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2021 WOW Festivals launch across the world

1 Mar 2021

Blog Post

To mark a year like no other, WOW across the world is making International Women's Day last all month with WOW Festivals, events and Think Ins taking place throughout March.

Launching today (1 March) is WOW Nepal's WOW Week(1-8 March), a series of live and pre-recorded events to explore the power of arts and culture in supporting the fight for gender equality. Presented by British Council Nepal in partnership with The WOW Foundation, WOW Week will feature important conversations, stimulating performances, engaging stories and create meaningful connections. Check out the programme here.

Also launching today is WOW UK Festival 2021, a three week online festival exploring everything from mental health to sex in lockdown, radical childcare to #SayHerName. The line-up includes Kimberlé Crenshaw, Ruby Wax, Arundhati Roy, Sheila Heti, Avni Doshi, Bryony Kimmings, Edward Enninful OBE, Christy Turlington and loads more. You can choose between In Conversations (tickets start from £1 or you can buy a pass for £25 to watch them all on demand) or interactive workshops.

WOW Australia and WOW Rio are both part of the UK festival. There are two workshops from WOW Australia: How to be an Active Bystander and Decolonising Songwriting, and WOW Rio is presenting Afrofunk Rio. View the full list of events here. WOW Rio is led by Redes da Maré, and WOW Australia by Of One Mind.

From 5-7 March marks the first ever WOW Istanbul. Presented by British Council Turkey, and the Sabancı Foundation in partnership with The WOW Foundation, the online festival will focus on Seeing the City through Women’s Gaze, and will share women’s stories through music, performance, videos, discussion and debate. The line-up is available to view here. All events will be presented in Turkish and English.

Also launching on 5 March is WOW Virtual Pakistan 2021. Running to 8 March, this four day online festival will explore how Covid-19 has exacerbated gender inequality and what steps should be taken now to support women and girls. Featuring leaders, policy-makers, activists, artists, and young, emerging voices from across Pakistan, the festival will be available to watch live at http://wowvirtual.pk. The talks, panels and conversations at this event will be Pakistan Sign Language (PSL) interpreted and captioned.

From 20-21 March, tune in to New York's Apollo Theater's third WOW Apollo - a two-day online programme of dynamic conversations, workshops, and performances for and by women and girls from around the world responding to the theme Black Women Transcending. Book now for workshops and panel discussions featuring artists, thought leaders, authors, and activists including Adeline, Aunjanue Ellis; Elaine Welteroth, Harriette Cole, Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Renee Watson, Jessamyn Stanley, Nikki Giovanni, Julie Dexter and many more.

Also taking place throughout March are WOW Think Ins and events in WOW Bangladesh in partnership with British Council Bangladesh, and WOW Think Ins in preparation for the first ever WOW Festival in Taiwan, WOW Kaohsiung, in partnership with National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts Weiwuying.

Support WOW

We are a small female-led charity that believes a gender equal world is desirable, possible and urgently required. Support us in our mission to build a global movement that celebrates women and girls.You can donate here.

To make WOW UK Festival 2021 as accessible as possible, we asked audiences to pay what they can for tickets. To say a big thank you to everyone who added a donation to their order, we're naming every supporter throughout March on our Festival Friends page.

Your support helps to make WOW UK Festival our most wide-reaching and accessible programme yet.

If you would like to become a WOW UK Festival Friend, please consider donating today here.