About WOW Brisbane 2015
- Celebrated the achievements of women (particularly local women across all walks of life);
- Discussed those issues that are still barriers for women and girls and identified solutions to them; and
- Buillt strong communities of women by leaving a lasting legacy of new conversations, networks and a belief in our power to make change happen.
Why I love WOW…
I love that WOW tackles the hairy issues alongside the whimsical, all with a spirit of depth, integrity and collegiality. I can’t wait to immerse myself in the weekend, and as a mother of little girls, start to change things from the playground up. Fiona Maxwell, CEO, Brisbane Powerhouse
WoW Brisbane is set to be a fantastic event and a phenomenal – if rare – opportunity to bring the gender equality dialogue to the Queensland stage. The One Woman Project team and I are immensely excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with WoW Brisbane on a number of workshops over the weekend, and cannot wait to see the entire event come together! Madeline Price, Director of the One Woman Project
Coming from a land which Persians commonly refer to as the cradle of literature, I grew up with a profound passion for storytelling, poetry and drama which eventually drove me towards the study of English Literature in Shiraz University. I soon developed a dream career in writing plays and performing them for children of all nations before journeying to Australia to complete a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature and a teaching degree. Currently, I am pursuing my dream at a uniquely multicultural school, Yeronga State High, as an EALD Teacher along with following a doctorate degree in Applied Theatre at Griffith University. The highest peak of my life is wrapped within the time span I spend with my students from all over the world in classrooms and on our theatre stage creating stories for Australian audiences. The Women of the World Festival is not just an invaluable opportunity for all of its participants across the world to acknowledge and address women’s issues and challenges in our modern era; but also, and more importantly, it is a wonderful forum to celebrate women’s strength, courage, achievements and uniquely resilient spirit. For this main reason and many more, I feel deeply honoured to be part of this positive, broad and embracing move and can’t wait to meet with WOW’s speakers and performers as well as sharing my passion in highlighting the power of storytelling and women’s voices from all over the world with the festival’s participants. This global force is not to be missed and I am more than thrilled that Brisbane has ‘WOW’ to look forward to in June 2015. Sanaz Hamoonpou, Yeronga State High School
I’m active in the WOW space because my world is full of women who achieve amazing things everyday, and I want the world to know more about that and enjoy the benefits of that. I also think all our worlds are incomplete without equality between men and women — and WOW helps promote that journey to equality. Dr Sandra Phillips, QUT
About the organisers
Of One Mind is a non-profit company with a mission to develop and support cultural activities which address or communicate pressing social issues. Of One Mind creates and delivers events, builds networks and partnerships which support its goals and assists the development of individual artists and arts organisations. Its first major project is the development of WOW in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, in partnership with Southbank Centre London.