The Women of the World festival is coming Norwich

PUBLISHED: 12:04 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:04 10 April 2018

Nina Nannar will be featuring at the WOW Norwich festival (photo: Denise Bradley)

Nina Nannar will be featuring at the WOW Norwich festival (photo: Denise Bradley)

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From celebrating women and girls to robustly challenging and debating all that holds them back – the Women of the World festival arrives in Norwich this month

The Women of the World festival will bring an engaging, provocative and entertaining line-up of prominent activists, speakers, writers, business women, artists, comedians, sports people and campaigners to Norwich later this month.

Founded in 2010 by Jude Kelly, the artistic director of London’s Southbank Centre, WOW has become the largest women’s movement in the world, reaching more than two million people in 23 cities across the globe,

Now, Norwich has been chosen to host the festival, which has been programmed jointly by Norwich Arts Centre and Southbank Centre, and funded by Spirit of 2012.

Combining talks, debates, workshops, comedy, music, theatre, mentoring and activism, the festival celebrates women and girls, raising awareness of some of the issues that they face globally and looking at ways of tackling some of these challenges as well as the potential solutions. The event will also robustly debate both international and local issues surrounding gender politics.

Across the weekend there will be more than 100 speakers, including Nina Nannar, The Guilty Feminist Podcast, Hollie McNish, Anna Kessell, Helen Linehan, Ros Ball, Jarlath Ragan, Gal-Dem Magazine, Franstine Jones, Georgie Bullen, Nadine Houghton, Jools Walker, Katy Jon Went and Jordan Stephens.

Rosie Arnold, programmer for WOW Norwich, says the festival is a fantastic way to shine a spotlight on the city and the people that live and work here.

“Our aim is for the festival to inspire not only debate, but positive change and action in our region. Diversity and equality stand front and centre at WOW Norwich. We celebrate all those who identify as women and girls, and the men and boys who support them, and welcome everyone to join us for what’s set to be an extraordinary weekend.”

The festival will look at a number of wide-ranging issues which prevent women from achieving their potential, from violence and ageism to everyday sexism and transgender politics and cultural movements like the #metoo campaign. It will also tackle issues around sport, parenting, race and sex, feminism and the role of men and masculinity.

Southbank Centre artistic director and WOW founder Jude Kelly said: “WOW – Women of the World Festivals are designed to be agents of change in their host cities, providing a space for women to participate in discussion, education and collaboration on the issues that most impact their lives.

“WOW is the biggest gathering of women and girls across the globe, and I’m so pleased that Norwich is part of this story for change.”

The WOW Norwich festival at OPEN is on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. There are also some additional events happening at other venues in the city across the weekend. Tickets, weekend £20 (£15 concessions); day £12 (£8 concessions).

For a full festival programme and tickets, see

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