Michfest (1981)

“Eight thousand women descended upon the wooded expanse of Hesperia, Michigan for the 6th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (MWMF) on Auqust 13-16. Although the festival eschews “star” billings, the performers most familiar were Meg Christian, Alix Dobkin, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Terry Garthwaithe, and Alive! In all, 16 groups performed. Face the Music, who handled interpretation for the hearing-impaired, gave a graceful and sensitive performance that enhanced the
The festival, which has grown steadily in attendance since its inception in 1976, was characterized by a spirit of cooperation
and respect for the property and its temporary inhabitants. A great deal of credit is due the eighty or more organizers for their smooth coordination of an undertaking of this magnitude.
To the uninitiated MWMF spectator (which I was)…”

Author(s): nancy fithian
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 11, No. 9 (October 1981), p. 15

Michfest (1981) (link)

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On MichFest, Lisa Vogel and attempts to co-opt our collective herstory: ‘An Open Letter to the North American Women’s Movement’

“Recently a book was published on women’s culture, Eden Built by Eves.
This book focuses on the festivals which have been instrumental in creating our tremendous culture over the last 25 years. Much of the book, and our culture, has been tethered to the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, which for many is the heartbeat of the movement. As we come up on the milestone of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Michigan Womyn’s Festival, it is natural to celebrate the phenomenon that so many women have participated in and given life to.
Unfortunately, Eden Built by Eves seems to be an attempt to co-opt our collective herstory and put it in the hands of a very few women. These women were indeed participants in the cultural tidal wave, but they were not the visionaries or the workers who made the movement happen.”

Author(s): Krissy Keefer

Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 30, No. 3 (March 2000), p. 13

An Open Letter re. MichFest (Link)

nb. If you know who took the above photograph at MichFest, please comment so I can credit them.