Our flagship festival is held at Southbank Centre, London in March to coincide with International Women’s Day. Over three days, thousands of people take part in a three day festival with events, talks debates, workshops, mentoring and performances. WOW presents the greatest thinkers, artists and activists of our time – past speakers have included Angela Davies, Malala Yousafzai, Annie Lennox, Patrick Stewart, Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Selma Hayek, to come and participate, alongside thousands of women and girls who don’t have public profiles but are doing amazing things.
WOW provides platforms for people of all kinds, changes attitudes, brings communities together and provides a unique space for people to work together towards gender equality in their own communities. One example of the impact the festival has came in 2015, with the founding of the Women’s Equality Party Sandi Toksvig and Catherine Mayer.
Around the world
The WOW Foundation works in partnership with amazing women and organisations to create WOW festivals across the world. The WOW organisers in each location ensure the content is created by the local community for the local community. While each festival is different in its own wonderful, unique way, there are elements that stay consistent at every WOW Festival wherever you are in the world. There’s always a WOW Marketplace, an Under 10s Feminist Corner, WOW Speed Mentoring, performance, talks and debates, and WOW Bites.
In the past decade, the WOW movement has grown from its London beginnings to find homes everywhere from Beijing and Kathmandu to Baltimore and Brisbane.
To date, there have been over 80 festivals and events across six continents, reaching more than two million people from thousands of women in favelas at WOW Rio to Territory women at WOW Katherine.
In May 2020, WOW’s first online festival took place with the BBC as part of its Culture in Quarantine season. Find out more and watch the events here.
WOW – Day of the Girl
WOW London and WOW Australia celebrate International Day of the Girl with a mass speed mentoring session for schoolgirls on the London Eye and in Brisbane, Australia.
We deliver an eight-week long in-school programme of engagement and participation activities with girls and boys throughout the year to address gender topics.