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WOW – Women of the World

7 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

WOW – Women of the World festival celebrates women and girls, and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.

Around the world, individuals and communities are insisting on the simple proposition that women and girls must have equal rights and asking the question: why is gender equality taking so long?

Southbank Centre's WOW – Women of the World festival is a global network of festivals which provides a platform for celebrating what has been achieved, and exploring all the ways we can change the world for the better.

In the year that marks the 100th anniversary since some women got the vote in the UK, and when #MeToo shook the world, we bring together artists, writers, politicians, comedians, activists and more for the 8th annual WOW London at Southbank Centre.

WOW 2018 would not be possible without its generous sponsors and supporters: Bloomberg, UBS, American International Group Inc (AIG), The Chartered Insurance Institute and RELX group.

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11:30 am
Wed 07 Mar 2018
11:30 am | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Why does gender equality in our sector matter so much and what can we do to level the playing field?
Why does gender equality in our sector matter so much and what can we do to level the playing field?
6:30 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
6:30 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Members are invited to an exclusive update on this year’s WOW festival
Members are invited to an exclusive update on this year’s WOW festival
7:00 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
7:00 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Theatre
Dance & Performance
Get ready for hilariously irreverent and teary recreations of women’s speeches throughout history
Get ready for hilariously irreverent and teary recreations of women’s speeches throughout history
8:00 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
8:00 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Theatre
Dance & Performance
Drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson performs the courageous story of Joan of Arc
Drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson performs the courageous story of Joan of Arc
9:00 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
9:00 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Dance & Performance
Theatre
Hear powerful and humorous secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire
Hear powerful and humorous secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire
9:30 am
Thu 08 Mar 2018
9:30 am | Thu 08 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
An inspirational day for secondary school girls aged 11 - 18
An inspirational day for secondary school girls aged 11 - 18

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Thu 08 Mar 2018
6:30 pm | Thu 08 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Disability & Inclusivity
Join us to hear from inspiring changemakers on the first day of WOW
Join us to hear from inspiring changemakers on the first day of WOW
Various times
8 Mar 2018 - 9 Mar 2018
Various times | 8 Mar 2018 - 9 Mar 2018
Physical Theatre & Mime
Theatre
A heart-wrenching and humorous theatrical piece journeying into the female psyche
A heart-wrenching and humorous theatrical piece journeying into the female psyche
9:30 am
Fri 09 Mar 2018
9:30 am | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Hear keynote speeches from around the world addressing potent topics for women and girls
Hear keynote speeches from around the world addressing potent topics for women and girls

Free

Free

Various times
9 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
Various times | 9 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
This installation tells women’s stories of violence in Rio de Janiero’s largest favela
This installation tells women’s stories of violence in Rio de Janiero’s largest favela

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Southbank Centre Artistic Director Jude Kelly launched WOW – Women of the World in 2010 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.

Bloomberg – the global business, financial information and news leader – is the founding supporter of WOW Women of the World festival. Bloomberg’s sponsorship builds on a long history of collaboration across Southbank Centre that encompasses a wide range of art exhibitions, public commissions and literature programmes.

Bloomberg Philanthropies supports charities and non-profit organisations worldwide, including a number of programmes that seek to address the challenges facing women across the globe, from maternal and reproductive health to women’s economic development.

WOW 2017 would not be possible without its generous sponsors and supporters: Bloomberg, UBS, American International Group Inc (AIG) and The Chartered Insurance Institute.

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Southbank Centre is grateful to its WOW Gamechangers Richard and Rosamund Bernays, Michelle Chuang, Mary Anne Cordeiro, Caroline, Mary and Paul Cronson - the Evelyn Sharp Foundation, Ms Miel de Botton, Katie and Mark Denning, Catherine Petitgas, Lady Jill Shaw Ruddock CBE, Joana and Henrik Schliemann, India and Robert Wardrop and Mercedes Zobel for supporting WOW.

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