About WOW - Women of the World
WOW is a global festival that celebrates the incredible achievements of women and girls,
takes a frank look at the obstacles they face, and creates a space to discuss new solutions
together. Originating at Southbank Centre in London in 2010, it has taken place in 25 cities
across five continents - from New York to Sydney, and from Pakistan to Finland.
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.
Previous speakers have included Malala Yousafzai, Christine Lagarde, Salma Hayek, Annie
Lennox, Gordon Brown, Julie Walters, Patrick Stewart and many more including hundreds of women and men who don’t have public profiles but are working everyday to achieve gender equality. Over 25,000 people came to WOW London in 2017, thousands more have come to WOWs across the world and festival organisers have collaborated on cross-continental projects.
About WOW Exeter
2018 is the centenary of female suffrage in the UK. Southbank Centre is marking this
milestone with WOW Spirit, a partnership between Southbank Centre’s WOW - Women of
the World festival and Spirit of 2012, who are funding the project. Working with local people in each location, we are developing and producing nine WOW festivals in five cities across the UK between 2016 and 2018, the first of which took place in Bradford in November 2016.
In 2017 WOW came to Exeter for the first time and was a huge success. This year the second WOW Exeter will take place on the 13 and 14 of October 2017 in Exeter Phoeni, Royal Albert Memorial Museu (RAMM) nd Exeter Central Librar.
Check out the WOW Exeter Facebook page over the coming months at
https://www.facebook.com/wowExeter to see the full list of events we’ll have in store
during the festival weekend. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @wowexeter for news
and updates on what’s happening.