Early
Mar
 2021

WOW – Women of the World Festival

10:00am – 10:00pm
£10.00 – £25.00

This year marks the 10th anniversary of WOW Festival, which launched in 2010 to celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day. WOW is now a global movement that has held festivals in Australia, Brazil, China, and Pakistan among others.

The London event takes place at Southbank Centre in Waterloo . Spread across three days, the festival coincides with International Women’s Day on 8 March. The aim of the festival is to celebrate the lives of women and girls. All while exploring the global issues they face through debate, workshops,and performances.

Each year, world-renowned artists, activists, writers and performers come to the Southbank Centre. These have included Angela Davies, Malala Yousafzai, Annie Lennox, Patrick Stewart, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, and Salma Hayek.

What’s on at WOW Festival 2020

A big anniversary means a big and bold line-up of events. This year’s highlights include Me and White Supremacy author and anti-racism educator Layla Saad ,in conversation with WOW founder Jude Kelly.

There will also be a panel led by artist, activist and mental health campaigner Bobby Baker, investigating why women have been branded everything from ‘witches to ‘morally insane’.

Other events include Scarlett Curtis’ panel, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink. there’s also Women Byte Back, in which the role of gender in tech goes under the spotlight. Then there’s comedy from Shazia Murza, and a one-woman show by actor and playwright Sudha Bhuchar.

If you’re up for some audience participation, strike a pose at the Voguing Workshop. And if you’re feeling vocal, you can join the WOW Big Sing.

This year also sees the return of WOW Speed Mentoring, WOW Bites, and the WOW Marketplace.

Kids at WOW Festival 2020

There are events suitable for under 18s too. Take your kids on a drawing adventure with Amelia Fang illustrator Laura Ellen, or explore gender equality at the Under 10s feminist corner for boys workshop.

Tickets For WOW Festival 2020

Some events for the festival are free, like WOW Marketplace, and the Wow 10th Birthday Party on Sunday 8 March. Pricing for individual events goes up to around £25.00. You can buy day passes for £40.00 for Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March.

If there are a few things you want to check out on a specific day, double check that it’s included with your pass first.

Getting to WOW Festival 2020

The Southbank Centre is a short distance from Waterloo (Mainline Railway, Underground (Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines). It’s also directly across the bridge from Embankment (Nothern, Bakerloo, Circle and District lines).

Get all the info on what's on in London direct to your inbox.

Featured Events
  • food festival
    Sun, Apr
    05

    West Norwood Feast

    Online

    This month, West Norwood Feast is going digital, keeping locals entertained while social distancing. Events include a guided tour of Norwood’s bird calls, a cook-along session, yoga, crafting for kids and music and chat by regular FEAST DJ Glen Falconer. […]

    10:00am – 4:00pm
    Free
Related Events
  • Great British Beer Festival
    Early
    Aug

    Great British Beer Festival

    Cancelled

    Organised annually by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the Great British Beer Festival has been running for over 40 years. With around a thousand different drinks available, organisers call it the “Biggest pub in the world”. The festival specialises […]

    £9.00 – £14.00
  • Notting Hill Carnival Dancer
    Late
    Aug

    Notting Hill Carnival

    Cancelled

    August bank holiday weekend is time for Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street party. It’s a colourful, vibrant celebration of all things multicultural, and especially London’s African-Caribbean communities. Revellers come from all over for the elaborate costumes, community spirit and […]

    10:00am – 7:00pm
    Free
  • People watching an open air film screening in London
    Late
    May
    ~
    Early
    Sep

    Summer By The River Festival

    Cancelled

    A summer of free events run by London Bridge City between London and Tower Bridges. Highlights include Mass-Samba-aoke (group karaoke with a live samba band), outdoor cinema screenings, performances, live music, food stalls and plenty of family friendly activities to […]

    6:00pm – 10:00pm
    Free
  • Sat, Sep
    05

    The Great River Race

    Cancelled

    Not to be confused with the Great Race between Oxford and Cambridge rowing crews. This traditional boat race sees a great flotilla of oar powered craft take to the Thames for a semi-competitive race from London Docklands to Richmond. Any […]

    10:50am – 2:00pm
    Free

Recommended hotels located nearby