About the Festival
V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls founded by playwright/performer/activist Eve Ensler, brings together artists, community groups and city leaders for UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC. Taking place June 12 - 27, UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC is a festival of theater, spoken word, performance and community events created to bring the issue of violence against women and girls front and center in the culture and the community.
With four marquee events with performances by celebrated actors, original works by noted authors, community events throughout the five boroughs, a citywide messaging campaign, and a run through Prospect Park, UNTIL THE VIOLENCES STOPS: NYC will take over New York City, putting women, their empowerment and safety directly on center stage. UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC will issue a call to action to all New Yorkers, and to the world: Demand an end to violence against women and girls and become an active participant in ending it.
“Through V-Day, we have witnessed the power of art to transform and galvanize change. It’s time to be bold, to amplify our efforts and to take our movement to end violence against women to the next level.
V-Day was born in New York City and UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC takes our message directly to the people of New York. Together, we will make New York City the first safe place for women and girls,” stated Playwright/V-Day Founder and Artistic Director Eve Ensler.
Founded in 1998 on the principle that art inspires activism, V-Day benefit performances of Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues are now performed annually worldwide February - March, in thousands of colleges and communities, raising funds for local groups working to end violence against women and girls. V-Day events have taken place in all fifty United States and in over 81 countries from Egypt to Australia to Kenya to the Philippines, raising over $35 million to date.
Today, V-Day is a model of empowerment philanthropy and public awareness, inviting women and men to use art and performance to raise funds and awareness in their own communities. This New York City-focused campaign will utilize the key elements of performance and theater to raise consciousness and funds and increase the dialogue about violence against women locally, nationally and globally.
Joined by artists and community organizations, V-Day will work to raise the awareness level in New York City concerning the issue of violence against women and girls, educate people about the issue, and encourage citizens to take action to end it. We are poised at a historic moment for women and girls around the world, and the festival is an unprecedented opportunity to create change around the issue of violence against women and girls.