Women of the World 2011

11 Mar 2011 - 13 Mar 2011
2011 saw the launch of the groundbreaking new Women of the World festival. WOW 2011 was a joyous celebration of the formidable strength and inventiveness of women.

The first ever WOW festival aimed to present, recognise and celebrate women and act as a conversation space for issues of all kinds. 

Contributors included Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Shami Chakrabarti, Imogen Heap, Bianca Jagger, Annie Lennox, Dr Precious Lunga, Sandi Toksvig and Sue Perkins. 

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All you need to know about the pianist ahead of his solo recital in the International Piano Series
Take a look through 250 years of circus history with our interactive timeline
From David Sylvian to Peter Eötvös, discover the music that inspires this composer
Enjoy some great nights out at Southbank Centre in the run up to Christmas
The OAE’s Chief Executive, Crispin Woodhead, tells us everything we need to know about chamber music
The performer talks to us about the family show, and relishing his own role in it
What music does the Slovenian composer love? We reveal all
The letter from Strauss that gave the Philharmonia Orchestra a notable world premiere
Senior Curator Cliff Lauson discusses the Hayward Gallery exhibition Space Shifters
George from Forced Entertainment tells us about appearing in That Night Follows Day
Hear from the director, designer, composer and principal actor of this very special family show
Listen to Sue Perkins discuss her book East of Croydon
Tuesday 27 November is #GivingTuesday - a global day for giving and celebrating the extraordinary impact that people like you can make to causes that you care about.
The OAE’s Simone Jandl compare the instrument to its modern counterpart
The writer and director explains the concept behind the performance
Great gifts including fashion, jewellery, books, games and much, much more
Answer a few questions and we’ll point you in the right direction
The violinist talks composers and coping with touring in this interview
Listen to the sixth episode of our podcast series as we take a comedic turn

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How a ground-breaking gig saw Pink Floyd banned from the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall

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podcast
Author Laura Bates and an expert team take on some of the stereotypes, double standards and downright stupidity facing young women today
video
Watch actress and filmmaker Salma Hayek Pinault present a keynote speech at WOW festival