Access at WOW London

WOW - Women of the World Festival is back from 10-12 March 2023 for its 13th edition! It’s the biggest, most comprehensive festival celebrating women, girls and non-binary people and everyone is welcome.

WOW Festivals have taken place in more than 30 locations across the globe and the WOW London festival is your chance to be part of the global movement and see world-class speakers, activists, musicians and comedians all in one place. Many of the events are BSL Interpreted by Performance Interpreting and Captioned by My Clear Text.

The Day Pass events take place in different rooms within the Royal Festival Hall - you can view the full programme here and you’ll be given a programme and map on the day to help you navigate the accessible building.

All of the Day Pass events that take place in the main Royal Festival Hall auditorium will be BSL Interpreted and Captioned. If you want to go to events in the smaller spaces, WOW offers a roaming BSL service available based on a first come first served basis. This allows you to request BSL Interpreters to attend a specific workshop or event in the Day Pass line-up. There will be a BSL Access Desk by the Welcome Desk where Deaf and Hearing staff will assist you with any queries, and help you book an interpreter for a session.

On Saturday and Sunday, all events in the Clore Ballroom (apart from the Lips Choir session on Sunday at 15:30) will be live captioned by My Clear Text.

There are also three ticketed evening events in the Royal Festival Hall that will be BSL Interpreted and Captioned: Off Air with Jane and Fi at WOW; The Big O with Oloni at WOW; and Roxane Gay Live at WOW. Tickets start at £10 and all events start at 7.30pm.

To book, make sure to sign up to Southbank Centre’s free Access Scheme that you can join by visiting them in person or emailing accesslist@southbankcentre.co.uk. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone or in person. You can also use Type Talk to book tickets. For more information on accessibility at Southbank Centre, please visit southbankcentre.co.uk/access. Enjoy the festival!