Women of the World 2015

1 Mar 2015 - 8 Mar 2015
Talks, performances, discussions and debates made up WOW 2015, with speakers from around to world presenting to a diverse audience of all ages. Speakers included Caitlin Moran, Sandi Toksvig, Hannah Pool and Annie Lenoox, Lauren Laverne, to name just a few. 

The fifth WOW festival aimed to raise and explore all of our concerns about equality for women, whilst also celebrating the huge potential of girls and women to make a difference.

Encouraging fun, activism and openness, WOW 2015 was an opportunity for visitors to add their voice to the wealth of stories and experiences being shared by girls and women from across society.
 

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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
Take a look back and listen to 1998’s Meltdown with this Spotify playlist
Find out about the world's first exhibition of this emerging art form
See what our literary experts have been reading

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WOW 2015 stories

podcast
2014 was an unprecedented year for the rights of women and girls, but did some things go backward?
podcast
Annie Lennox and Jude Kelly discuss humanitarian issues that women face every day

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