WOW UK Festival 2021

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To mark International Women’s Day, join WOW UK this March for a very special digital programme, featuring groundbreaking In Conversations and interactive workshops.

The Festival

Over three weeks we’ll explore everything from mental health to sex in lockdown, radical childcare to #SayHerName, and being everything from a grandmother to an artist in a pandemic (or both!).

With tickets starting from just £1, the programme features Kimberlé Crenshaw, Ruby Wax, Arundhati Roy, Sheila Heti, Avni Doshi, Bryony Kimmings and a whole range of new voices for a programme that will look after you, expand your mind - and maybe even teach you a new skill. Check out the listings tab above to explore the programme and book.

This is a year that’s been so tough on women - in August 2020, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that “Without a concerned response, we risk losing a generation or more of gains towards gender equality”. WOW has responded to this with a programme that is the most global, digital, urgent and optimistic WOW yet. We hope you can join us.

Usually in March, WOW would be bringing you an ‘in person’ festival at our home at Southbank Centre, London. This time, we’re coming to you instead - direct to your home.

WOW UK is just one of many WOW Festivals and events around the world taking place in 2021, including in Australia, New York, Nepal, Pakistan, Turkey and Bangladesh. Events from WOW Rio de Janeiro will be part of WOW Festival UK.

Check out WOW's International Women's Day Map, bringing together events across the UK celebrating women, girls and non-binary people across March.

How to watch

WOW UK Festival 2021 will all be available to online and can be streamed anywhere worldwide.

Visit our Ticketco Festival page to book all events. All In Conversation events will be streamed via TicketCo and you'll have access to watch the event for seven days following the start time. Plus, if you miss an event and want to catch up, you'll be able to buy a ticket to watch anytime throughout March.

WOW Workshops will be held on Zoom. Please book through our booking page and joining instructions will be sent to you beforehand.

If you want to book to watch all the In Conversations, you can book a WOW UK 2021 Festival Talks Pass for just £25 (or £100 if you'd like to support WOW's work year-round). And don't forget, you have seven days to watch all events on demand.

All In Conversations will be BLS Interpreted and captioned. To request BSL or captioning for a workshop, please book your place and email access@thewowfoundation.com to request by 5pm 22 February.

WOW UK Festival Partners

The WOW Foundation is proudly supported by its Global Founding Partner Bloomberg, and Global Partner MasterCard.

WOW UK Festival 2021 is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Supported by the High Commission of Canada in the UK.

WOW Festivals and events are presented by arrangement with Southbank Centre.


Wow is proud to be raising awareness of Samaritans. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in WOW UK Festival and you’d like to talk about it with someone, Samaritans are open day or night, 365. You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at jo@samaritans.org, or visitwww.samaritans.org

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