ListenUp! festival supports survivors of interpersonal violence


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Listen Up! is a new festival to support survivors of interpersonal violence (including dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking). It will take place Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at several venues along Main Street in downtown Lexington.

“From Black Lives Matter to the Women’s March to #MeToo, public space has been created for conversations regarding community responsibility for personal safety, and we don’t intend to let that slip away,” said Stephanie Theakston, Program Coordinator for the Domestic Violence Prevention Board.  “To maintain this momentum and to create real social change, we have to continue to be visible and continue to let survivors know – We see you, we believe you, and we’re here to support you.”

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Activities include speak outs, a poetry slam, panel discussions, a film screening, games, art activities, dance performances, a market and more.

Anyone interested in performing, hosting a workshop or volunteering should visit to sign up. Please keep in mind that all activities should amplify survivors’ voices, highlight the diversity of survivors and their experiences, provide an interactive opportunity for allies to support survivors, and/or focus on empowering all genders.

The event is made possible through partnerships with the City of Lexington, Lexington Public Library – Central Branch, Transylvania University, the University of Kentucky, GreenHouse 17 and the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center.

Media Release from Domestic Violence Prevention Board