Women of the World Festival

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Women of the World Festival
Women Of the World festival logo.png
VenueSouth Bank Centre, London
Founded8 March 2010 (2010-03-08)
FounderJude Kelly
ActivityCelebrates the achievements of women and girls as well as looking at the obstacles they face across the world
Patron(s)Queen Camilla (president)
Websitewww.thewowfoundation.com Edit this at Wikidata

Women of the World Festival (WOW, WOW Festival) is an annual arts and science festival based in London, that celebrates the achievements of women and girls, as well as looking at the obstacles they face across the world. As a global feminist movement, it seeks to inspire new generations of young women and girls.

History[edit]

The festival was founded in 2010 by Jude Kelly, a theatre director who was at that time artistic director of London's Southbank Centre.[1][2]

Jude Kelly speaking at the 2014 festival

Since 2015 Queen Camilla has been WOW's president.[3] In 2015, the BBC streamed much of the London festival's content.[4] By 2018, there were 42 WOW festivals in 23 countries.[5]

The WOW Foundation was incorporated in 2018, with Kelly as its first director.[6] She stepped down from her position at the Southbank Centre in May 2018, in order to concentrate on WOW.[5]

In 2020, the festival's tenth edition featured an address by Camilla (then Duchess of Cornwall).[7] In May of that year, the WOW Foundation ran a two-day online event in partnership with BBC Arts.[8]

In March 2021, as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continued to be felt, the festival moved online.[9]

Description[edit]

The WOW Festival takes place over several days in early March, around International Women's Day. WOW sponsors lectures, debates, performances and mentoring sessions on a range of themes and topics.[citation needed]

Recognition[edit]

The Southbank Centre has been listed in The Times Top 50 employers for women.[10] Its Women of the World festival was nominated for two awards as part of the Business in the Community Workplace Gender Equality Awards 2016.[11]

Venues[edit]

The festival's principal venue is the Southbank Centre in London, where it was founded. There have been and/or still are satellite venues at many other locations, both within the UK and throughout the world. As of 2019 these included Cambridge, England,[12] Liverpool, Cardiff, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Hargeysa (Somaliland), Alexandria, Finland, Beijing, and several locations in Australia.[13]

Australia[edit]

WOW Australia has been based in Brisbane, Queensland, since 2021, as a three-year collaboration between Southbank Centre/WOW Foundation and the non-profit Of One Mind, and supported by the Queensland Government.[14] WOW has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women[15] and is a supporter of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aitkenhead, Decca (26 January 2018). "Southbank director Jude Kelly: 'Saying you're a feminist is not enough'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  2. ^ Brown, Mark (18 January 2018). "Southbank Centre artistic director Jude Kelly to step down". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  3. ^ Jobson, Robert (16 February 2015). "Camilla to be president of Women of the World festival". London Evening Standard. Retrieved March 2015.
  4. ^ WOW - Women of the World Festival, Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4, March 2015.
  5. ^ a b Dex, Robert (18 January 2018). "Jude Kelly quits Southbank Centre after more than a decade". Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "THE WOW FOUNDATION - Officers". Companies House. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Duchess of Cornwall addresses Women of the World Festival". uk.news.yahoo.com. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 23 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "BBC and WOW unite for online Women of the World Festival". Voice Online. 15 May 2020. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  9. ^ Griffiths, Sophie (31 January 2021). "EVENTS: Women Of The World Festival announces major programme for 2021". DIVA. Retrieved 23 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Workplace Gender Equality Awards 2016". Gender. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Awards & recognition". Business in the Community. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  12. ^ Tasker, Dave (23 October 2014). "WOW Cambridge". School of Clinical Medicine. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  13. ^ "WOW - Women of the World: A global movement" (Map). WOW. (2019)
  14. ^ "Home page". WOW Australia. 8 June 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  15. ^ "Wiyi Yani U Thangani - Women's Voices". WOW Australia. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  16. ^ "Uluru Statement from the Heart". WOW Australia. Retrieved 4 August 2022.

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