WOW festival to be held in Hull for City of Culture 2017

17 February 2017

A festival celebrating the movement of women’s equality will draw crowds into Hull next month.


Women of the World festival (WOW) is an event made up of talks, activism, debates, music, film and comedy, that will take place between 10 -12 March, as part of City of Culture 2017,


WOW was founded in 2010 at Southbank Centre, London, and since then similar festivals have taken place across the world. The other continents that have got involved in the movement are Pakistan, Finland, New York and Sydney.


Across the weekend artist Alinah Azadeh will be working on a crafts instalment, in Hull City Hall, called Revolutionary Makers. This will entail people making badges, brooches, protest banners, clothing and sashes.


The artist, who has taken inspiration from the creative campaigns of the suffragettes and the growing movement of craft activism, told us more about her instalment:



Other events taking place over the weekend are:


To Hull and Back

A live performance of BBC Radio 4’s sitcom, starring comedians Lucy Beaumont and Maureen Lipma alongside the original cast.

This will take place at Hull City Hall on Friday 10 March, 7pm.

Tickets cost £10-15.


Bucket List

A theatre performance that tells the story of a Mexican woman’s fight for justice will be performed on Friday 10 March.

The show will take place in the Ferens Studio, in Ferens Art Gallery between 7.30-9.30pm.

Tickets cost £10-15.


Ethel Leginksa: The Musical Pioneer

An exhibition and concert will be held in Ferens Art Gallery about the first ever woman who conducted her own orchestra in a leading opera house.

The exhibition will highlight Ethel Leginksa’s achievements and share rare recordings of her work.

This will be open from 12-1.30pm on Saturday 11 March.


Club Wow

Hull Cheese, on Paragon Street, will be transformed into a nightclub featuring female DJs, on Saturday 11 March.

DJs involved are from The Welly Club, Spiders and Silhouette, as well as some of the cities new DJs.

The night will start at 9pm for only over 18s.


Now What?

A debate will take place in Hull City Hall bringing to light what needs to be done to make lasting changes for women.

The talk will take place on Sunday 12 March at 3.30pm.


Weathered Estates

Hull University drama students, the Roaring Girls, will perform a playwright that tells the story of four women surviving the aftermath of war on Sunday 12 March.

The play, written by Zodwa Nyoni and directed by Amy Skinner, portrays the story of fleeing conflict, crossing borders and what it means to call somewhere home.

Zodwa Nyoni is a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2014-2015 and the winner of the Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme.

The performance will take place in Ferens Art Gallery between 3-4pm and 5-6pm.


Red Carpet screening: Viceroy’s House

A special screening of a newly released film starring Gillian Anderson and Hugh Bonneville will be shown on 12th March as WOWs closing event.

Gurinder Chadna (Bend It Like Beckham) directed the film that will be shown in Hull City Hall at 6pm.

Then following the screening there will be a Q&A with the director and Amanda Nevill CBE, CEO of the British Film Institute (BFI).

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