What happens when you raise a barn, then fill it to the rafters with hopes for the future? Come on in and find out...
Over a spectacular 24 hours, 300 women, girls and non-binary people from across West Yorkshire will raise The WOW Barn – a temporary pop up space on on Cinder Moor in Leeds that will host empowering, activities, gatherings and The WOW Barn Festival over three weeks. Everyone is welcome.
The WOW Barn is created with LEEDS 2023 and WOW - Women of the World as part of Leeds' year of culture. It’s a symbol of hope for the future. The dream of an equitable world, brought to life.
Drop by and cheer on the builders as they take on this incredible, uplifting challenge, right here in the city of Leeds. Find out more at leeds2023.co.uk
Find out more about the Barn Raisers here.
The WOW Barn is supported by West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Council and delivered in partnership with Civic Engineers and Leeds College of Building. Original concept commissioned by UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK with funding from the UK Government.
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; from the WOW Marketplace to Under 10's Feminist Corners.
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 more than 100 festivals and events across six continents, reaching more than five million people from thousands of women in favelas at WOW Rio to Territory women at WOW Katherine.