WOW Kathmandu

WOW- Women of the World- is a global movement of festivals and the people who make them. It is coming to Kathmandu for the first time on February 18th 2017 at the Staff College Lalitpur and will be convened by Jude Kelly, founder of WOW and Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in partnership with the British Council. The event starts at 11am and runs until 8pm and is free and open to everyone! Join us!

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What is WOW?

WOW is a festival that celebrates women and girls and taking a frank look at the obstacles they face across the world. There are talks, performances, activism, workshops, food, music, mentoring, workshops and more. WOW is for everyone, and brings people together from all corners of society - both speakers and audience members - energising and providing the inspiration and tools to make change. 

WOW is a place where hundreds of women’s stories can be shared, feelings vented, minds influenced and fun had. Each WOW is for everyone, bold and broad-based in approach, both lively and serious, bringing together of people from all corners of society.

Background

WOW launched in 2011 at London’s Southbank Centre, and was founded by Jude Kelly CBE, Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director. Past speakers in London have included: Malala Yousafzai, Annie Lennox, Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters, Shami Chakrabarti, Salma Hayek, Alice Walker, Caitlin Moran, Vivienne Westwood, Grayson Perry, Leymah Gbowee, and Christine Lagarde. 

The WOW movement is growing, and is now in over 20 cities across 5 continents including Karachi in Pakistan, Finland, New York and Baltimore in the USA, across the UK and Australia and in Hargeysa, Somaliland. 

There have been Thinkins in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and India in preparation for WOW Kathmandu which will feature the stories of women from across South Asia.

Around the world, individuals and communities, including an increasing number of men, are insisting on the simple proposition that women must have equal rights and asking 'why is gender equality taking so long?' 

The global WOW movement is growing at a time when female voices have become immensely powerful as a force for positive change. The festival concept belongs to London’s Southbank Centre and was founded by Jude Kelly CBE, Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director- http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/  

WOW Kathmandu

Following the huge success of WOW Karachi in May 2016, the British Council in partnership with the Southbank Centre is bringing WOW to Kathmandu for the first time on February 18, 2017.

Informed by a series of brainstorming meetings called Thinkins, local partners are working together to create a festival that will feature speakers and artists from across the South Asia region. WOW Kathmandu will include panels and talks, Bites, Workshops, a WOW Marketplace, performances and much more! It is taking place at the Staff College in Patan and is free and open to everyone.

British Council is the world’s leading cultural relations organisation and creates opportunities for people in the UK and worldwide to understand each other, to work together and learn from one another. We see this as crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all. We build trust and understanding between different countries and cultures and develop strong international links that are of benefit to people in Britain and the rest of the world. We call this work – cultural relations. 

Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames. Created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, Southbank Centre draws on its heritage as a festival site, with art and activities inside and outside. Southbank Centre encourages everyone to become involved in the arts in new and creative ways and passionately believes the arts have the power to transform lives.

WOW Thinkin, Kathmandu

On November 30, 2016, British Council Nepal organized a WOW Thinkin event for anyone and everyone to come and help plan and share ideas for WOW  Kathmandu. Women from different walks of life, background and experiences had gathered on the same platform to learn, share and inspire their stories, ideas and experience. And these women came up with brilliant ideas on how to shape the new platform for women — WOW Kathmandu.   Parallel Thinkins happened in countries around South Asia and contribute to the festival in Kathmandu.

Founder of WOW festival Jude Kelly and WOW Executive Producer Melanie V Eusebe participated at the event to facilitate the discussion. See photos below!

For quick updates of our activities, testimonials and pictures, stay connected with us on our Facebook event page. Share our initiative with the hashtag #WOWKtm