SlutFest 2013 was the all-singing, all-dancing, all-poetic, all-hilair, all-sequined, all-woman-lovin’, all-slutty, all-the-time extravaganza we hoped and dreamed it would be! The large and enthusiastic audience thrilled to the performances of Telia Neville, Emilie Zoey Baker, Nellie White, Hannah Monagle, Lady Bird, Gosti, Kitty Bang, Jessica Alice, Emily Jarrett, Hissy Loco, Dame Titzi te Kanawa (Va Va Boombah) and Anna’s Go-Go Academy, all hosted in the glorious surrounds of the Bella Union bar, upstairs at Melbourne Trades Hall!
Door prizes included Tea & Scrabble with feminist rabblerouser, Van Badham, a custom-written bespoke letter from you to anyone by boner-killing wordsmith, Clementine Ford, a dance lesson at the hi-haired, hi-energy Anna’s Go-Go Academy, Dungeons & Dragons (or a game of your choice) with patron saint of geek comedy, Ben McKenzie, and an original artwork by Matthew Dunn. These were all won by shiny-smiled punters who couldn’t believe their luck. We’re so grateful for the support and offers of time and love from these generous patrons of SlutWalk Melbourne. Our most sincere thanks to you all.
Hosted by femmo-about-town, Karen Pickering, and brought to you by the hardworking and attractive team at SlutWalk Melbourne, with the help of brilliant and beautiful volunteers, SlutFest included opera singing, a dancing vagina, stunt dildos, a choreographed dance to eighties hair metal, beat poetry, tears of love, joy and power, and Helen Reddy sung in the nude. Unforgettable performances and a brilliant audience made our night, and we hope yours.
The event raised money to stage Melbourne’s third annual SlutWalk in August 2013, with all extra funds going straight to the Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA), the 24 hour crisis care service for victims of sexual violence. We raised over a thousand dollars on the night, and will make an official donation to the CASA forum after the bills are paid following the walk. We are beyond appreciative and verging on ecstatic that the night could come together as beautifully as it did, raise so much money, and make so many people happy.
SlutFest will be back in 2014 so you can keep supporting a good cause – taking a stand against victim-blaming and slut-shaming in all its forms. It’s always good for us to let our hair down for one night, so that we can keep supporting survivors and having these vital conversations in public.