Michfest was  a private, intergenerational women-only camping event and international feminist music festival that was founded in 1976 by 19-year-old Lisa Vogel, her sister Kristie Vogel and friend Mary Kindig in a small wooded area in Michigan.  Michfest was completely built, staffed, run and attended by women. The 40th and final festival took place August 4-9, 2015.

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Michfest was a private, intergenerational women-only camping event and international feminist music festival that was founded in 1976 by 19-year-old Lisa Vogel, her sister Kristie Vogel and friend Mary Kindig in a small wooded area in Michigan.  Michfest was completely built, staffed, run and attended by women.

Women built all of the stages, ran the lighting and sound systems, made the trash collection rounds, served as electricians, mechanics, security, medical and emotional support, cooked meals for thousands over open fire pits, provided childcare, and facilitated workshops covering various topics of interest to the attendees, who were referred to as “festies”. Hundreds of women spent upwards of a month out on the land building the festival from the ground up because every year the festival was dismantled, leaving the land as close to how it was found as possible.

Community norms were set through worker community meetings where the youngest members of the community were given as much access to participate as the oldest. Community service support included ASL translation at every performance, emotional and physical health care.

There Is No Story Like the Michfest Story.

Thousands of womyn and girls put their imagination, work, love, sweat and commitment into creating a female focused, lesbian-centric event that did not exist anywhere else on the planet.

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Women built all of the stages, ran the lighting and sound systems, made the trash collection rounds, served as electricians, mechanics, security, medical and emotional support, cooked meals for thousands over open fire pits, provided childcare, and facilitated workshops covering various topics of interest to the attendees, who were referred to as “festies”. Hundreds of women spent upwards of a month out on the land building the festival from the ground up because every year the festival was dismantled, leaving the land as close to how it was found as possible.

Community norms were set through worker community meetings where the youngest members of the community were given as much access to participate as the oldest. Community service support included ASL translation at every performance, emotional and physical health care.

 


There Is No Story Like the Michfest Story.

Thousands of womyn and girls put their imagination, work, love, sweat and commitment into creating a female focused, lesbian-centric event that did not exist anywhere else on the planet.

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LETS TALK ABOUT MICHFEST.

P art on-line collective memoir,  part archival endeavor,  Voices from the Land is an experiment in giving voice to four decades worth of experiencing what is possible when thousands of womyn get together in the woods of rural Michigan and imagine what a female focused, lesbian centric culture would look like and how it would operate. That town has been built from the ground up and taken down without a trace every August for almost 40 years. Thousands of womyn and girls have put their imagination, work, love, sweat and commitment into creating something that does not exist anywhere else. These are their stories, told by the womyn and girls who have lived them – this is an ongoing effort to collect those stories and house them in one location. This is Michfest. These are the Voices from the Land.

OUR EXPERIENCE. OUR WORDS.

Tell Your Story

Lets Talk about Michfest. Your Experience. Your story. Your Words.

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Michfest Matters and Voices from the Land  is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. Michfestmatters.com is an independently produced project and all content on this site is user submitted and publicly posted with prior consent.

*Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival Wikipedia