I am extremely pleased that the WOW Women of the World festival is taking place this weekend, on 24th & 25th November 2018 at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.

Founded in 2010 by Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, Jude Kelly CBE, the event is the biggest gathering of women and girls around the globe, reaching over 2 million people in 20 cities across 5 continents. It really is fantastic to have this festival being hosted here in Cardiff.

Each festival is made up of talks, debates, music, activism, comedy, workshops, mentoring, pop-ups and performances, celebrating women and girls, taking a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential, and raising awareness globally among everyone of the issues faced, as well as creating possible solutions.

Music industry related highlights include:

SPEED MENTORING – share challenges, exchange ideas and stories and potentially identify a new mentor. This is an opportunity to be mentored by experts with roles across many fields including artists, entrepreneurs, campaigners, academics, WOW speakers and more. During the one hour session participants have three individual 15-minute speed mentoring sessions. To sign up to be a mentee please email wowcardiff@southbankcentre.co.uk

WOMEN IN THE ARTS – From Kully Thiarai at National Theatre Wales to Karen Mackinnon at Artes Mundi – Wales is leading the way when it comes to the appointment of women in senior arts position. This session asks whether the visibility of women at the top having an impact on who is choosing to pursue arts based careers and which routes they take. Wales artists talk about their own journeys, discuss how they make their voices heard and how their work gets seen. Speakers include visual artist Adeola Deme, theatre director Adele Thomas and composer Sarah Lianne Lewis.

CODI LLAIS – Join musician Gwenno Saunders as she reflects on living and working in contemporary Wales, with Sara Huws (East End Women’s Museum co-founder) and musician Kizzy Crawford. Inspired by the book Codi Llais which was written by 14 different women from Wales, they’ll share personal experiences of being a feminist in this country, and how the book has celebrated the many role models to be proud of.

THE POWER OF VOICE – Join Sian Evans formerly of Kosheen on a journey to liberate the voice. Her aim is to help singers find their own voice, develop a personal relationship with that voice and to help them grow in confidence and find an individual style. The workshop is designed to empower people – all are welcome and no singing experience is necessary.


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