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Women Out West Festival 2013

"Wild Zucchinis Bistro opens in Cockermoth

What an amazing time Wild Zucchinis had cooking for the first ‘Women Out West’ festival 2013.

A big massive thank you to Judith Jones who invited us to cater for the festival and also to Donna Brookes who took some gorgeous pics of us! For those of you that don’t know what WOWFest is, yet, here’s some information:

WOWFest was born to Celebrate, Promote and Empower women in the Arts.

Over the weekend of 14th – 16th June 2013 there was a celebration of music, dance, creative writing and all things art and craft orientated in West Cumbria.

The Vision for Women Out West Festival 2013, by Judith Jones, Festival Founder

“As founder of the WOW festival, I’d like to explain why I felt it was necessary to create a female orientated festival, which celebrates and empowers women in the arts.

Music is in the doldrums, not since the punk revolution in 1977/8 has music been so corporate and manufactured, it is an “industry” making millions for international companies, and manipulating “stars” churning out a formulaic sound and image that is stifling real talent. “Women out West” is a protest against this takeover of the arts by international corporations. The ethos of the festival is to encourage women to embrace and discover their creativity by giving them the opportunity to see women who smashed the mould, and use them as role models.

We oppose the homogenisation of women into airbrushed, auto-tuned, botoxed, acrylic nailed, St Tropez’d size 0 female singers wearing very little apart from 4 inch heels and a painted on smile. We aim to encourage and empower women to be individuals, and to choose their own true path.

This is not a sexist festival. I like men, I like their bravery, their work ethic, their attitude, their application, their dedication to practising and getting out there and playing in bands, some of my favourite musicians are men, I am in a band with 4 men, who are fantastic musicians and great to be around. I admire the fact that they let me bitch at them and boss them around!

Historically, though, girls haven’t learned to play guitars and drums, practising endlessly in their bedrooms, then gone on to form rock bands! We are trying to redress that balance by showing that there are women that have, and are doing that. Women can play instruments, write poems, paint, sculpt and create all kinds of Art.

Our role models are: Janis Joplin, Annie Lennox, Suzi Quatro, Joan Baez, Debbie Harry, Siouxsie Sue, Kate Bush, K T Tunstall, Florence Welch, Patti Smith, P J Harvey, Alanis Morissette, Beth Gibbons, Amy McDonald, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crowe, Camille O’Sullivan, Hayley Williams, Sandi Thom, Connie Lush, Roz Sluman and many more that are out there smashing female stereotypes and creating new and innovative music.”

"Women Out West Festival 2013. Wild Zucchinis Bistro and Catering. Cumbria."
Papa Sam dishing out some of his amazing traditional African food! If you ever fancy an African event including traditional food and wonderful music, Papa Sam and Wild Zucchinis are the team you need!