Women’s Stand-up

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For the first time, a group of Latvian performers under the name Women’s Stand-up (Sieviešu stendaps) will perform in Estonia. In ten years, it has become a veritable artistic breeding ground, bringing together women who would like to crack jokes in an organised manner. It is an important platform that allows women to discuss their concerns and painful issues through laughter and sharp humour. The platform has showcased a number of creatives from various fields, not least the Minister of Culture of Latvia Agnese Logina. The festival audiences can enjoy the cheerful feminism of Futurmamma (1992), who works in Berlin and Riga; the appealing attitude and dry sense of humour of Leadyah/Lidija/Lidia/Lidiya/Lydia (1991); prose writer, poet and playwright Inga Gaile (1976), who is a returning guest and calls herself a wannabe comic in the context of Women’s Stand-up; half-chemist and half-comic Marta Vilka (1991), and Santa (1986), who says she has everything she needs: the appearance of Santa Clause, a podcast with zero listeners, and two small children. Estonia is represented by writer and translator Kätlin Kaldmaa (1970), who has described living as a woman in Estonia as a choice between tragedy and daily comedy. It seems that for Women’s Stand-up, Kaldmaa chose the second option. The performance is introduced by Latvian Ambassador to Estonia Kristīne Našeniece

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