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WOW – Women of the World

7 Mar - 12 Mar
WOW – Women of the World festival at Southbank Centre champions gender equality, celebrating the achievements of women and girls everywhere and examining the obstacles that keep them from fulfilling their potential.

Hear influential and challenging speakers, take part in mentoring sessions and workshops, and see some of the best female comedians, musicians, performers and writers around.

Past speakers have included Malala Yousafzai, Julie Walters, Shami Chakrabarti, Gordon Brown MP, Salma Hayek, Annie Lennox, Caitlin Moran, Vivienne Westwood, Grayson Perry, Sandi Toksvig, Leymah Gbowee, Patrick Stewart and Christine Lagarde.

Details of our 2017 programme will published on Wednesday 14 Dec including information on Day and Weekend Passes as well as one–off events with Sandi Toksvig and Gillian Anderson. 

Tickets go on sale to Members from 10am, Thu 15 Dec and on general sale from 10am, Fri 16 Dec

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Two Young Women as Wowsers

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17 Jan - 24 Jan
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Two Young Women as Wowsers

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17 Jan - 24 Jan
Become one of our young ambassadors for WOW festival
Female Audience Laughing at  Women of the World festival Think-In

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Talks & Topics
23 Jan
Preview this year’s WOW with Southbank Centre's Artistic Director, Jude Kelly CBE

24 Jan

Two Young Women as Wowsers

Free

17 Jan - 24 Jan
Become one of our young ambassadors for WOW festival

17 Feb

Choral
17 Feb
If you’re a woman aged 60 and over, come and sing with us

2 Mar

Children & Young people
2 Mar
Explore how the arts can be used to challenge students’ perceptions of gender identity and equality

7 Mar

Literature
Talks & Topics
7 Mar
Will we ever live in a gender equal world? With no single country or culture having achieved parity yet, Sandi Toksvig quizzes author Catherine Mayer on this and her latest book.

8 Mar

8 Mar
A day to explore equality and celebrate heroines for secondary school students
Literature
Talks & Topics
8 Mar
Celebrate writing by LGBT women in this collaborative event between Polari and WOW
Gigs
Folk & World
8 Mar
Led by Peter Edwards, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra presents Joni Mitchell’s album Hejira

Southban Centre Artistic Director Jude Kelly launched WOW – Women of the World 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 ethos of WOW is to create a festival 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.

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WOW stories

podcast
2014 was an unprecedented year for the rights of women and girls, but did some things go backward?
video
Malala Yousafza talks about the systemic nature of gender inequality

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