Profile: Femtastic and Klubb Syrran

Photographer Annaliese Comelab shares photos from a show spearheaded by female artists and DJs from the collective, Femtastic.

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Photographer: Marcus Ronne | Pictured from left: Vanessa “NeyNey” Marko, Ida Östensson (Crossing Boarders) and Nathalie “Cleo” Missaoui.

The collective of talented female artists and DJs, Femtastic, premiered Klubb Syrran at Bar Brooklyn, Hornstull earlier this month. Translating to “Sis Club” in Swedish, Klubb Syrran is a female-led DJ club where the music and atmosphere are the focus and it premiered with seriously grooving beats from live performances by Aurelia Dey (and The Ballers) with reggae and afro-pop fusion and the artist Raye with old soul, pop and electronic sounds.  DJs of the night included Sister Justice (Sugarcane), May D (Anaye), Kippshu, Julia Wallman and Civl Oljudnad.

Femtastic is a collective of female artists in urban culture who work for structural change within a male-dominated music and culture industry. Femtastic started in the summer of 2010 when Vanessa Marko, Nathalie Missaoui, and several others organized a party at Södra Teatern in Stockholm. The event was a success and the concept quickly came to rest on two distinct principles – (1) To create a scene and space for female performing artists  by building a network in urban music, and (2) To inspire young girls to take their places within this art form.

Femtastic is built on the belief that women must organize and create spaces for themselves. The crew and the network’s activities are based on sisterhood, positive competition and collective strength. Their focus is to know and meet the interests, needs and ideas of female artists and cultural operators in Sweden. They work across different genres, organizations and networks that stands for the same values ​both in Sweden and abroad.

Here are a few photos from the premier of Klubb Syrran.

Femtastic presents Aurelia Dey Raye, Klubb Syrran Debaser Hornstull

Femtastic presents Aurelia Dey Raye, Klubb Syrran Debaser Hornstull

Femtastic presents Aurelia Dey Raye, Klubb Syrran Debaser Hornstull

Femtastic presents Aurelia Dey Raye, Klubb Syrran Debaser Hornstull

Femtastic presents Aurelia Dey Raye, Klubb Syrran Debaser Hornstull

Femtastic presents Aurelia Dey Raye, Klubb Syrran Debaser Hornstull

Femtastic presents Aurelia Dey Raye, Klubb Syrran Debaser Hornstull

Femtastic presents Aurelia Dey Raye, Klubb Syrran Debaser Hornstull

You can check out some urban grooves at Klubb Syrran every Friday at Debaser Strand.

More about Femtastic and its club

Spearheaded by women, Femtastic commercially runs clubs and events and have been doing so since 2010 in Stockholm, Umeå and Malmö. They have created a strong brand by successfully promoting female artists and DJs all over Sweden and conveying quality, solidarity and cohesion.

Klubb Femtastic is the core of Femtastic and  has been a creative focal point and platform for creating spaces for women in urban music. While the music is always urban, Femtastic also incorporates unique aesthetics such as integrating African fabrics, offering tropical fruits, and displaying paintings and artwork from Femtastic photographers and artists. Hip Hop, RnB, reggae, dancehall, and afro are just a few music genres they spotlight and their club attracts a diverse mix of people.

Since 2010, Femtastic has taken this female club concept all across Sweden and to Chile and South Africa.

www.femtastic.se

Author: Annaliese Comelab

Annaliese Comelab is a creative photographer with work experience in London, Melbourne, Sydney and now currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. She works in portraits, performance arts (dance, music, theatre), corporate headshots and events, reportage, travel and fine art. When she is not looking through the lens, you can find her spending time with her family and cycling around the city. Follow her visual logs on her blog

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