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WOW – Women Of the World Festival 2015

Monday 02 March 2015
Words Ailis Mara

Wow, it’s WOW week. The Women Of the World 2015 Festival began yesterday marking the start of seven days celebrating women and girls around the world. With HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as President, the Southbank Center opened its doors for the 5th annual WOW event that will reach its pinnacle on Sunday 8th coinciding with International Women’s Day.

Today, more than ever, feminism and the publicity it’s getting is more rife than ever before. Now I’m not saying if you go to this festival you have to stop shaving your armpits and burn your bras (that’s aimed at you too guys), but celebrating and hoping for equality is something everybody in this modern age should be fighting for and acknowledging.

The week’s celebrations see the coming together of many creative outlets, with comedy, music and arts performances blended through with a schedule of specialised talks and workshops all of which celebrate females in this world. There will be performances from Rebecca Ferguson and Ella Eyre, Sheila Hicks will present her first solo UK show, Sarah Millican will once again prove women can be as sarcastic and witty as any man and there will be the World theatre premiere of Drawing on a (Grand) Mother’s Experience to name but a few of the events this year.

Now if you ask me, one week isn’t enough to celebrate how great us women are, but that’s okay because there are now 12 UK based and international WOW Festivals spread across the calendar year. And by 2018, WOW Festival would have spread across 53 Commonwealth countries. Now that is some serious girl power (insert peace sign).