Swan Day Connecticut to spotlight women in the arts

Published on Sunday, 17 March 2019 21:12
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN -The 12th annual Swan Day Connecticut will take place on March 30 at Trinity-on-Main, with a goal of empowering women through art.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to midnight and it will be highlighted by activities including music, dance, visual arts, photography, body painting and on-stage art.

Jennifer Hill, producer of the event, said 2019 marks the fourth year that Trinity-on-Main will host the event.

“We like Trinity-on-Main because it has all of the facilities that we need,” Hill said. “Our show just alone has over 100 people working within the show since we have 17 bands that are hitting the stage during the night. We have 30 artists and we have all this people so we needed a venue that could hold two staging areas at once. The way it is set up is we are using the main stage and we are using the other room, which is called the Rotunda, as another stage and both stages will be going all night long.”

According to Hill, this music and arts festival is the biggest female-fronted music festival on the East Coast.

The show is done at the end of Women’s History Month as a culmination to support all the women in the arts.

Hill said Swan Day is an international holiday and there are 700 Swan Day shows around the world.

“Only seven are Super Swan events and Connecticut is one of them, and that means that we are recognized by Women Arts as being a part of the international mission to help empower women in the arts,” Hill said. “It’s a big thing. It’s not just an event that happens. It’s actually a big movement for women.”

Swan Day was started by Women Arts in 2007.

“This is really about women’s empowerment in the arts,” Hill said. “But when we say that we are promoting women in the arts, we are giving them promotion, we are sending them to radio stations, we’ll play their music on air, we are sending them to promote so that people learn who they are within our community. It’s really a big effort to push everyone who’s involved for that year to help them gain recognition for their art work and their music and whatever they are doing so they can make a better living off of it, especially since women are the most underrepresented part of the arts community.”

Swan Day Connecticut attracts people from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“We are from the tri-state area because a lot of people like to come to our event since there is not another female fronted music festival in the tri-state area or really on the East Coast,” Hill said.

Tickets can be purchased for $25 online at swandayct.com or at the door for $30.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or ksantos@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Sunday, 17 March 2019 21:12. Updated: Sunday, 17 March 2019 21:14.