Women of the World 2016

8 Mar 2016 - 13 Mar 2016
WOW – Women of the World festival celebrates women and girls, and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.  

Around the world, individuals and communities are insisting on the simple proposition that women must have equal rights and asking the question: 'why is gender equality taking so long to achieve?' Southbank Centre's WOW - Women of the World festival is a global network of festivals which provides a platform for interrogating this question.

WOW 2016 speakers included Caitlin Moran, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Anita Anand, Gemma Cairney, Shami Chakrabarti, Kathy Lette, Sandie Okoro and Sandi Toksvig.
 

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The Director of Hayward Gallery, Ralph Rugoff, offers an Insight into the great German photographer and his work
Ahead of the 2018 Brit Awards we take a look at some of the past winners who have also graced our iconic venues
See the greatest actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood in a screening accompanied by live orchestra.
Discover great characters from children's books who don’t conform to the norm
Our Chief Executive selects the tracks she's listening to right now for our new Spotify playlist
Watch Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, introduce the gallery’s incredible Gursky retrospective
Discover the performances that will get you giggling at our brilliant children's festival
Children's television presenter Lauren Layfield on what you ought to know about being a girl today
The Cure’s Robert Smith is named as the curator for 2018’s Meltdown in its silver jubilee year
Find out about this great of the 20th century
Your weekly hit of fresh music from across the contemporary landscape.
Visual artist Sam Winston questions how we see darkness in this video about his installation
The National Poetry Library is asking poets and instagrammers alike to share their poetry.
Our Director of Music offers a personal guide to our 2018/19 Classical Season
See how the return of Hayward Gallery, and its opening Gursky exhibition, went down with art lovers, instagrammers, critics and press.
A big year of live music begins with performances from Joan As Policewoman, Yo La Tengo, Hannah Peel, David Rodigan and more
The celebrated pianist discusses his performance of the notably challenging works
Find out more about May Day IV (2000, remastered 2014), one of Gursky’s monumental crowd scenes
Find out more about Salerno I (1990) – a pivotal image for the artist
Find out more about one of Andreas Gursky’s early photographs

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WOW 2016 stories

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Caitlin Moran talks about new book, Moranifesto
podcast
Author Laura Bates and an expert team take on some of the stereotypes, double standards and downright stupidity facing young women today