WOW - Women of the World

Jude Kelly launched WOW London in 2011 to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day, as a major global festival that celebrates women and girls and looks at the obstacles they face, where hundreds of women’s stories could be shared, feelings vented, fun had, minds influenced and hearts expanded. In response to an overwhelming demand Southbank Centre have been fostering a growing global network of festivals. Already in four other countries WOW is scheduled to spread to four more next year, and throughout the same across the UK.

The festival is made up of talks, debates, performances, gigs, free music, a marketplace, speed-mentoring, a crèche, exhibitions, workshops, networking opportunities and happenings throughout, presenting world class and emerging talent. WOW is for everyone, it is bold and broad-based in its approach, both lively and serious, and feeds the demand to discuss anything and everything. It brings people together from all corners of society - both speakers and audience members - energising and providing the inspiration and tools to make change.

“As Artistic Director of Southbank Centre and a female leader, WOW directly expresses many of the aspirations, dilemmas and dramatic challenges that I’ve witnessed throughout my life and still see mirrored in the female population across the world”

Jude Kelly OBE

To find out more about the 'WOW - Women of the World' project please contact touring@southbankcentre.co.uk.

The following festivals are all part of the WOW family; 

Date

Festival

Host

Venue

TBA

WOW Baltimore

Notre Dame Maryland University

Meyerhoff & Strathmore, Baltimore

TBA

WOW Finland

Tampere Talo

Tampere Hall

TBA 

WOW Chester

Chester Performs 

Chester Performs

8th- 12th March 2016

WOW Folkestone

Quaterhouse, Folkestone

Quarterhouse, Folkestone

4th- 6th March 2016

WOW Cambridge

University of Cambridge

 The Junction, Cambridge

12th January 2016

WOW Karachi

British Council

Avari Towers’ Khorsheed Mahal hall

19th - 21st November 2015

Dhaka

 

 

13th - 15th November 2015

WOW Derry-Londonderry

North West Women's Collective

Derry Playhouse

1st - 6th August 2015

WOW Hargeysa

Redsea Cultural Foundation

Redsea Cultural Foundation

19th - 21st June 2015

WOW Brisbane  Of One Mind Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

11th - 14th June 2015 

WOW Harlem

Apollo Theater, New York

Apollo Theater, New York

20th - 22nd March 2015 

WOW Cardiff

Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff

Millenium Centre, Cardiff

6th - 8th March 2015 

WOW Cambridge

University of Cambridge

The Junction, Cambridge

3rd - 7th March 2015 

WOW Folkestone

The Quarterhouse, Folkestone

The Quarterhouse, Folkestone

7th - 9th November 2014

WOW Derry

North West Women's Collective

The Playhouse Theater, Derry

26th October 2014

WOW Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Cambridge Junction, Cambridge

24th September 2014

WOW Egypt

Agora Arts and Culture Centre, Alexandria

Agora Arts and Culture Centre, Alexandria

12th – 14th September 2014

WOW Katherine

GYRACC

Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre

7th - 8th March 2014 

WOW Cardiff

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

8th - 10th November 2013

WOW Derry - Londonderry

Culture Company 2013 Ltd

The Playhouse Theater, Derry

21st & 22nd September 2013

WOW Katherine

GYRACC

Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre

22nd & 25th May 2013

WOW Sydney

Sydney Writers Festival

Various around Sydney 

2nd - 4th March 2012

WOW Baltimore

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall