Press Release Arcilesbica Nazionale and Arcilesbica Bologna present:

LESBIAN PRIDE FESTIVAL (in Italy)
Let's Make Our Herstory!

Bologna, Sasso Marconi, Marzabotto
27 June - 1 July 2001



We would like this year "LESBIAN PRIDE FESTIVAL - Let's make our herstory!" to be a date rich with discussions and planning, a Pride for all lesbians who will meet to be together not only for fun but also to get a better grip of what 'becoming the makers of our lives' has come to mean to us, with the perspective of working for the growth of women's freedom.



The LESBIAN PRIDE FESTIVAL will include cultural events such as workshops, cinema, theatre, courses, launch of the latest editorial releases but also a disco, a surprise fashion show and the much awaited final celebration party; all will take place in the splendid scenario of the Bologna hills, between the regions Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany, within an area inclusive of restaurant, hotel, camping site, park, tennis court, riding ground and swimming pool.



The opening will take place on Wednesday June 27 at Cassero, the Bologna Lesbian and gay Centre at Porta Saragozza, where in the occasion of the launch of Rita Rasom book "Da Donna a Donna" ("From Woman to Woman") a 'literary' aperitif will be offered.



Thursday June 28: A.M. - Workshop: starting a lesbian/woman association - Course: body, music and movement P.M. - Film projection: "Aimče & Jaguar" - Dinner with live music - Evening performance "Onirical arcs" and "Pride Festival Defilč"



Friday June 29 A.M. - Course:"Lesbians and the women's movement" - Course: "The voice and its expression" P.M. - Launch of the Italian lesbian magazine "Towanda!" - Seminar: "Erotic journey inside lesbian literature" Evening theatre with the most popular lesbian actresses on the national scene: Sola e Luna, Angela Soldani, Spaventapassere.com and Eleonora Dall'Ovo.



Saturday June 30 Sasso Marconi: - Open discussion about "The materialist discourse of Monique Wittig" - continuation of previous courses Bologna (public space): - Liana Borghi introduces "Le manifeste contra-sexuel" by Beatriz Preciado Sasso Marconi: - Evening apertif with collective reading of " One toward the other, words of women lifetime companions" - Projection of the video "I Hate Goodbyes" by Julia Pietrangeli - Festival Night Party



Sunday July 1 Closing day with open debate: "Fear (of visibility) eats up our souls" and lunch.



The Lesbian Pride Festival was organized under the patronage of Marzabotto Council, Sasso Marconi Council, Bologna Province and the support of Orlando Association, Women of the Left Democrats, the Rifondazione Comunista Party, Federation of the Greens and CGIL Emilia Romagna regional trade union.



Organizing Staff LESBIAN PRIDE FESTIVAL e-mail: lesbfest@women.it mob.phns. 0349 5058132 o 0335 5326378 fax ++39-051 279220 website address: www.women.it/lesbianpridefestival To receive a detailed programme and all relative info please contact Press Office at:: LESBIAN PRIDE FESTIVAL lesbfest.press@libero.it mobitel. 0339 7991344