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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | March 29, 2020

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WOW Festival Celebrates Women of the Commonwealth

WOW Festival Celebrates Women of the Commonwealth
Taylor Furby

Women of the World (WOW) Festival makes the Brisbane Powerhouse it’s home from Saturday April 6th to Sunday the 8th.

Starting in London, WOW Festival is a major global event that celebrates women. During the 2018 Commonwealth Games, women from Australia and the Commonwealth will be a part of the festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse. This year is the first time the festival will bring together the stories, challenges and achievements from women and girls of the Commonwealth. This will highlight women and girls in regional and remote communities.

Over the three days, there are 100 events including discussions and debates, performances, speed mentoring, markets and a healing space, all celebrating achievements and highlighting obstacles that women face. Another fantastic aspect of the festival is the Under 10’s Feminist Corner. This is for both young boys and girls and is described as “a catalyst for real change”.

Some of the events we are most excited for include Venus Flytrap on Friday night. This is an all femme hip hop cypher featuring women in the Brisbane Rap scene including Miss Blanks, Jesswar, Kaylah Truth, Aywin and G.Elenil. This event will celebrate and explore life from women in a male-dominated genre that objectifies women.
More info here.

On the Saturday night, you can enjoy FAN GIRLS which is a selection of songs from FANGIRLS the musical. The musical was inspired by interviews with hundreds of teenage fangirls and is the story of young women. Yve Blake is presenting the show and will talk about what a twelve year old girl taught her about womanhood and why Fangirls are her heroes.
More info here.

After FAN GIRLS, we suggest attending Femioke which is a combination of feminism and karaoke. Emceed by local Amy-Clare, the event is about women belting out feminist anthems and taking back misogynist songs.
More info here.

Although this is an event celebrating women and girls, you don’t have to identify as a women to feel welcome in this festival. You can see a list of events at the festival and find out more information about WOW Festival here and find tickets here.

What: WOW Festival
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
When: Friday 6 to Sunday 8 April
How Much: Find ticket information here.
Website: link to website

Image Credit: Atmosphere Photography.