The WoW Festival is a cross-continent event launched by Jude Kelly, artistic director at Southbank, to champion gender equality, celebrate the achievements of women and girls everywhere and examine obstacles that keep us from fulfilling our potential.
That’s the question that’s on everyone’s lips at WoW and it’s a question that will be put out to all 15 WoW festivals around the world: Sydney, Cardiff, Alexandria, Hargeisa, New York, Karachi and Dhaka.
At every WoW festival you can expect talks, debates, performances and workshops – it’s an opportunity to think, talk and exchange ideas, experiences and actions.
Jude Kelly, at the helm of the festival, was recognised as one of the Top 100 most powerful women in the UK by Woman’s Hour a few years ago.
As an award-winning director and someone who’s talked about her experience with sexism in her younger years, her commitment to women’s involvement in arts and culture is crucial and inspiring.
Excitingly, Eve Ensler, of One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women and girls (The Vagina Monologues) has produced The Fruit Trilogy, a new set of short plays exploring the lives of four women. The premiere was shown at WoW festival last week and you can catch the performance at West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Kay and I joined Gemma on a panel for Selfridges’ Beauty Project ‘Pretty White Female’ back in 2014. We were joined by beauty journalist Anita Bhagwandas and the event was chaired by Sali Hughes. My comments sparked debate which inspired my Post ‘Boots – A Love Story’.
Check out this panel chat from a few years ago at WOW, about the politics of afro hair and whether to weave or go natural. Just an example of the kind of thoughtful discussion that goes on at WoW.
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