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WOW UK Festival 2021

1st March 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 21st March 2021 @ 10:00 pm

To mark International Women’s Day, join WOW UK this March for a very special digital programme, featuring groundbreaking In Conversations (all BSL embedded) and interactive workshops  (available for BSL request).

Over three weeks we’ll explore everything from mental health to sex in lockdown, radical childcare to #SayHerName, and being everything from a grandmother to an artist in a pandemic (or both!).

With tickets starting from just £1, the programme features Kimberlé CrenshawRuby WaxArundhati RoySheila HetiAvni DoshiBryony Kimmings and a whole range of new voices for a programme that will look after you, expand your mind – and maybe even teach you a new skill. Check out the listings tab above to explore the programme and book.

How to Watch

WOW UK Festival 2021 will all be available to online and can be streamed anywhere worldwide.

Visit our Ticketco Festival page to book all events. All In Conversation events will be streamed via TicketCo and you’ll have access to watch the event for seven days following the start time. Plus, if you miss an event and want to catch up, you’ll be able to buy a ticket to watch anytime throughout March.

WOW Workshops will be held on Zoom. Please book through our booking page and joining instructions will be sent to you beforehand.

If you want to book to watch all the In Conversations, you can book a WOW UK 2021 Festival Talks Pass for just £25 (or £100 if you’d like to support WOW’s work year-round). And don’t forget, you have seven days to watch all events on demand.

All In Conversations will be BSL Interpreted and captioned. To request BSL or captioning for a workshop, please email access@thewowfoundation.com to check interpreter availability before booking.

In Conversation events & Workshops currently available with BSL

Mon 1st @ 8pm
𝐖𝐎𝐖 𝐔𝐊 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐋𝐚𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡: 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐖𝐞 𝐍𝐨𝐰?
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳: 𝘚𝘢𝘮 𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘙𝘚𝘓𝘐

Join us to launch WOW’s 2021 UK digital festival – with WOW Founder and Director Jude Kelly and entrepreneur India Gary-Martin. What has the pandemic meant for women and girls – and who are the people bringing the solutions?


Tue 2nd @ 8pm

𝐀𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐢 𝐑𝐨𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐕 𝐈𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳: 𝘈𝘭𝘪 𝘎𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘰𝘯 𝘙𝘚𝘓𝘐

Join writers Arundhati Roy and V (formerly Eve Ensler) as they talk to writer Preti Taneja, reflecting on the meaning of freedom in a world of growing authoritarianism and on the role of creativity and alternative imaginations. They discuss everything from the impact of human separation during the pandemic on work and their creative lives, to what ‘normal’ will look like in the future – and whether we should avoid going back to it at all costs.


Fri 5th @ 8pm
𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐆𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐟: 𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐁𝐢𝐫𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳: 𝘏𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘯 𝘍𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘙𝘚𝘓𝘛

Catherine Mayer and her mother, Anne Mayer Bird, lost their beloved husbands just 41 days apart on the eve of the pandemic. Entering the nation-wide lockdown as new widows, they began meeting every week (socially distanced and in protective clothing) as Catherine cared for her mother and both women learned to navigate loss, ‘sadmin’, and unexpected dramas.


Sat 6th @ 2pm – Workshop
𝐖𝐎𝐖’𝐬 𝐕𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐁𝐢𝐠 𝐒𝐢𝐧𝐠
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴: 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘺 𝘛𝘺𝘦𝘳 & 𝘒𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘦 𝘍𝘦𝘯𝘸𝘪𝘤𝘬

Come and join Choral activist Kirsty Martin at WOW’s Virtual Big Sing. Kirsty will guide you through a group warm up into singing some small but perfectly formed songs from all over the world together. This session is suited to singers of all persuasions – reluctant singers, shower crooners and seasoned divas all welcome.


Sat 6th @ 8pm
𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬?
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳: 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘦 𝘙𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘙𝘚𝘓𝘐

WOW joins forces with the Working Class Writers Festival for this special event, with Working Class Writers Festival Artistic Director Natasha Carthew. Joining Natasha are acclaimed writers Sharon Duggal, Sadie Hasler and Mahsuda Snaith.


Mon 8th @ 8pm
𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧, 𝐏𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞: 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧’𝐬 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐭 𝐖𝐎𝐖
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳: 𝘛𝘢𝘻 𝘏𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘙𝘚𝘓𝘐

It’s a fact – the majority of the countries that have been more successful in stemming the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic are headed by women. Yet, women are Heads of State and Government in only 20 countries worldwide, and across the board – from sport to culture, education to food, and business to politics – women are not yet, even in 2021, anywhere close to 50% of leadership positions.


Tues 9th @ 8pm
𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐕𝐨𝐠𝐮𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳: 𝘖𝘮𝘰𝘺𝘦𝘭𝘦 𝘛𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘴

British Vogue Forces for Change will be returning to WOW this year to uncover the raw and inspiring stories of women across the globe; the challenges faced, and what the future holds.


Wed 10th @ 8pm
𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐌𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐬: 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐞 𝐇𝐚𝐲𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐁𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐇𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐞𝐬 𝐈𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳: 𝘚𝘢𝘮 𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘙𝘚𝘓𝘐

Join Natalie Haynes and Bettany Hughes in conversation at WOW UK Festival 2021 on a voyage of discovery to reveal the real stories of women from Greek myths – and why it matters.


Thurs 11th@ 8pm
𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐥𝐚 𝐇𝐞𝐭𝐢 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐯𝐧𝐢 𝐃𝐨𝐬𝐡𝐢 𝐈𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳: 𝘚𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘺 𝘋𝘦𝘰 𝘙𝘚𝘓𝘐

Sheila Heti joins Avni Doshi in a conversation on the ambivalence of motherhood, chaired by Sunny Singh. As life in lockdown has us re-examining our priorities, we ask if how we live, interact with each other and make sense of things as women has also drastically changed.


Fri 12th @ 8pm
𝐊𝐢𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐥é 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐰 𝐈𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳: 𝘕𝘪𝘬𝘬𝘪 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘴 𝘙𝘚𝘓𝘐

Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term ‘Intersectionality’ in 1989, and #SayHerName campaign she fights for the forgotten women who have died at the hands of police. At a time where the world grapples to answer the ongoing call for the Black Lives Matter movement, and we see the Black community disportionately impacted by Covid 19, Kimberlé Crenshaw joins us at WOW to share her story, ideas, passions and campaigns – and the changes she wants to see.


Mon 15th @ 8pm
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐓𝐨 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐭𝐨 𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐬: 𝐀 𝐆𝐢𝐫𝐥𝐬’ 𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐓𝐨 𝐚 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐃𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐀𝐈
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳: 𝘒𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯 𝘉𝘦𝘭𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘙𝘚𝘓𝘛

AI is everywhere. From tracking your spending habits, to creating the latest filter on Instagram to job applications, AI is playing a part in how we all work, live and play. And so, the risk of biased technology is real.


Wed 17th @ 8pm
𝐑𝐮𝐛𝐲 𝐖𝐚𝐱: 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳: 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘺 𝘛𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘙𝘚𝘓𝘐

Come and join Ruby for an hour of optimism – including a guided meditation, run by Ruby, especially for WOW. In conversation with writer and broadcaster Fearne Cotton.


Thurs 18th @ 8pm
𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐒𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳: 𝘙𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘦 𝘓𝘦𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘯 𝘙𝘚𝘓𝘐

In the midst of lockdown, when growing authoritarianism threatens to silence the voices of truth and justice, meet the women who risk their lives to speak the truth and refuse to be silenced, despite grave danger.

Fri 19th @ 8pm
𝐒𝐞𝐱 𝐢𝐧 𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧
𝘉𝘚𝘓 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳: 𝘙𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘦 𝘓𝘦𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘯 𝘙𝘚𝘓𝘐

Are sex and social distancing unnatural bedfellows? From having more to wanting more, and from doing it yourself to abstaining completely – we have brought together some of the greatest minds, researchers and global sexperts to discuss how life under lockdown has impacted our sex lives.


**All workshops available for BSL request can be found below**

To request BSL for a workshop, please email access@thewowfoundation.com to check for interpreters availability before booking.

Thu 4th
8pm – Money Matters – Reset Your Money Mindset with Selina Flavius


Sat 6th
10am – Under 10’s Feminist Corner – Sold out

4pm – Emilia – Our Time Is Now



Sat 13th
10am – Decolonising Songwriting


Sun 14th
2pm – I Am Perfect As Me


Tue 16th
7pm – Finding Your Personal Power with Sarah Blumenau


Sat 20th
10am – How To Be An Active Bystander


Sun 21st
2pm – Everyone’s An Artist with Bryony Kimmings

4pm – All Cisterns Go – Plumbing with WOW

Please visit **WOW 2021 Line Up** to view full information about each event and workshop.


1st March 2021 @ 8:00 pm
21st March 2021 @ 10:00 pm


WOW Global

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