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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See footage from the cellist’s appearance at Meltdown as she explains her distinctive sound
Luis Vasquez shares a selection of tracks inspired by Meltdown in this Spotify playlist
Discover the books on the shortlist and what drove the judges to select them
Listen to this Spotify playlist put together by founder member John Helps
Discover works from this groundbreaking National Poetry Library exhibition
Enjoy some of the sights, sounds and superlatives from the first few days of the festival.
Hear from YONAKA lead singer Theresa Jarvis in this video recorded at Robert Smith's Meltdown
Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author Margo Jefferson on one of the great and controversial icons of the 20th century
Listen to the first episode of our new podcast series as we look back at past Man Booker Prize winners
Watch Stephanie Rosenthal, exhibition curator, introduce Hayward Gallery’s amazing exhibition of Lee Bul’s work
Three anti-apartheid activists, Chitra Karve, Lela Kogbara and Brian Filling recount the time they met Nelson Mandela
Watch the conductor introduce the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season in this short video.
Discover what some of the artists of Robert Smith’s Meltdown are listening too.
Watch a preview for Scottee’s dance show about flab, double-chins and getting your kit off
Artists from Robert Smith’s Meltdown tell us what they’re looking forward to at the festival.
Find out who the artists of 2018’s Meltdown would put on their festival bill
Enjoy this atmospheric twelve track Spotify playlist from the hypnotic, electronic Italian band
Love, murder and a platoon of ghostly knights – get to know Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder in one minute
Learn about how women are being supported in jazz, classical, DJing and more
Watch Deftones’ Chino Moreno get a first look at Royal Festival Hall

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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