordpress.com

THANK YOU to all of the Female Arts team http://femalearts.com/Female%20Arts%20Team especially everyone who joined in 2013 including Pamela, Carly, Maddy, Jade, Carmen, Kayleigh, Kate, Katie D, Katie R, G Hall, Rochelle, Ally, Ness, Sara, Becky, Gina, Luisa, Catherine, Amy, Heather, Bianca and our lovely readers. Please continue to follow us on twitter @femalearts, subscribe on facebook www.facebook.com/femalearts and SHARE, LIKE, RETWEET keep the conversation going!

2013 Highlights

It has been a really busy year for us and Female Arts is going from strength to strength. In 2013 our Twitter followers more than doubled (2600) and Facebook likes grew to over 600. If you haven’t Liked or Followed us yet – please do! http://twitter.com/femalearts http://www.facebook.com/femalearts

We published over 600 articles in 2013, you can find our archive here http://www.femalearts.com/archive

We interviewed just shy of 40 women (and some great men) including playwrights, directors, actors, artistic directors, producers, singers, comedians, musicians and artists. http://www.femalearts.com/interviews

Dozens of female focused or led theare companies and small businesses were featured http://www.femalearts.com/features and about 270 listings of gender equal or female focused shows and events were published http://www.femalearts.com/information

Reviews

We wrote nearly 200 reviews of women in performing arts, movies, books, opera, comedy, art exhibitions, festivals, webisodes, short films, theatre, cabaret, radio and more from London to Dundee, Birmingham to Cardiff. http://www.femalearts.com/reviews

Female Arts will review anything relevant, (performance, literary, visual) which we feel focuses on women or is gender conscious in some way, from fringe to mainstream productions and our reputation is growing across the UK.

I’m delighted that Female Arts has been recognised by the industry and that the National Theatre, National Theatre Scotland, Southbank Centre, Royal Court, V&A, Tate Modern, Theatre 503, Arcola, Ovalhouse, Oxford Playhouse, Reading Hexagon, Birmingham New Alexandra, amongst many others acknowledge us as press and invite us to review!

Highlights by Month

March 2013
The Female Arts team attended the Women of the World festival at Southbank Centre and reviewed several shows and events. You can book tickets for 2014 WOW now http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/women-of-the-world which runs from Wednesday 5th – Sunday 9th March 2014.

Nominated for the Orwell Prize in Journalism for my writing for Female Arts. http://theorwellprize.co.uk/how-to-enterentries-2013journalism-prize-2013/

June 2013
Female Arts were exhibited as part of 100 deeds http://www.100deeds.co.uk/ a project examining what gender equality means 100 years after the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. We were displayed in the People’s History Museum, Manchester 4th – 14th June 2013 as part of 'Wonder Women: Radical Manchester' exhibition alongside the memorial of Emily Wilding Davison, & also exhibited as part of 100 deeds at the Wilding Festival, London with ‘Soundcastle’ 13th - 16th June 2013. http://thewildingfestival.co.uk/

Summer 2013
Female Arts reviewed over 50 productions at the Camden and Edinburgh fringe festivals. http://www.camdenfringe.com http://www.edfringe.com/

Oct 2013
LA FPI (Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative) quoted me in an article on gender parity research http://lafpi.com/2013/10/the-numbers-problem-and-why-it-matters/

Nov 2013
When Sally Met Sally interviewed me about Female Arts http://www.whensallymetsally.co.uk/features/tackling-gender-inequality-a...

Female Arts was featured in Varsity, the student newspaper of Cambridge University http://www.varsity.co.uk/culture/6224

Dec 2013
I represented Female arts on the ‘Writing for Women’ panel at the ‘Women in Arts festival’ run by So and So Arts club www.thesoandsoartsclub.com and the Actors Centre http://www.femalearts.com/node/880

Plans for 2014

More of the same! bigger and better, onwards and upwards! There is room for Female Arts to review in other parts of the UK including Manchester, Bristol and Northern Ireland. We’d like to grow our readership and make some much needed updates to our website so that it looks better and operates more smoothly. We’d like to explore funding, marketing, and advertising possibilities. Collaboration with and /or supporting other feminist groups. Let’s make things happen!

Support Us!
If you like what we do at Female Arts, from reading our articles, seeing our updates on facebook and twitter, to if we have featured or interviewed you, published your press release, or reviewed your show please Support Us.

Female Arts doesn’t currently get any funding and we are run by lovely volunteers. If you can spare a donation, of any size please do so via paypal http://www.femalearts.com/support

Other Ways To Help – please spread the word so that we reach more readers. Share our posts on facebook, retweet us, tell your friends.

Thanks again for reading and looking forward to an exciting 2014.
Best wishes
– Wendy Thomson Editor

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