Celebrating the Women of the Commonwealth 2018

The first ever WOW – Celebrating the Women of the Commonwealth will be held in Brisbane over the weekend April 6-8. WOW – Celebrating the Women of the Commonwealth will bring together the women and girls of the many countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, to create an event connecting the lives, stories and hopes of women, their challenges and their achievements.

Melbourne 2017

Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), a community-engaged, contemporary arts centre working with local, regional and international communities, presented WOW Melbourne in March 2017. FCAC were excited by the potential of WOW Melbourne to respond creatively to locally, nationally and internationally relevant themes in a way that is deeply representative of our community whilst celebrating diversity and ensuring women are firmly positioned contemporary Australian civic narrative.

Katherine 2016

WOW Katherine 2016 took place on16-18 September 2016 at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre.

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Brisbane 2015

WOW Brisbane 2015 took place from June 19-21.

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WOW Brisbane 2015

ABC Life Matters Broadcast at WOW Brisbane 2015

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 Vulcana Women’s Circus at WOW Brisbane 2015

Speed Mentoring at WOW Brisbane 2015

Katherine 2014

WOW Katherine 2014 was bigger and better in 2014, again held at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre (GYRACC).

Artwork from WOW Katherine 2014 exhibition. Artwork: Mona Hunter. Artist: Dr Al Strangeways

Artwork from WOW Katherine 2014 exhibition. Artwork: Mona Hunter. Artist: Dr Al Strangeways

WOW Katherine 2014 Performance by Miriam Lieberman with Lara Goodridge and Kate Adams

WOW Katherine 2014 Performance by Miriam Lieberman with Lara Goodridge and Kate Adams

Indigenous fashion parade at WOW Katherine 2014

Indigenous fashion parade at WOW Katherine 2014

Sydney 2013

In 2013, WOW was part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, celebrating the work, achievements and stories of Australian women. The event included a keynote from WOW collaborator Shami Chakrabati; WOW BITES, a series of short talks and stories, and sometimes performances, readings, and soapbox moments, on a very wide range of subjects; and a mass Speed Mentoring event.

Speed mentoring at Sydney Writers’s Festival 2013. Image: Cynthia Sciberras

Speed mentoring at Sydney Writers’s Festival 2013. Image: Cynthia Sciberras

Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh participates in Speed Mentoring at the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013. Image: Cynthia Sciberras

Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh participates in Speed Mentoring at the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013. Image: Cynthia Sciberras

WOW Founder Jude Kelly at Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013. Image: Cynthia Sciberras

WOW Founder Jude Kelly at Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013. Image: Cynthia Sciberras

Katherine 2013

In a partnership between one of the oldest and largest cultural centres in the world, and one of the smallest and newest, WOW Katherine 2013 was held at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre (GYRACC) in remote Katherine in the Northern Territory.

“I thought I understood the women in my community – I now realise how little I know – this has opened my eyes and my heart” – Katherine Mayor Fay Miller

Basket weaving workshops at WOW Katherine 2013. Image: Kara Burns

Basket weaving workshops at WOW Katherine 2013. Image: Kara Burns

The Marketplace at WOW Katherine 2013. Image: Kara Burns

The Marketplace at WOW Katherine 2013. Image: Kara Burns

Borroloola dancers at WOW Katherine 2013. Image: Kara Burns

Borroloola dancers at WOW Katherine 2013. Image: Kara Burns