WOW Girls Festival

Are you passionate about gender equity? Are you creative? Are there changes you’d like to see to make your community a better place?

Then hop on board The WOW Bus and tell us what matters to you!

The WOW Bus will take WOW workshops and activities to all corners of the UK, reaching young people from all backgrounds in the heart of their own communities. With a focus on girls, but including all young people, activities from the Bus are designed to build resilience, wellbeing and good mental health.

Funded through a partnership with BBC Children in Need, the WOW Bus is an interactive space created with and for young people, working with Getaway Girls in Leeds and artist/designer Emma Hardaker. Throughout the WOW Bus, you can take part in a creative exploration of gender equality, through play, reading, digital experiences and a recording studio. Alongside this, the WOW Bus will also host facilitator sessions, WOW Think Ins, WOW Speed Mentoring and panel talks and discussions in locations around the UK.

The 2023-24 WOW Girls Festival Tour is being shaped alongside partner organisations. Current planned stops are:

  • 11 October - London Eye
  • 12 October - Gravesend, Kent
  • 13 October - Brixton, London
  • 17 November - Mold, Flintshire
  • 18 November - Anfield, Liverpool
  • 19 November - Pier Head, Liverpool
  • 20 November - Speke, Liverpool
  • 23 November - Stormont, Belfast
  • 24 November - Newcastle, County Down
  • 25 November - Ulster University, Belfast
  • 7 February - The Workshop in King's Lynn, Norfolk
  • 8 February - The Garage in Norwich, Norfolk
  • 9 February - The Lighthouse in Attleborough, Norfolk
  • 12 February - Platform Arts Centre in Easterhouse, Glasgow
  • 13 & 14 Feburary - Perth, Scotland - find out more here
  • 29 February - Levenshulme, Manchester
  • 1 March - Aviva Studios, Manchester
  • 2 March - Impressions Gallery, Bradford - find out more here
  • 3 March - Keighley, West Yorkshire - find out more here
  • 4 March - Shipley, West Yorkshire
  • 5 March - Little Horton, Bradford
  • 6 March - Bradford College and Bradford University - find out more here
  • 8 March - Newham & General Gordon Square, Woolwich, London - find out more here
  • 9 March - Neasden Temple, London
  • 11 March, Bloomberg, London
  • 12 March- Buckingham Palace, London

If you'd like to find out more about any of these trips and ways your group or school might be able to get involved, please email us on hello@thewowfoundation.com or schools@thewowfoundation.com.

The WOW Girls Festival is supported by BBC Children In Need and in partnership with WOW UK Girls Champion Barbie who are extending the tour to reach primary aged children, and WOW Global Girls Champion Standard Chartered Bank who are supporting the Girls Festival’s international reach.

The WOW Girls Festival Bus is funded through a partnership between The WOW Foundation and BBC Children in Need and the tour is supported by Arts Council England.