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WOW Women of the World Festival - Exeter


WOW Exeter is the first local outing of a global festival that celebrates the incredible achievements of women and girls. Originating at Southbank Centre in London in 2010, it has taken place in 20 cities across five continents – from New York to Sydney, and from Pakistan to Finland. Now it’s coming to Exeter for the first time this October across Exeter Phoenix, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Exeter Central Library.

Each WOW festival is made up of talks, discussions, music, activism, performance, mentoring and big ideas, and features women who are breaking the mould in science, entrepreneurship, the arts, sport, economics, health, and business. There are sessions on personal issues right through to those of national and international concern, including war and peacekeeping, body image, violence against women and girls, race, religion, the role of men in gender equality, older women’s voices, young women’s stories, and whether Beyoncé is a feminist icon.

Featuring more than 30 events, visitors to WOW can book a weekend or one-day wristband to attend beatboxing workshops, life drawing, comedy, discussions on women in STEM, yoga, theatre and everything in between.  

Find the full brochure, or see the timetable below.

Day pass: £10 (£8)
Weekend pass: £16 (12.50)



  • WOW Morning Run, Rougemont Gardens
  • Women’s Temple Dance, Exeter Phoenix


  • Why Exeter? WOW Opening Session, Exeter Phoenix

11AM – 12 NOON

  • Intersectionality for Beginners, Exeter Phoenix
  • WOW Bites, Exeter Phoenix
  • Beatboxing Workshop, Exeter Phoenix
  • Girl Online, RAMM
  • Birth Stories, Exeter Library
  • Under 10s Feminist Corner, Exeter Library
  • ‘Fash a Sash’ with the Fawcett Society, Exeter Phoenix

12.45PM – 1.45PM

  • How to Get Elected Workshop, Exeter Phoenix
  • Speed Mentoring, RAMM
  • Women, Mental Health and the Art of Feeling Better, Exeter Phoenix
  • Bicycle Maintenance Workshop, Exeter Phoenix
  • Childfree by Choice… and Happy, Exeter Phoenix
  • Domestic Abuse: Everyone’s Problem, Exeter Library
  • Working 9 to 5 (Not a Way to Make a Living?), RAMM
  • Funny Women Workshop, RAMM

2PM – 3PM

  • What Does Brexit Mean for Women?, RAMM
  • WOW Bites, Exeter Phoenix
  • Let’s be Clear About Consent, Exeter Phoenix
  • Life Drawing for the Terrified, Exeter Phoenix
  • In Conversation with Liz Carr, Exeter Phoenix
  • Come to a Cryptoparty: You’re Invited!, Exeter Phoenix

3PM – 3.45PM

  • Grace Savage Beatboxing Performance, Exeter Phoenix

3PM – 4.45PM

  • Foreign Body Performance, Exeter Library

3.45PM – 4.45PM

  • Self-Defence Workshop, Exeter Phoenix
  • Your Own Personal Heatwave, Exeter Phoenix
  • I Can’t Keep Quiet: WOW Choir Workshop, Exeter Phoenix
  • Getting Personal with Finance Workshop, Exeter Phoenix
  • The Truth About Women and Food, RAMM
  • Top of the Crops: Women Leading in Farming, RAMM

5PM – 6PM

  • Women, Power and Change, Exeter Phoenix

6.30PM – 8.30PM

  • Funny Women Heats, Exeter Phoenix

7.30PM – 10PM

  • Alternative PJ Party Film Screening: Prevenge (15), Exeter Phoenix
    (Please note your WOW weekend pass does not get you access to this screening. Tickets available here >>)


9AM – 10AM

  • Morning Yoga, Exeter Phoenix
  • Morning Meditation, Exeter Phoenix

10.30AM – 11AM

  • WOW Views on the News, Exeter Phoenix

11.15AM – 12.15PM

  • RockFit, Exeter Phoenix
  • Badass Women of Devon, RAMM
  • How to Get Elected Workshop, Exeter Phoenix
  • Under 10’s Feminist Corner, Exeter Library
  • Teens Talk Back, Exeter Library
  • Disability, Women and Taking Action, Exeter Phoenix
  • Speed Mentoring, RAMM
  • HAIR!, Exeter Phoenix

12.45PM – 1.45PM

  • International Activism, Exeter Phoenix
  • Glass Half Full: An Optimist’s Guide to Making Change Happen, Exeter Phoenix
  • Childlessness, Exeter Phoenix
  • I Can’t Keep Quiet: WOW Choir Workshop, Exeter Phoenix
  • For The Men of WOW, Exeter Library
  • Tech-ing The Mickey: Where are all the Women in STEM?, RAMM
  • We Need to Talk About Alcohol, Exeter Phoenix

2PM – 3PM

  • Android Women, VR Porn and Sex Robots: Is this the Future of Sex?, Exeter Phoenix
  • Owning Your Space: Confidence Building Workshop, Exeter Phoenix
  • Life Drawing for the Terrifed, Exeter Phoenix
  • The Glass Cliff, Exeter Library
  • One Planet, Double Standards: Women, Climate Change and Equality, RAMM
  • WOW Bites, Exeter Phoenix

3.15PM – 4PM

  • WOW Finale: Pick of the Festival, Exeter Phoenix
Earlier Event: October 13
Bodykind Festival
Later Event: October 21
Stand Up To Racism National Conference