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Women of the World announce headliners for London Festival 2022

WOW – Women of the World has announced the headliners for its London Festival 2022, which returns to the Southbank Center from March 11-13, supported by Bloomberg, to mark International Women’s Day. Led by founder Jude Kelly, the London edition of the world’s largest and most comprehensive festival celebrating women, girls and non-binary people is back in person after some of the toughest years in recent history for gender equality.

Bernardine Evaristo – credit Suki Dhana.

On March 13, world-renowned academic Professor Angela Y. Davis joins the San Francisco Live Festival in a unique special event to celebrate the highly anticipated republication of her flamboyant autobiography – An Autobiography – nearly 50 years since his creation. first publication. In an evening with black feminist writer and researcher, Lola Olufemi, featuring music, poetry and a Q&A with the audience, Angela will reflect on the power of sisterhood and self- political organization, and what a life of resistance taught him about the struggles we face today. Angela Davis – A Lifetime of Resistance cast to be announced.

Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo and special guests – including Hannah Azieb Pool, Barbara Blake, Judith Bryan, Jacqueline Roy and Nicola Williams – travel back in time rediscovering lost and hard-to-find works about black Britain and the diaspora, by black women writers on March 13. Through conversations and readings from Evaristo and guests – including some of the authors themselves – the event explores the stories these extraordinary books tell. Since 2019, Evaristo has curated the Black Britain: Writing Back series for Penguin, adding new titles each year.

Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose D’or and South Bank Sky Arts Award winner Bridget Christie presents her brand new show Who Am I? to WOW. Her one minute laughter show about menopause will air on Saturday, March 12.

Comedian and author Natalie Haynes will celebrate the remarkable women at the center of ancient Greek myth on March 13. Among the world’s most important historical building blocks, deeply embedded in our culture and histories, are the myths that permeate much of modern life. Historically, in our stories, women have been painted as sexual objects, vengeful or simply evil. Haynes’ revisionist exploration reclaims many of these stories – from the chaos that unleashed Pandora who was no villain to the Greeks, would-be warmonger Helen, to the nuanced stories of Medea and Phaedra. Natalie Haynes is the author of six books. Most recently Pandora’s Jar: Women and the Greek Myths (2020) and A Thousand Ships, which was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020. She wrote and recorded six series of Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics for BBC Radio 4 .

On March 11, Grace Victory (How to Calm It), award-winning digital debut, and Candice Brathwaite, Sunday Times bestselling author and founder of Make Motherhood Diverse (I Am Not Your Baby Mother and Sista Sister), share how they developed their career to encompass writing, fashion, presenting and inspiring others on their journey to motherhood. They speak to Black Ballad founder Tobi Oredein and will also touch on causes close to their hearts such as the mental health and maternal mortality rates of black women in Britain, and Grace’s own experiences in building a relationship with her baby as she recovered from life. – Threatening complications of Covid.

Tickets for the newly announced events will go on sale February 10 and 11.

The 2022 London Festival also sees the return of WOW Sounds. WOW’s first ever music program dedicated to revolutionary women, non-binary musicians and spoken word artists who use music as a form of activism – from violence against women to climate justice to positivity body and the refugee crisis.

WOW welcomes British artist Miss Baby Sol (the first ever WOW Sounds Artist in Residence) for an exclusive concert with her full live band in the Clore Ballroom on March 11th. Bringing positive energy, uplifting messages and an eclectic musical style, Baby will appear throughout the WOW Festival weekend. This free Friday night concert is your chance to hear her perform critically acclaimed tracks alongside new songs written especially for WOW, inspired by the festival’s themes. His residency WOW Sounds is supported by PRS For Music Foundation.

On March 13, there will be a special free concert featuring an exclusive selection of WOW Sounds acts, including Nadia Javed and Breakup Haircut, hosted by Miss Baby Sol.

Indonesian Muslim rock band Voice of Baceprot (VOB) will be WOW’s first-ever digital artist-in-residence. The band formed in 2014 when they started using music to raise awareness about the lack of education for girls in their communities. As part of their digital residency, supported by the British Council, the acclaimed group will create new work and music videos on gender equality to perform at the online festival.

The guests announced today join previously announced can’t-miss events featuring co-founder and former executive director of Black Lives Matter, and TIME 100 Most Influential Person Patrisse Cullors; an afternoon with author and host Elizabeth Day of the podcast phenomenon How to Fail; bestselling writers Lisa Taddeo and Pandora Sykes in conversation about what happens when we’re pushed to the brink; international bestselling author Marian Keyes discussing Again, Rachel, her long-awaited sequel to Rachel’s Holiday; award-winning Somali-British poet and activist and famous collaborator of Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Black Is King Warsan Shire, who will launch her long-awaited debut poetry book Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head; Guilty Feminist host Deborah Frances-White with some of her most personal “I’m a feminist but…” confession; writer, poet and activist, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan launches her new book, Tangled in Terror: Uprooting Islamophobia; The Urgent Conversation, a panel on the most pressing gender equality issues – with a timely program and panel to be confirmed just before the weekend; Lucy Kirkwood’s scorching, timely piece of Maryland and a riotous festival finisher from Figs in Wigs – Little Wimmin – a brilliantly satirical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic.

WOW London 2022 will see the return of many other WOW favourites, including the free-to-explore WOW Marketplace and the sold-out Under 10’s Feminist Corners, which invite children to explore equality and find out what life is like for their peers at worldwide.

The festival day program, final events and a digital program accessible worldwide will be announced in the coming weeks.

Run by UK charity The WOW Foundation, 2022 is the 12th WOW London Festival. In 2018, WOW founder Jude Kelly built on the success of the festival to create a UK-based charity, The WOW Foundation, to lead the global WOW movement which believes that an equal world between gender is urgently needed, possible and desirable. Since the first London Festival in 2011, WOW and its partners around the world have reached over three million people at over 100 festivals and events on six continents. You can get inspired by listening here to the second series of the WOW podcast, which celebrates the achievements of women and girls and takes a candid look at the obstacles that stand in their way. Other recent events include Taiwan’s first-ever November WOW Festival, WOW Kaohsiung, and Shameless! Festival of Actvism Against Sexual Violence in London, a festival co-produced by WOW and Birckbeck University London’s SHaME project to address the global crisis of sexual violence.

Details of more WOW 2022 festivals around the world, including the return of WOW Virtual Pakistan in March and the first-ever WOW Rotherham, will be announced shortly.

The WOW Foundation is proudly supported by its Global Founding Partner Bloomberg and Global Partner Mastercard. WOW London 2022 is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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WOW London 2022
March 11 – 13, Southbank Center
Under 10’s Feminist Corners (FULL)
Sat 10:30 a.m. for girls 6-7 years old
Sat 1:30 p.m. for girls ages 8 to 10
Sat 4:30 p.m. for boys ages 8 to 10

WOW Quick Mentoring
Friday March 11
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., free but paid
Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall (BSL)
Friday at WOW
Friday March 12
2pm-5pm, £18 / £25
Royal Festival Hall (BSL and subtitles)

Lisa Taddeo and Pandora Sykes in conversation
Friday March 11
6.30pm, £25
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Patrisse Cullors: an abolitionist journey
Friday March 11
7pm-8pm, £10, £18, £28, £38
Royal Festival Hall (BSL and subtitles)

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan: Tangled in Terror
Friday March 11
8.30-10pm, £10
Purcell Hall at Queen Elizabeth Hall (BSL)

WOW Sounds presents Miss Baby Sol
Friday March 11
8:30-9:30 p.m., Free
Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall

Grace Victory and Candice Brathwaite at WOW
Friday March 11
9pm-10.30pm, £10/£20
Queen Elizabeth Hall (BSL)

Saturday at WOW
Saturday March 13
2pm-5pm, £18 / £25
Royal Festival Hall (BSL and subtitles)

Marian Keyes at WOW: Again, Rachel
Saturday March 12
6-7.30pm, £25
Queen Elizabeth Hall (BSL and subtitles)

The urgent conversation
Saturday March 12
6.15-7.45pm, £10
Purcell Hall at Queen Elizabeth Hall (BSL)

Bridget Christie at WOW: Who Am I?
Saturday March 12
7.30-9.30pm, £10, £18, £28, £38
Royal Hall of Festivals

Warsan County at WOW: Bless the Daughter
Saturday March 12
8.30-10pm, £25
Queen Elizabeth Hall (BSL)

Deborah Frances-White stands up to WOW
Saturday March 12
9-10.30pm, £22
Purcell Hall at Queen Elizabeth Hall (BSL)

Sunday at WOW – Women & Power
Sunday March 13
11am-2pm, £12 / £20
Royal Hall of Festivals

Maryland at WOW
Sunday March 13
2-3.30pm, £15
Queen Elizabeth Hall

WOW strikes the hour
Sunday March 13
2 p.m.-3 p.m., Free
Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall
Sunday afternoon with Elizabeth Day at WOW
Sunday March 13
4-5.30pm, £18, £28, £38
Royal Festival Hall (BSL and STT)

Bernardine Evaristo – Black Britain: Rewriting
Sunday March 13
4-5.30pm, £15
Purcell Hall at Queen Elizabeth Hall (BSL)

Angela Davis: A Life of Resistance
Sunday March 13
7pm-8.30pm, £10, £20, £30
Queen Elizabeth Hall (BSL and subtitles)

Little Wimin
Sunday March 13
7-9pm, £25
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Natalie Haynes in Conversation: Women in Greek Myth
Sunday March 13
7-8.30pm, £22
Purcell Hall at Queen Elizabeth Hall (BSL)