British Council and Southbank Center's present "WOW Women of the World Festival Kathmandu". WOW Kathmandu is happening for the first time on 18 February 2017 at the Nepal Administrative Staff College, Lalitpur. The festival will be convened by Jude Kelly CBE, founder of WOW and Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, in partnership with the British Council and local curators. It is a one day festival and starts at 11:00 AM and runs until 8:00 PM and is free and open to everyone.
Venue:Nepal Administrative Staff College, Jwalakhel
Date and Time: 18 February, 2017; 11 am to 8 pm
What is WOW?
WOW is a festival that celebrates women and girls and takes 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.
The festival is made up of Talks, WOW Bites, a Marketplace, Performances from across the arts, Workshops, Speed Mentoring and more! The local curators are: Hamro Chahana Nepal, Institute of Professional Development, Eleven 11 and Fair Trade Group Nepal.
Background- WOW festival
WOW launched in 2010 at London’s Southbank Centre, and was founded by Jude Kelly CBE, Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director. 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. With the HRH Duchess of Cornwall as President, Southbank Centre is now planning a WOW Commonwealth festival at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 with all 53 nations.
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 programme details
Detailed programme on all sections of the festival (Talks, Bites, Market place, Workshops, Performances, Speed Mentoring ) and Profiles of all the contributors can be downloaded from - www.britishcouncil.org.np
The programme features speakers from across South Asia including from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India.