This summer will be the inaugural launch of “The Other Festival,” new entry into the festival circuit that celebrates female makers and creators. The festival will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Brooklyn, and will nurture creativity and promote entrepreneurship among millennial women.
The Other Festival showcases “the women who are redefining how to do business, setting their own rules, putting new systems in place, pushing boundaries,” according to the announcements made today by the event’s team. The event is spearheaded by WIE, an influential women’s leadership network that works to empower women in their careers.
The three-part event begins with talks, workshops and demos on everything from design to branding to vlogging, giving attendees the tools to turn their own ideas into action. Festival-goers can also interact with the stars of tomorrow via the SMART SHOP village, a marketplace for female makers. And finally, the day ends with performances from the hottest names in music, many of whom will also speak about their experiences in the industry and share advice on how to navigate.
“I moved to New York because it was a place that welcomed and positively encouraged entrepreneurship, disruption and creativity. And Brooklyn has one of the highest concentrations of female entrepreneurs in America so it was only fitting that we hold our first festival there,” said Dee Poku, founder and CEO, WIE and creator of The Other Festival. “This is a one-of-kind event, a place to be inspired and to discover what’s next. Women in music, fashion, art and technology are at the forefront of innovation in America and I’m looking forward to gathering these mold breakers together. The future is most definitely female.”
“I’m proud that New York City will serve as the launching ground for The Other Festival,” said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. “Women in business are the backbone of our economy. We want to make New York City a place to celebrate and support women. Through The Other Festival we are giving the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders the tools they need to succeed.”
Participants in The Other Festival come from the worlds of music, art, food, design, photography, technology and fashion. Among those sharing their creative process and paths to success are actor Rosario Dawson, Reshma Saujani (Founder of Girls Who Code), Rachel Tipograph (Founder of MikMak), Lindsey Stirling (Musician, YouTube Vlogger) Marissa Webb (Designer), Melissa Battifarano (Creative Director of FentyxPuma), Erin Beatty, (Creative Director, Suno), Gelila Bekele (Model, Activist, Filmmaker) Melissa Ben Ishay (Founder of Baked By Melissa), Jen Britton (Founder of Jen’s Splendid Ice Cream) Elena Brower (Yoga Teacher, Author) Molly Guy (Founder of Stone Fox Bride), Aurora James (Founder of Brother Vellies), Pamela Love (Jewelry Designer), Lauren Maillian (Host of Quit Your Day Job on Oxygen), Stephanie Mark (Founder of The Coveteur), Rebecca Odes, (Co-founder of Wifey.tv), Karen Wong (Deputy Director, New Museum, Vashtie, DJ, Filmmaker, Artist) and Brett Heyman (Founder of Edie Parker).
General admission tickets start at $75 and can be purchased online: theotherfestival.eventbrite.com, the event will be held at the Brooklyn Mirage.