Your festival BLOGGERS are...

Your City of Women Festival BLOGGERS are here, and already looking, and watching, and imagining the best ways to describe all the activity. Day 2 of the festival and you can hear the click clack of computer keys as musings are sculpted into blog posts. But before you get to the reading, here are brief biographies of the writers.



Shannon Cochrane (Canada)

Shannon Cochrane is a performance artist and cultural worker. She lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She is the current Director of FADO Performance Art Centre (established in 1993), a Toronto-based artist-run centre that presents the work of contemporary performance artists year-round. Shannon is a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of Total Art Journal, an on-line magazine focusing on performance and live art practices. She is also a founding member, curator, and organizer of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. (established in  1997), one of Canada's longest running biennales dedicated to performance art practices.


Ann-Sofie Öman (Sweden)

Ann-Sofie Öman is a translator and freelance journalist working mainly in the field of the arts. She has a university degree from the University of Lund in Sweden (English/Philosophy/Communication). Ann-Sofie has also studied music (a lot), creative writing, and preventive health care. Ann-Sofie started to write for the Swedish newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad when she was 17. She was the first woman sports journalist at that newspaper, and one of the first woman sports journalists in Sweden. She is covering the City of Women Festival and the Red Dawn Festival for the Swedish magazine Danstidningen.


Olalla Lemus (Spain)

Olalla Lemus is from La Coruña, where she first performed at the age of 7. Since then, her practice has ranged from ballet to skinner release techniques. She has a degree in sociology, and has always been interested in literature and social analysis methods. Her practice is influenced by her work with Independent Dance London, Brunel University, and the performance art troupe La Pocha Nostra. She currently works in the cultural sector.