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The Dinah returns for its 31st year to bring together a safe community

The Dinah officially kicked off its five-day music extravaganza event on Wednesday.

This is the 31st year the event is being held. It is at the Margaritaville Hotel in Palm Springs.

Mariah Hanson who is the founder of the event said that every year the event helps create a lot of buzz for emerging artists and helps launch careers.

Most importantly it serves a bigger purpose for attendees.

“We create a safe space for women all over the globe to come together and celebrate and feel empowered and living out loud and emboldened to be exactly who we are authentically and with each other," she explained.

"There aren't as many safe spaces for us as you would think in 2020 times will change but it's still very challenging for us," says Dr. Shawnrell Blackwell, an attendee.

Mariah Hanson, the founder of the Dinah grew up with an activist mom, Hanson quickly saw how an event with a message could empower women in the LGBTQIA Plus community. 

"In my own way, I could create a difference in the world by not only bringing people together for a party but bringing people together, to be together to connect to experience different stories, to share who we are with each other," says Hanson.

Some attendees say safe spaces like the Dinah are where they became comfortable with who they are.

"Even in 2022, we can see that women are still not really as equal to men as they are," says Ashley Young, a vendor of the event. "And so having a place that not only has women but women in the LGBTQ community is also very important today".

"We have that grief deep inside and we have that joy deep inside and you need them both to change the world. You need to know the pain and you need to come through pain and be loving, says Hanson. "That is our message". 

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This year there are no COVID-19 restrictions in place. Hanson hopes attendees are responsible and test themselves at home prior.

Tickets are still on sale for the festival.

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