Women of the World 2012

7 Mar 2012 - 11 Mar 2012
WOW 2012 asked, what obstacles exist that prevent women from realising their potential and what can we do to change these? The festival was made up of talks, debates, music, film, comedy an conversations that celebrated the talents of women, young and old, from all walks of life and all parts of the world.

We heard fascinating stories from women breaking the mould in science, enterprise, law, the arts, health, activism, education, politics, sport, fashion, finance and family life.

There were speed mentoring sessions, free music, a crèche, great food, a market place and much more to be discovered and experienced.

Contributors included, Ruby Wax, June Sarpong, Annie Lennox, Emeli Sandé, Katy B, Shami Chakrabarti, Hannah Pool and Dawn Porter amongst many others.

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All you never knew about one of Germany’s oldest orchestras
Hear how The Cure’s legendary frontman put together his festival this exclusive video interview
From the Be Good Tanyas to 2017’s Wildflower Blues, hear some of their great songs
A specially commissioned poem in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Try your hand(s) at the LPO’s Rite of Spring clap-along game
Dom Thomas explains how Whyte Horses are quite literally a dream realised, in this video
Knocks, socks and schnapps; find out what goes on in the wings
Cap off a marvellous summer with our weekend of varied fun
Read a short-story, written in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Listen to specially curated Spotify playlists from Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas
Watch the fourth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Get inspiration for your next novel or poetry collection from our literary experts
A discussion on approaches to drag, from Hayward Gallery Senior Curator Vincent Honoré
Listen to the second episode of our monthly podcast, as we discuss writing and the novel.
A specially commissioned poem in response to our exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Watch the third in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Discover the roots of this inspirational young orchestra

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WOW stories

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One journey can change a life. One life can change the world! Dr Kiran Bedi is interviewed at WOW 2012
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Kicking off the second WOW Festival's speed mentoring programme with a speech from Cherie Blaire
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For the first time in history, all five UK and NI poet laureates are women