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WOW - Women of the World Festival 2015

Women of the World is a global festival that celebrates the achievements of women and girls and also looks at the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their potential and contributing to the world.

Southbank Centre are bringing together incredible speakers, activities and emerging female talent from across the world, it looks at the most potent topics for women today across many fields including in politics, the arts, economics, fashion, science, health, sport, business and education. It presents the very best of recognised and upcoming female talent.


This year’s WOW festival speakers include Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and Annie Lennox, famed for her music as both a solo artist and as lead singer of Eurythmics, as well as for her campaigns on the issue of HIV/AIDS.

Sarah Brown, co-founder, patron and president of numerous children’s charities, Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, and respected war correspondent Lindsey Hilsum will also be present to give a series of interesting talks and debates.

Sandi Toksvig, the exceptionally witty and brilliant Radio 4 presenter, writer and comedian will be hosting an electrifying night of comedy and music, including a special appearance by actor Hugh Grant and comedy from award-winning comedian Sarah Millican.

If you’re a fan of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Women’s Hour’, then you’ll be thrilled to know that the team are taking residence all week at WOW. You can even watch the live broadcast of the programme with Jane Garvey.

The event will also be showcasing the new animated feature film The Prophet, by writer and director of The Lion King, followed by a Q&A with Salma Hayek Pinault, who produced and did voice work for the film.

As well as events, talks, live music and comedy, WOW festival are also hosting a selection of permanent exhibitions throughout the week, including a newly commissioned data design installation from the innovative data designer Stefanie Posavec and work by American-born, Paris-based artist Sheila Hicks, internationally renowned for her large-scale work situated between applied arts, sculpture and performance.

To see the complete list of who will be making an appearance at this year’s festival, and for full event listings, click here.