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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 Crenshaw, Ruby Wax, Arundhati Roy, Sheila Heti, Avni Doshi, Bryony 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 email@example.com to check interpreter availability before booking.
In Conversation events & Workshops currently available with BSL
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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**