ListenUp! Lex festival supports survivors of interpersonal violence

Community members are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Listen Up! Lex festival on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Phoenix Park.  

Listen Up! Lex is a new festival to amplify the voices of survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence, highlight the diversity of survivors and their experiences, and provide interactive opportunities for allies to support survivors.

The event will feature stories from survivors, music and spoken-word by local artists, survivor made crafts, information about local resources for survivors and those they love, and activities to help educate the community on ways to support survivors.

“The issues of interpersonal and sexual violence are so pervasive that it touches all our lives; we all know someone who has been tremendously affected by these issues,” said Stephanie Theakston, Coordinator for Lexington’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition. “This festival provides community members with a new way to engage with this cause, to support survivors by opening up the conversation about violence, and to be a part of saying “enough is enough.”

This event is made possible through partnerships with members of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition, including the City of Lexington, University of Kentucky’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Program, GreenHouse17, and Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center, and community partners including the Lexington Public Library – Central Branch, Transylvania University, and New Vista.