About the festival

WOW Cambridge was presented first by Cambridge Festival of Ideas (2014) then Cambridge University (2015 and 2016).

The first WOW Cambridge took place as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2014 at Cambridge Junction for a one day festival of events on gender equality, including a panel discussion on cyberbullying with feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez and one on the “pinkification” of girls’ lives. Issues such as women’s wellbeing in the workplace, the gendered marketing of toys, and the presentation of women in the media were investigated through a series of debates, workshops, talks, and other events.

In 2015 the festival took place on 8th March at Cambridge Junction, with additional fringe events running from 3rd-13th March in venues across the city. The festival featured a panel discussion on Making Waves with Natasha Walker, a Drag King Workshop and poetry by Hollie McNish.

The festival in 2016 took place 1-4 March all over the city with a dedicated day of events at Cambridge Junction on 5 March. The programme included a variety of talks such as Make Way! Women in Politics, Mighty Women, Let Girls Learn and Break Free: Women in Criminality.

WOW Cambridge took place on 26 October 2014, 8 - 13 March 2015 and 1 - 4 March 2016

About the organisers

WOW Cambridge 2014 was presented by The Festival of Ideas. The Festival of Ideas is a University of Cambridge public engagement initiative that celebrates the arts, humanities and social sciences by showcasing a diverse mix of inspirational talks, performances, films, exhibitions and other creative displays.

WOW Cambridge 2015 and 2016 was presented by The University of Cambridge

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