WOW (Women of the World) is a three day festival created by Southbank Centre London, and now an annual flagship event

WOW is a global force supporting women, action and change WOW celebrates women’s achievements and takes a frank look at the lives of women and girls and the obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential

WOW looks for solutions, inspires insight, energy and laughter, and builds new networks and communities of strong women

WOW is…

      • A global festival of keynotes, talks, debates, performances, workshops, speed-mentoring, a marketplace, exhibitions and community-building
      • The biggest festival in Europe to investigate important topics for women and girls today
      • A catalyst for real change for many areas of women’s lives –politics, relationships, safety, economic participation, the arts, fashion, health, science, business and education
      • An opportunity to engage with international and national leaders and everyday heroes
      • A program focussed on local needs and priorities – local women choose the themes, projects and speakers for their event

In 2016, WOW was held in 17 cities across five continents.

Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre London, launched WOW London in 2011 to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day, as a major global festival that celebrates women and girls and looks at the obstacles they face, where hundreds of women’s stories could be shared, feelings vented, fun had, minds influenced and hearts expanded. In response to an overwhelming demand Southbank Centre have been fostering a growing global network of festivals.