Naked stand-up comedy and a masterclass in strutting will open and close an inspirational festival that returns to Totnes Civic Hall May 3/4, designed to celebrate and honour bodies in all their various forms. Returning to Totnes for its second year, on May 3rd and 4th 2019, Bodykind Festival will feature renowned speakers, social media stars, comedy, theatre, art, workshops and dance.
The brainchild of former midwife Dinah Gibbons, Bodykind will spring into life on Friday 3rd with a naked stand-up comedy show from the inimitable Miss Glory Pearl (aka The Naked Stand-up), who hosts an evening of comedy and cabaret in the Civic Hall, Totnes.
“Every day as a midwife I witnessed bodies performing absolute miracles, but what I heard from women was distress and disappointment… They would say things like ‘when is my body going to get back to normal? I hate my stretch marks, my body has failed’,” said Dinah. She was compelled to investigate why judgement of our own bodies is so normal and who profits from internalised body hatred, and to challenge the marginalisation of certain bodies. “Bodykind may look on the outside like a cute and quirky local festival, but its aims are revolutionary. We want to build a kinder, brighter more inclusive future where no-one is ashamed of the body they live in.”
Dinah’s festival of body acceptance, now in its second year in Totnes, has caught the imagination of campaigners, comedians, artists, musicians, film makers, crafters and cake bakers in an atmosphere that is fun, celebratory and enquiring. Grassroots and non-profit, pricing is on a sliding scale to suit every pocket. “Bodykind has had a bigger impact on my body positivity than any therapist, counselling, medication or mindfulness ever has,” said one visitor to the first ever Bodykind festival in 2018. “Eight months into recovery from anorexia/bulimia I sat, I watched, I heard… it was a triumph of love, compassion and togetherness,” said another.
What’s on the bill?
MAY 3/4 Totnes Civic Hall
The festival kicks off with a night of comedy and cabaret on Friday night May 3rd includes:
The line-up for the main event on Saturday May 4th which is full of debate, workshops and entertainment includes:
Bodykind will end with a dance extravaganza including a Strutting masterclass with School of Strut and celebrated DJs Guilty Pleasures on the night of Saturday 4th May.
Tickets are available from www.bodykindfestival.com