The Dinah 2017: Building Community And Breaking Barriers

The Dinah

Celebrating women who have shattered the glass ceiling.

Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend aka The Dinah continues to make its presence felt across the country and around the world by raising the visibility of women in all facets of life, from artists to comics to filmmakers to athletes and beyond.

For over a quarter century, founder and producer Mariah Hanson, has not only been delivering epic times to lesbians, but has continuously been moving the needle with her ongoing commitment to amplifying, championing and celebrating women’s voices and talent via The Dinah.

A worldwide cultural phenomenon, the growth and longevity of The Dinah, is all the more astonishing and remarkable at a time when lesbian bars, spaces, festivals and publications are rampantly vanishing all across the country.

Now more than ever events like The Dinah are necessary to reconnect the community. The Dinah is entirely produced by women, for women, and that is a powerful statement in today’s climate.

Kicking off at the close of Women’s History month on March 29th and ending on Sunday April 2, the Dinah 2017 will celebrate and honor the trailblazing women in the Arts, Sports and Entertainment industry who have achieved historical firsts.

Hanson says, “Now more than ever, it is enormously important to celebrate and raise the visibility of women breaking glass ceilings especially within our own community because we need to be reminded that we are strong, capable, united and powerful in a time when our voices, especially spoken in unity, are needed more than ever before.”

The 27th installment is already expected to be one of the major highlights of the 2017 Palm Springs festival season with a powerful all-female line-up covering the entire spectrum  of the entertainment industry including sports, music, fashion, comedy, film and TV.

The incredibly inspiring women slated to perform at The Dinah in 2017 include world surf champion now turned cutting edge DJ Keala Kennelly who made history for female surfing winning the first women’s big wave contest at the Nelscott Big Wave Classic in 2010; Butterscotch  the first female beat box world champion and a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent; singer, songwriter and rapper Tysh Hyman who penned songs for top notch artists, and rising pop star and Latin hip hop artist Lady Cultura.

Championing and perpetuating the rise of women DJs behind the decks, The Dinah will also put the spotlight on some of the top female DJ tastemakers including DJ Kittens and the dynamic duo known as Stevie Trickz.

On the comedy front, the always politically incorrect stand-up comedian Julie Goldman will up the volume on your laughter. She’ll be joined by British comic Gina Yashere, who broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearance on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and the wildly hilarious Erin Foley who has been taking the comedy scene by storm across the nation.

Collectively, these women have considerably changed the game for women achieving power through their remarkable ability to build community around the personal brands they’ve created and the causes they champion.

“The Dinah has always stood for living out loud in celebration of our unique and incredible lives. This year we are bringing that message up a few notches,” says Hanson.

These are women who have taken a chance, shaken off stereotypes, fought adversity, and broken the glass ceiling in their respective professional fields paving their own ways.