WOW – Women of the World Festival is set to return to Bradford on the 18 – 19 November which celebrates and recognises the achievements of women and girls and takes a frank look at what stops them from achieving their potential.
Full details of the festival programme will be announced next week.
Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival is supported by Spirit of 2012, and hosts WOWs across the globe, including in five cities across the UK, of which Bradford was the first northern city. From New York to Bradford, WOW marks the centenary of female suffrage in 2018, and this year it is expected to be bigger and better than ever.
WOW Bradford takes place over a weekend and includes an inspiring line-up of over 45 different talks, discussions performances and workshops at Kala Sangam arts centre and Bradford Cathedral.
The festival creates an opportunity for hundreds of women and men, boys and girls from across the city to come together under one roof and celebrate the achievements of women and girls. Music, dance and performance feature throughout the festival. WOW also creates a safe space for the discussion of hard-hitting issues which affect women and girls, not just on a local level, but nationally and Internationally too.
Saliha Rubani, WOW Bradford festival programmer said: “Bradford is so easily overlooked as a city that has nothing going for it. But as a proud Bradfordian, I know there is so much beauty here. This festival is a great way of showing what Bradford has to offer and how amazing the women of this city are.”
Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre and WOW founder said: “ WOW – Women of the World festivals are designed to be agents of change in their host cities, providing a space for women to participate in discussion, education and collaboration on the issues that most impact their lives. Launched in 2010 in London, W OW festivals have engaged and inspired nearly two million people across five continents and cities in Australia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, the U.K., and at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. W OW is the biggest gathering of women and girls across the globe, and I’m so pleased that Bradford is part of this story for change. ”