WOMEN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL: 7th-12th March 2017
The 2017 Women of the World Festival champions gender equality, celebrating the achievements of women and girls worldwide and taking a close look at the obstacles that prevent them fulfilling their potential.
The star-studded programme features sessions from influential speakers, mentoring workshops, and appearances from the best female comedians, musicians and performers worldwide. In 2017, the Southbank Centre celebrates the Nordic nations, so many events at WOW focus on what we can learn from these countries which consistently top the gender equality indices.
A vast schedule of talks will deal with issues ranging from Brexit’s impact on women to the intricacies of the justice system’s approach to rape and sexual assault. Those interested in policy or activism might enjoy hearing from international changemakers, learning from policy makers and influencers, and discovering activism through the ages.
Big-name speakers will also be in conversation: from events with Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie, Angela Davis and journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge to an evening of comedy run by Women’s Equality Party co-founder Sandi Toksvig.
Hands-on workshops will aim to help women develop their practical skills: protect your digital privacy at an all-female Cryptoparty, learn how to get elected in a positive non-partisan advice session, or join experts across fields such as theatre, campaigning, art and journalism for a speed-mentoring session. For the active among you, you can start your weekend with a WOW 5k run or learn some new dance skills at a WOW Social Dance class.
Treat your musical side to a performance of Joni Mitchell’s album Hejira by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra (Wednesday 8th March) or soulful music from Nilüfer Yanya’s new EP Small Crimes (Friday 10th March). Futures Theatre’s performance of Offside uses lyrical dialogue, poetry and “punchy prose” to tell the stories of four different women who live and breathe to play football, while Chella Quint breaks all the taboos in her comedic performance Adventures in Menstruating.
Feminism isn’t just for adults! Get your under-10s learning and developing their views at Feminist Corners for boys and for girls both, and even little ones can get involved at WOW’s Pram Jam or wandering the WOW market stalls.
All these and many more events can be found on WOW’s website here, as well as information on tickets. 3-day and 5-day passes are available, as well as individual Saturday and Sunday passes – tickets may also include several free events including mentoring and the WOW market. Tickets go on sale to the general public from 10am Thursday 16th February.
This festival, launched in 2011 by Southbank Centre Artistic Director Jude Kelly, is a brilliant collaboration of people from all corners of the globe to present a shining example of what women are truly capable of and the brilliance we can bring to the world.