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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Classical musician Eberhard Spree takes us on a short musical tour of the city
Watch the fifth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Take a look at the six books in the running for this year’s prestigious award
Dr. Cliff Lauson introduces Hayward Gallery's remarkable new group exhibition
Listen to the fourth episode of our monthly literary podcast featuring Khaled Hosseini and Nick Makola
The musician/producer has curated a very eclectic Spotify playlist of his current favourites
Whatever your era, see in the new year with us
Discover the writer known as the 'Chinese Tolkein'
Get involved in WOW in Bradford, Cardiff, Exeter and Perth
With so much to choose from, here are a few festival highlights
There is so much more to this Scottish writer than The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Senior Curator, Vincent Honore takes us on a mini tour of the gallery
In the fourth edition of Think Aloud, we join the #AskACuratorDay celebrations
From Sybil to Forrest Gump, take a look back at some of the actress’ most iconic performances
Take a detailed look at this year's shortlist with National Poetry librarian Chris McCabe
Double-bassist Eberhard Spree gives an introduction to Leipzig’s world-famous orchestra
The comedian and playwright tells us why more artists should take risks, in this interview
From André Aciman to Xia Jia; a look at the books our literature team enjoyed this month
Comedian and performer Jess Thom breaks down common misconceptions about what it is to be disabled

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WOW stories

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