Girls Friendly Society

We are so excited to announce a brand-new partnership with feminist charity Girls Friendly Society.

Girls Friendly Society has spent almost 150 years supporting girls and young women. Primarily working with girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, GFS’ vision is a world where girls and young women are free to be themselves and feel proud of who they are. They create spaces where girls feel safe and valued, to help build strong foundations that will prepare them for life’s challenges.

GFS CEO, Laura Sercombe says, “GFS works with girls who live in some of the most disadvantaged areas of England and Wales where opportunities to try new things, such as attending a festival like this are not a reality. The Magpies are such amazing role models for the girls because they are succeeding in an industry where women are outnumbered by men. This is the perfect partnership for GFS but more importantly a potentially life changing experience for the girls.”

 The young female management team at The Magpies Festival are set on championing gender equality in the music industry, achieving gender parity in both line-up and staff, and are dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable environment for female musicians and festival goers.

Festival Director, Holly Brandon says, “As women in the music industry, we’ve faced obstacles in our careers, due to our gender. Women are under-represented in the industry at large, both as musicians and behind-the-scenes. It’s hugely important to us that girls see themselves represented and can realise the opportunities that are out there for them. We’re so proud to be working alongside a charity that shares our vision to inspire and empower girls to be free to be themselves.”

GFS will attend The Magpies Festival, which will take place at Sutton Park, York on 9th and 10th August 2024. Drop in and see them in the children’s activity area or come along to their workshop in the festival programme.

GFS are also hosting a raffle in the run up to the festival. All funds raised will help provide sessions where girls get to experience new things and develop life skills needed to handle the pressures and challenges that so many girls and women still face. Puchase tickets for just £5.