An annual event that launched in 2011 to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day. WOW festival promotes gender equality and celebrates the achievements of women and girls everywhere as well as exploring the barriers they face through debate, workshops and performance. Previous speakers include Caitlin Moran, Annie Lennox, Grayson Perry and Malala Yousafzai.
As well as ticketed events, there are several free events that happen at the festival. This year’s free programme includes the Scars exhibtion, the WOW market, a Pop-Up Poetry Café, Women for Women music performance, and a mass speed mentoring event.