NEWS: #WOWFestival returns to @TheCentre #Cardiff

WOMEN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL RETURNS TO WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE

Friday 20 – Saturday 21 March 2015

Following the success of last year’s festival, Wales Millennium Centre teams up with Southbank Centre once again to present WOW (Women of the World) Caerdydd – a festival of free performances, workshops, a market place, networking opportunities and talks on various topics. Established to promote equality for women and girls, WOW festival celebrates achievements while also exploring the obstacles women and girls still face in the UK and across the world.

Taking place at Wales Millennium Centre on the 20 & 21 March 2015, WOW Caerdydd will offer a varied programme of free events for all ages from Speed Mentoring to Self Defence, jewellery and clothing making to a ‘Be Your Own Superhero’ workshop. Covering a wide range of topics including the arts, health, race, clothing, craft and many more, the festival seeks to bring together women and men to think about and discuss how they are making the world a fairer place and why this matters.

While Friday 20 March is largely a schools focused day of workshops, talks, a WOW market and inspiring speed mentoring sessions aimed at developing young people, activities on Saturday 21 March are open to all.

Speed Mentoring

A highlight of the day, the speed mentoring session will offer participants the opportunity to speak to professional women across a wide range of fields, from theatre directing to science. Participants will have the chance to speak to six mentors on topics of their choice, gain insight into various industries and tap in to the expertise of the mentors to help overcome professional challenges.

Workshops

Un-wind in mindfulness and yoga workshops, learn some self-defence, drop in to the ‘knit and knatter’ session or visit the Milipwts Den with the kids and join in with the arts and crafts sessions. Returning to WOW Caerdydd this year with a jewellery and clothing workshop is South Wales based clothing company Zolibeau, who regularly offer workshops in the community on recycling and up-cycling clothing alongside developing their own clothing label, which they will be taking to London Fashion Week for the first time this year.

WOW Market

The WOW market will be open all day on the 20 & 21 March with stall holders ranging from manicurists, masseuses, craft & DIY experts to charities supporting and providing opportunities for women. The market will provide a perfect opportunity to meet inspiring female artists, entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

Free Performances

Free performances will take place on the Glanfa Stage throughout the festival including a fashion show from local ethical clothing company Zolibeau and other local designers.

Man to Man

Performances of the Wales Millennium Centre production Man to Man will also take place across the festival. Forced to adopt the identity of her dead husband in order to survive in Nazi Germany, Ella is plunged into a masculine world where she teeters fearfully on the brink of discovery. An incredible journey through the history of Germany throughout the 20th century, Man to Man presents a story of survival and of identity crisis, questioning what is it to be a man and to be a woman.

Artistic Director at Wales Millennium Centre, Graeme Farrow, has said: ‘The need to continue to improve equality for women and girls still needs to be recognised. As the Southbank Centre has been proving for the last four years, WOW festival is a fantastic way to do this and I’m extremely pleased that the Centre has been able to link up with the Southbank Centre’s flagship event for the second year running to present our own WOW Caerdydd. Once again, this year’s festival is free, open to all and will offer something for everyone, men and women, girls and boys.’

Since launching at the Southbank Centre in 2011, WOW festival has grown into a global festival, taking place in cities including Baltimore, USA and Sydney, Australia as part of the Sydney Writers Festival. In 2013 the first WOW festival in the UK outside of London took place in Derry-Londonderry as part of the City of Culture, followed by the first WOW Caerdydd in 2014, along with WOW Cambridge.

WOW Caerdydd takes place on 20 & 21 March 2015 at Wales Millennium Centre. For more information, including timings for events, visit www.wmc.org.uk/wow

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