Talisa Dean 30/01/23
The Women of the World festival is, essentially, attempting to inch society a little further forward into a future where the Women of the World festival doesn’t need to exist.
And while that may seem like a slightly dispiriting foundation stone, the event that’s come out of it is actually incredibly inspiring and uplifting.
Because arriving at the Southbank Centre this coming March are some of the world’s coolest, funniest, bravest, and most brilliant women – speakers, activists and performers alike – who are gathering together as a celebration, but also to have a frank, and honest discussion about the major, worldwide obstacles that still face women, girls and non-binary people today, particularly the negative impact that the pandemic has had on global gender equality.
Over the last decade Women of the World has proudly reached over 2 million people across 17 countries, with a whopping 65 festivals under its belt. It’s also helped to kick start some pretty cool real life changes, like the founding of the Women’s Equality Party back in 2015.
This will be its 13th anniversary and the festival is set to take place over three days spanning 10th-12th March. You can expect a lineup of events including top-shelf speakers, activists, musicians and comedians.
So far, the playbill has been inked with a gig from on-the-rise jazztronica artist LayFullStop; a conversation about sex, love and relationships with someone who is an absolute expert on these things, Dami “Oloni” Olonisaki; and to top it all off on Sunday: an evening with Roxane Gay, a true rockstar in the never-ending battle for social change and the New York Times bestselling author of the greatly acclaimed ‘Bad Feminist’, ‘Difficult Women’ and many more. There’ll also be a live recording of legendary award-winning broadcasting duo Jane Garvey and Fi Glover’s new podcast ‘Off Air…’, covering today’s most pressing issues. And there are a few.
The weekend will also see the now regular WOW Speed Mentoring sessions (15 minute slots with various experts in their field); WOW Under-10s (events for the next generation of gender equality champions); WOW Pop-ups (various workshops and performances); and the WOW Market, which will feature female & non-binary run businesses, as well as activist organisations to meet and get involved with.
Tickets are available now, and selling fast.
NOTE: Women of the World Festival 2023 is taking place from 10th-12th March at the Southbank Centre. To snap up your ticket, just head to the website right HERE.
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