About the festival

WOW Scotland was launched in 2023 on Sunday 5th March by Raw Material with fantastic afternoon of performance, conversation and activism with Elaine C Smith, WOW founder Jude Kelly CBE and a sparkling line up of guests and performers, including Nicola Benedetti, Karine Polwart, Blythe Duff, Gemma Cairney, Jo Clifford, Roza Salih, Danielle Jam and Annie Grace.

Four community WOW Think Ins took place in the build up to the launch, two online and two in person. Each WOW Think In was presented in partnership with organisations including Engender and Girl Guiding Scotland.

The WOW Scotland Team said: “We are thrilled to embark on this journey of discovery and community and bring WOW to Scotland. There is so much we all have to share, listen to and learn from living in Scotland today. Gender equality is an issue which affects so many aspects of our lives. We are inclusive, we want to hear from women, girls and non-binary people. We want to hear from anyone who considers themselves affected by these issues. We are inspired by The WOW Foundation which has built up so much momentum and support around the world. We are looking for Scottish partners who feel passionate about gender equality and the strive to make a difference to our small corner of the world. Please join us in any way you can.”

About the organisers

Raw Material is an award-winning, independent, producing company based in Glasgow, Scotland, founded by Margaret-Anne O’Donnell and Gillian Garrity.

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