It was big, it was bold and it was bright! The inaugural event in 2017 featured Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, as the opening speaker in conversation with WOW Founder and Southbank Centre Artistic Director Jude Kelly, alongside prominent activists, speakers, business women, artists, broadcasters and campaigners including Kirsty Wark, Halina Rifai, Dr Iris Elliott, Lesley Riddoch, Luisa Omielan and more.
Celebrating and recognising the achievements of women and girls as well as taking a frank look at factors stopping them from achieving their potential, WOW is a jam-packed festival weekend including talks and debates from top speakers, music, dance, theatre, performance, poetry and comedy as well as wide-ranging workshops and activities ranging from morning song to yoga, and speed mentoring to skateboarding.
Funded by Spirit of 2012, WOW - Women of the World Perth 2018 is part of Southbank Centre’s expansion of its global WOW network of festivals to create nine new WOWs in five cities across the UK to mark the centenary of female suffrage in 2018. Perth is the only Scottish city to host one of these WOWs and will produce the festival in 2017 and 2018.
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Get involved in shaping this year's Women of the World Festival by taking part in the WOW Thinkins!
This is your opportunity to get involved in shaping the festival programme for 2018 and it's a chance to bring up the types of things you want to see in this year's event.
Perhaps you know of someone inspirational you’d love to hear from over the weekend? Maybe there’s a particular issue you feel strongly about that you’d like to see represented at the festival? Whatever it is, the Thinkins sessions are there to give you the chance to help shape this wonderful weekend that celebrates the achievements of women and girls from Perthshire and beyond.