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Listen Up! Festival raising awareness for survivors of interpersonal violence coming to Lexington Saturday

The inaugural Listen Up! Festival is bringing together activists, musicians, authors, dancers and more to downtown Lexington this Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to show support and bring awareness to survivors of interpersonal violence.

Inspired by the #MeToo movement, the festival represents Lexington’s commitment toward social change and amplifying the voices of survivors of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking.
At the heart of the festival will be “Our Voices,” a powerful panel discussion with survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence that will shed light on the diversity of their experiences – showing how interpersonal violence can affect anyone no matter their race, religion, sexuality, gender or economic status. The panel will take place at 2 p.m. at the Farish Theater, located in the Lexington Public Library.

The festival will be set up along Main Street, from Limestone to Esplanade, and include a resource fair, vendors and interactive booths. In addition to other discussions and workshops, the day will be filled with a range of musical, dance and poetry performances. There will also be group exercise activities such as yoga, tai chi and Zumba at multiple times throughout the day.

For a complete schedule of events, vendors and a map of the festival, go to lexingtonky.gov.

The festival will also have counselors onsite all day at the LFUCG Government Center for anyone who is seeking assistance.

The Listen Up! Festival is made possible through partnerships with the Domestic Violence Prevention Board, the City of Lexington, Lexington Public Library – Central Branch, Transylvania University, the University of Kentucky, GreenHouse 17 and the Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center (formerly the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center).

For the most up-to-date information on the Listen Up! Festival, visit their Facebook event page.

From City of Lexington

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