Gender equality is described as equal recognition and evaluation, power, position, role and active inclusion of all genders in all areas of public and private life. In Slovenia, we agree that gender equality is a value of a democratic society, but reality is quite different.
More than 100 musical groups or solo musicians work, practice and perform in and around town of Maribor, Slovenia. Less than 30% of them are women. WHY?
Messy haired and bearded, music festival with socially engaged tune, festival of equality, has been addressing this issue since 2017. Through projects’ activities (concerts, workshops, discussions, exhibitions, podcasts), we initiated not only public discourse, but also critical reflection on the topic of underrepresentation of women on the Maribor’s and wider music scene.
During the five festivals’ years, we presented original and other musical creations of active groups and musicians of all genders, who significantly co-shape and co-create Maribor’s and nearby music scene.
Festival’s mission: 1) to highlight the role of Maribor’s female music performers in the hyperproductive pool of mostly male music groups and performers, 2) to draw attention to gender inequality with a socially engaged approach, with an emphasis on Maribor’s music scene.
Thorugh the prism of mutual respect and equality we are establishing a training ground for greater exposure of women on Maribor’s music scene and the wider spread of female artistic and social sensibility, in cooperation with male performers.
In other words, through music: No! It’s a man’s man’s world – as James Brown groans, rather: People have the power! – as Patti Smith roars.
MESSY HAIRED & BEARDED Maribor, Slovenia, 29.8. – 10.9.2022 Vetrinjski Dvor Mansion, Kavenija cafe, town streets, National Liberation Museum park
We invite you to visit 13 festival days at 4 venues with concerts, talks, exhibitions and tourist tours. Our festival is a modest addition to Maribor’s cultural offer and a great contribution to engagement in the field of gender equality in culture by equalizing the ratio of 30% (women) – 70% (men) in the music and wider art scene.
We officially start the exhibition program on Monday, August 29th at the Kavenija cafe venue with the opening of art exhibition by Artopolis platform, which is intended to promote the works of Slovenian artists.
On Tuesday, 30.8. we are meeting online at the discussion of the Slovenian Music Information Center, where we will discuss the issue of underrepresentation of women in music.
From Wednesday 31.8. until Saturday, 3.9. loud female musicians with musicians from so-called “alternative” genres are expecting you with their non-commercial, message-articulated and heavy performances.
From Sunday, 4.9. until Thursday, 8.9. you will be enchanted by SCATS! at Kavenija cafe with swing rhythms and young rocker band Sthenge. You will meet the finalists of Slovenska nota competition 2021 – Neli Jerot and Ina Olup. Singer-songwriter, poet and translator Matej Krajnc will charm you with Bob Dylan’s repertoar in Slovene. You might want to have a coffee chat with Vid Kmetič and ask him about his artistic muses. On the last evening, you will reflect on the engaging lyrics of the duet LAV & Amo.
Festival will close with a bang on Friday, 9.9. and Saturday 10.9. in the park of the Museum of National Liberation, where a poetry and music program is prepared by female SLAM poets with Matic Ačko, students and mentors of the KUD Coda music school, and rockabilly Joe & The Rhythm Boys with messy-haired Miss Stacey. The museum’s exhibition “Thank you for the company” about the social life of Maribor’s residents in the years 1900–1990 will be the icing on the festival’s cake.
We celebrate the mutual cooperation of exceptional people, regardless of gender.
Development & executive production 2017-2022
Tanja Cvitko & IDEA BOX, association for promotion of innovative cultural production Coproducer: music school KUD Coda Maribor
Festival is recognised by the Municipality of Maribor, Slovenia.