Kristen McClureBlog

HollerGirl – Healing Harmonies

“Women need to be heard”

The second annual HollerGirl festival happens later this summer. The female-forward weekend highlights Kentucky music, workshops, and art to promote healing.

“I wanted to combine the idea of highlighting female musicians with raising awareness for domestic violence survivors,” explains Kristen McClure, festival founder. “I am a survivor myself, and my grandmother was also a survivor.”

The lineup includes Senora May, Bee Taylor, Mama Said String Band, Possum Queens, and many more. The festival also features family-friendly activities for kids of all ages.

“It’s super important to me that my children, they’re 8 and 10, are surrounded by this sort of atmosphere where women are empowered,” shares Kristen. “The festival encourages kids to be strong and understand their place on this earth and what it means to be a good person.”

kristen and her kids

Workshops will be offered on music and writing. Local women artisans, vendors, and food trucks will join the event, and a silent auction will raise funds for our mission.

Alyssa, an advocate on our staff, hosted an informational table at last year’s event. “The festival was a safe and comfortable space for people to ask for resources and share their stories, experiences, hopes, and dreams,” she shares. “This year, we plan to bring more advocates, more resources, and our brand-new loom to create a community art project.”

alyssa on bench

HollerGirl takes place August 11 – 13 at Rockcastle Riverside in Livingston, KY. Tickets include tent and car camping for the weekend. Find all the details and purchase tickets on their website – HollerGirl.live

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