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Women of the World (WOW) Festival

6 April - 8 April

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Over four evenings and three days during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (GC2018), women from Australia and across the Commonwealth of Nations will unite at the Brisbane Powerhouse for a landmark edition of the global movement WOW (Women of the World) Festival for WOW at Festival 2018.

The Festival will be an energetic three days of 100 events including discussions and debates, performances, speed mentoring, markets, a healing space and WOW’s Under 10’s Feminist Corner for boys and girls, all celebrating female achievements as well as highlighting the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their potential. 

WOW Festival Highlights

WOW at Festival 2018 will feature artists from the far corners of the Commonwealth, including performances of theatre, circus, cabaret, stand-up comedy, and spellbinding dance as part of a packed long weekend of culture and entertainment.

  • Hot Brown Honey – Hot Brown Honey will make you laugh until you cry and shake every part of what your mama gave you. With lighting, music and costumes set to ignite the change we want to be, Hot Brown Honey is an extraordinary production that spins tradition on its head, going above and beyond to challenge boundaries and embrace resilience.

  • Up Late – Venus Flytrap – Featuring a who’s who of Brisbane rap queens: Miss Blanks, Jesswar, Kaylah Truth, Aywin and G.Elenil; The Venus Fly Trap is an all femme hip-hop cypher curated by visual artist and DJ, Hannah Brontë. This up-late show will celebrate and explore life from very distinct perspectives of young non-binary, lesbian, trans and black women reclaiming their space in a male-dominated genre that objectifies women.

  • Ghosts of a Goddess: Vulcana Women’s Circus – An all-women circus troupe will perform an exhilarating vertical performance on the front wall of the Brisbane Powerhouse at dusk, abseiling and dancing in harnesses. Be enthralled as the ghosts fly, swing, and sail across the towering brick facade.

  • VEIQIA21 – VEIQIA was the custom commonly bestowed on young Fijian women coming of age – the process involves the traditional tattooing of women, celebrating and acknowledging the initial stages of a young girl undergoing physical changes before entering womanhood. The contemporary dance piece will reflect the once forgotten ritualistic aspects that held utmost importance in the lives of Fijian women and focus on how proudly celebrated menstruation was for young women then, and how unnecessarily stigmatised it is in today’s society.

  • Songs That Made Me – In the closing event of the Festival, Australian stars Clare Bowditch, Deborah Conway, Emily Wurramara and Hannah Macklin will join with some of the greatest voices from across the Commonwealth, including Fiji’s “Queen of Pop” Laisa Lualala Vulakoro and ShoShona Kish from award-winning Canadian duo Digging Roots, to celebrate women in music.

  • Fan Girls – Award-winning theatre maker Yve Blake will present a selection of songs as part of a brand-new musical inspired by interviews with hundreds of teenage fangirls – best described as a ‘Beyonce Concert meets Rave meets Church’.

  • Thoda Dyhaan Se (Be Careful) – A satirical work that challenges the notions of “security” and “safety” in Indian culture, the performance confronts the sad bond between the way women dress and the atrocities committed against them. With irony and lightness, but also precision and a provocative spirit, sole performer from Delhi, Mallika Taneja faces her audience and offers them a text denouncing the hypocrisy.

  • Femioke – Take the shackles off your feet so you can dance because Oops!…we did it again, and FEMIOKE is back! A space for all feminist identifiers, especially young women and non-gender identifying individuals, come pick up the mic and sing your favourite feminist anthems.

WOW Festival Speakers

  • Dame Quentin Bryce AD
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO
  • the first Sri Lankan to climb Mount Everest Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala
  • founding chair of Our Watch and former leader of the Australian Democrats Natasha Stott Despoja AM

They will join forces to explore hard-hitting issues faced by women and girls across the world such as economic security, health and well-being, leadership, climate change and web safety.

A massive arts and cultural program will showcase Queensland, First Nations and international artists in exhibitions and performances including rap, theatre, circus, cabaret, dance, stand-up comedy, karaoke and the Indian Sitar.

Tickets for WOW at Festival 2018 are sold as one-day passes ($100), two-day passes ($180) or three-day passes ($250) and admit visitors to all daytime events and are available alongside tickets for individual events. Visit the WOW website to explore the full program, speaker and performer profiles.

About the WOW at Festival

What: WOW at Festival 2018

When: Friday 6 to Sunday 8 April 2018

Where: Brisbane Powerhouse

Tickets: On sale through Ticketek, click here for more information


6 April
8 April
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