6 – 8 MAR 2020

In 2020 we mark the tenth anniversary of WOW – Women of the World festival, and to celebrate the WOW Foundation presents the biggest and bravest festival yet.

 Over three days, WOW’s line-up of world-class speakers, activists and performers are joined by thousands to explore the state of gender equality across the globe and tackle the subjects that matter most to women and girls across the world today.

This year’s festival features Naomi Wolf, Deborah Frances-White (The Guilty Feminist), Scarlett Curtis, Sandi Toksvig, Emma Dabiri and Shazia Mirza.

We also welcome the return of WOW Speed Mentoring, WOW Bites and the WOW Market

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Speakers including MPs Jo Swinson, Anna Soubry, Sophie Walker and Tulip Siddiq share their experiences
Caroline Criado Perez
7:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
See what is often unseen as the campaigner and writer discusses her groundbreaking book
See what is often unseen as the campaigner and writer discusses her groundbreaking book
Scarlett Curtis, author
9:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
9:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
In an afternoon of fun, frank and honest conversation, our panel discusses what feminism means to them
In an afternoon of fun, frank and honest conversation, our panel discusses what feminism means to...
Refusing to Be Silenced, Women at Awards Ceremony
12:00 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Come and hear from women of courage who stand for human rights and justice in war around the world
Come and hear from women of courage who stand for human rights and justice in war around the world
Activists at a climate change protest
9:00 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
9:00 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Why should we be looking to feminist solutions to climate change?
Why should we be looking to feminist solutions to climate change?
Naomi Wolf, author
7:30 pm
Sun 08 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 08 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Author, journalist and feminist activist Naomi Wolf revisits her legendary international bestseller
Author, journalist and feminist activist Naomi Wolf revisits her legendary international bestseller

Day passes are available for Friday and Saturday. Each day features a different line-up, so you can buy passes for both or attend just one.

Early bird tickets have now sold out. Standard tickets are available to purchase.

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WOW festivals began in the UK in 2010, launched by Kelly at Southbank Centre London, where she was Artistic Director, to celebrate women and girls, taking a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential, raising awareness globally of the issues they face and discussing solutions together.

To date, WOW has reached over two million people in 17 countries on five continents across over 65 festivals – and growing – including in Australia, Brazil, China, Finland, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Somaliland, the UK and the USA. In 2018 WOW took place in Rio, Karachi, Beijing, Cardiff and Bradford, as well as London, New York, Dhaka, Pakistan Atlanta, Istanbul and China in 2019 and 2020.

Over the last nine years the Festivals have developed a reputation as a space for world renowned artists, activists, thinkers and performers including Angela Davies, Malala Yousafzai, Annie Lennox, Patrick Stewart, Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Salma Hayek, to come and participate, alongside thousands of women and girls who don’t have public profiles but are doing amazing things. WOW provides platforms for people of all kinds, changes attitudes, brings communities together and provides a unique space for people to work together towards gender equality in their own communities. One example of the impact the festival came in 2015, with the founding of the Women’s Equality Party by Sandi Toksvig and Catherine Mayer.

In 2018 Kelly left Southbank Centre to run the WOW Foundation full-time as an independent charitable entity working to build, convene and sustain a global movement that believes a gender equal world is possible and desirable through festivals and empowering women and girls. The unique festival model creates numerous pathways for participants to take part in WOW projects, amplify their own causes, or start new initiatives which have wide impact on communities. It is the biggest, most comprehensive and most significant festival dedicated to presenting work by women and promoting equality for women and girls.

As the WOW Foundation establishes itself as an independent charity with national and global reach, it will prepare and present WOW – Women of the World festivals around the world ensuring that the 10th anniversary of this important and highly respected festival is celebrated in 2020 with major events and activities.

WOW festivals are presented by arrangement with Southbank Centre.

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Up next

WOW London, 8 – 9 March 2019
WOW New York, 12 – 17 March 2019, Apollo Theater Harlem
WOW Dhaka, Bangladesh, 6 April 2019
WOW Karachi, Pakistan, 13 – 14 April 2019
WOW Atlanta, September 2019, Woodruff Centre

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