Further details announced for Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival

Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World festival features a series of performances with gigs, films, comedy, classical music, theatre, poetry and readings, alongside debates, talks, networking, mentoring opportunities, workshops and many free, participatory events across Southbank Centre’s site in the many rooms and spaces of the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Jude Kelly OBE, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre said:

“Throughout history, many women’s achievements have gone unnoticed or unsung. I created WOW – Women of the World Festival to celebrate the formidable power of women to make change happen, to remind us of our history, to draw attention to injustice, to enjoy each other’s company and to encourage men to add their support as we set out to achieve a fairer world. I was overwhelmed by the positive response to WOW in 2011 and am excited to build on this success with another great festival at Southbank Centre in 2012.”

Katy B, Annie Lennox, Jess Mills and Emeli Sandé are confirmed for the annual festival to promote, recognise and celebrate women.

Wednesday 7 – Sunday 11 March 2012, Southbank Centre

  • Katy B, Jess Mills and Emeli Sandé will perform on stage with host Annie Lennox at a one-off awareness raising concert in association with gender equality coalition Equals
  • Cherie Blair to launch International Women’s Day speed mentoring event, with 150 leading women from all industries mentoring 150 women mentees
  • Sandi Toksvig presents an evening of comedy and classical music featuring an all-female orchestra conducted by Sue Perkins and Jane Glover; with comedian Jo Brand and women’s choir Gaggle
  • Lynne Franks leads a workshop for female business entrepreneurs
  • Hope Powell CBE, Laura Liswood, Frances Osborne, Dawn Porter, Irma Kurtz, Bianca Jagger, Dr Kiran Bedi and Rachel Johnson feature in a packed weekend of talks, debates, workshops and networking and mentoring opportunities
  • Discussion on everything from female board members and how to ask for a pay rise to domestic violence, global finance and vajazzling
  • Sinead O’Connor and Emmy the Great perform work from their new albums
  • Carol Ann-Duffy’s The World’s Wife performed as a one-woman show by Linda Marlowe

Through WOW – Women of the World festival, Southbank Centre aims to contribute to the empowerment of women and girls on a year-round basis. As part of WOW 2012, Southbank Centre is working with London schools, including Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets, to programme a conference for an invited group of pupils and their mothers to discuss what makes a great 21st century education for girls. Southbank Centre will build on the success of the 2011 speed-mentoring sessions by offering more tailored and in depth speed-mentoring opportunities across a breadth of subjects and industries, as part of an ongoing commitment to developing and promoting mentoring schemes for women.

Southbank Centre Ticket Office: 0844 847 9910

Book online www.southbankcentre.co.uk/wow

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