Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2017 – Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR.
Women of the World Chester will see leading female voices from across the region discuss, debate and celebrate the theme of ambition and explore the paths to a gender equal world.
A programme of workshops, speed-mentoring sessions, panel discussions, film, exhibitions, poetry, stand-up comedy and a marketplace will form the inaugural festival line-up.
Highlight speakers include a keynote note address from the Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director and WOW founder Jude Kelly, Cheshire Woman of the Year Kate Northcott Spall, leading business woman Simone Roche, and leader of Cheshire West and Chester council Cllr Sam Dixon.
Launched by Southbank Centre in 2010, WOW is now a global movement, with international WOW festivals reaching over one million people across five continents, and growing year on year. Following a series of open Thinkins, WOW Chester has been programmed by contributors, thinkers and doers based across the region.
The festival will include panel discussions on range of subjects including women in business, women in sport, domestic abuse and childlessness; an exhibition curated by 40 artists – many from Arab and Muslim cultures; and an interactive workshop for under 10s to explore what it means to be a girl.
The festival will be rounded off with an evening of stand-up comedy. A marketplace will be hosted all weekend in Storyhouse’s mezzanine, with a range of stalls providing information, raising awareness, and showcasing work, craft and fashion.
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