behind BF:

BABES FEST is an annual music, art, film, comedy and edu festival based in Austin, Texas. We come together to amplify and celebrate women and nonbinary artists of various mediums—spanning music, film, art and comedy. Join us for five events over the course of four days, each a testament to being loud and SHOWING UP. BABES FEST 2018 runs from August 30 to Sept. 2 in Austin, Texas. Information on the weekend's performances, panels, screenings and installations are available at babesfest.com. ~ everybody’s welcome. ~

the why:

We believe women-identifying and non binary artists, producers, entertainers, cultural organizers, and audience members alike deserve a space to celebrate themselves, network and share resources. So, as an interdisciplinary, multi-platform experience, BABES FEST links creative communities in a collaborative initiative for gender equality.At our inaugural festival in 2015, we transformed a theatre in Austin, Texas into a one-day warehouse party, featuring 27 women-led acts in comedy, music and film. Shortly thereafter, we produced a series of two panels and network events for women in comedy, film and music in New York City (attended by artists like Jessica Williams and Katja Blichfield). From the hype of these initial events, we’ve partnered with Texas' Bullock Museum on their #femmefilmfridays series and begun an international training program for cultural producers invested in gender equity. We wrapped up our second annual BABES FEST July of 2017, transforming what was initially a one-day event into three days of comedy, music and film (showcasing 50+ acts, the event saw 1500+ attendees). 

See y'all for round three August 30 through September 2, 2018.

Learn more in this interview with Texas Monthly.