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The femfestival

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Support the activities of the femfestival with a donation.

Contribute to the dissemination of women’s music and to promote the work of women composers. Every contribution, even the smallest, will be useful. 

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"Women Composers" Competition

open to women from all over the world and all ages

femfestival Hub

Send us your composition (or even more) with a brief description of it.

The pieces will be uploaded in Mp3 format on our online sharing platform and it will participate in an audience contest. The winning song will be announced on the 30th November 2021 and will receive a prize.
By inaugurating an open and free sharing and dissemination project, we want to give voice to those women who dedicate themselves to the art of composition.


    The femfestival geography

    With the femfestival we were able to map a large part of the globe: each point indicates the country of origin of one or more female composers.

    femfestival time line

    The femfestival in october


    • INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION “WOMEN COMPOSERS”: open to women of all nationalities and ages. The announcement of the winners and the award ceremony will take place during the finalists’ concert on November in Florence, an event hosted by Loredana Lipperini.

    • FEMFESTIVAL HUB: an online collection and publication of the compositions of the women composers around the world (active from 15th October). A space dedicated to women composers to disseminate their work as much as possible: the public will have the possibility to listen to their music, comment and vote. At the end, the audience prize will be awarded to the most voted composition.

    • COCOLAB: an experimental workshop of collaboration and contamination between Italian women composers, Amat musicians and a composer from Burkina Faso.


    • COMPOSITION TODAY. AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE JURORS: interviews with some members of the International Jury of the “Women Composers” Competition conducted by Anna Menichetti (Radio Rai 3).

      On our YouTube and social channel, at 5 p.m. (Italian time)

    Interview with Ekaterina Kozhevnikova - First part 10 October 2021

    Second Part 10 October 2021


    • A TEA WITH COMPOSERS: October 24, at 5 p.m. Free admission subject to availability (also broadcast live via streaming).

    Anna Menichetti (Radio Rai3) and Chiara Dino (Corriere della Sera) meet, for a tea, some famous female composers: Concetta Anastasi, Sonia Bo and Patrizia Montanaro. They will talk about their experience and  about the role women have, today,  in composition and conducting. Francesca Lazzeroni will also discuss about the theme of female entrepreneurship in the artistic-cultural field and about Amat’s projects for women in music.Musical performances by female composers will alternate during the conversation.

    The event is part of the “L’Eredità delle Donne” Festival.

    • FINAL AWARD-GIVING CONCERT: final award ceremony on 27 November at Manifattura Tabacchi, Spazio Festa, in Florence.

    femfestival press review

    • “A tea with composers”, a femfestival event, within the “Florence women’s heritage”. Read the article.
    • Amat and the femfestival narrated by Cristina Giachi, Councillor of the Tuscany Region (RTC), in Rete Toscana Classica. Listen to the podcast
    • Huffington Post talks about the femfestival ‘Valuing women in music’. Read the article
    • The femfestival described by Barbara Rettagliati, in an interview with Radiotelevisione Svizzera (RSI). Listen to the interview (femfestival at minute 14:20).
    • Radio Rai 3, in the program “Qui comincia” presented by Anna Menichetti, has talked about Amat and the femfestival project. Listen to the podcast (femfestival at minute 38). 
    • Il giornale della musica, gdm, dedicated an article to the femfestival, in particular to the  “Women Composers” Competition. Read the article

    "Women Composers" competition Jury

    Kozhevnikova Ekaterina Vadimovna, Jury President



    Concetta Anastasi


    Caterina Calderoni


    Linda Dusman


    Katharina Nohl


    Barbara Rettagliati 
    Adeline Wong


    Why participate in the femfestival?

    • Building a global network 
    • Overcoming the gender gap
    • Visibility through social media
    • Interaction with the audience
    • Multicultural workshops
    • Cultural and artistic growth

    Creativity is feminine.



    The femfestival is a project aimed to overcome the gender gap and to enhance the contribution
    of women
    in the field of music composition by activating a global and multicultural network of female artists.

    It is a musical festival for women composers from all over the world. In the past, little space have women had in composition and conducting, but in recent years this started to change; and it is fundamental that this positive trend continues also in the generations to come.


    The planned activities and workshops are also designed to facilitate collaboration between female composers, encouraging the development of multicultural contributions. This year, a scholarship will be offered to an African artist who will be hosted in Florence and participate in the composition laboratory activities. We believe that today, more than ever, it is essential open up cultural frontiers and have the courage to broaden our artistic horizons.

    Femfestival artistic team

    Francesca Lazzeroni

    mezzo-soprano, choir conductor, choral composer

    Concetta Anastasi

    composer, pianist, orchestra and choir conductor, professor at the L. Cherubini Conservatory in Florence

    Barbara Rettagliati

    composer, pianist, professor at the L. Cherubini Conservatory in Florence 

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