PBN Members Invited To Help Shape WOW Perth 2018

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WOW Women of the World festival is returning to Perth this September as Scotland’s only WOW Festival and you, our PBN members, are invited to come and contribute to what you would like to see on the festival programme.

WOW Thinkins are open planning sessions for WOW Perth that anyone can attend. Taking place across Perthshire and Kinross on the 20th, 21st and 24th March they are an opportunity to contribute to WOW and share your ideas about what WOW Perth should be about and include. The ideas contributed at the Thinkins will become part of the planning process for WOW Perth which takes place from 28th – 30th September 2018 in Perth Theatre.

WOW Perth 2017

Last year’s inaugural festival celebrated the stories of women not just from Perth and Kinross but from all across Scotland and beyond. From the joy of hearing about Elaine Hopley’s ocean rowing expedition, debating how and why we need to change the script on violence against women, empowering workshops for the under 10’s, teenage girls interviewing Scotland’s first female First Minister to throwing shapes on our intergenerational dance party WOW Perth 2018 is a weekend you don’t want to miss.

WOW Perth’s festival programmer, Lou Brodie, is excited about the 2018 weekend and hopes that as many local people as possible come along to the Thinkins to get involved in creating this year’s programme.

“After the amazing success of last year’s festival here in Perth we’re really excited to get going with the 2018 event. The WOW Thinkins are a great chance for women – and men – to come together and to share ideas on what they think is important to them, what they think should be included over the weekend, and basically to just play a part at the grassroots level of this great festival.”

WOW Thinkins will be held in Perth, Aberfeldy and Kinross next month offering people the chance to come along to one of the two-hour sessions and share their ideas on the types of subjects they’d like to see covered in this year’s weekend-long celebration of women and girls. Whether it’s a specific issue, or perhaps a suggestion on a potential speaker at the festival, the WOW team are keen to get the thoughts of the people of Perthshire and Kinross to help them shape the 2018 programme.

Perth City: Perth Theatre, Tuesday 20th March between 10:30 – 12:30 and 18:30 – 20:30
Aberfeldy: Birks Cinema, Wednesday 21st March between 18:30 – 20:30
Kinross: Loch Leven Community Campus, Saturday 24th March between 11:00 – 13:00.

To attend a WOW Thinkin session on one of the dates, you can register your place via the Eventbrite website: Perth Theatre Thinkin – morning session | Perth Theatre Thinkin – evening session | Aberfeldy Thinkin | Kinross Thinkin

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre and founder of WOW said: “It’s been an amazing and startling year for gender equality and the WOW Perth 2018 festival gives us an opportunity to celebrate women and girls everywhere. We would love everyone, from all generations, to join the dialogue, come along to a Thinkin and make our 2018 weekend another special event!”

Perth is one of five cities in the UK to receive funding from independent funding body Spirit of 2012 to create new WOW festivals this year, in celebration of the centenary of female suffrage in the UK.

“One of Spirit’s goals for 2018 is to empower, inspire and engage young women and girls to improve their wellbeing, enhance gender equality, and develop social cohesion,” said Spirit of 2012 Chief Executive Debbie Lye. “We are immensely proud to fund five of WOW’s regional UK festivals, and can’t wait to see what ideas the Perth Thinkins generate for this year’s event.”

All venues are wheelchair accessible but should you have any additional requirements, contact Lou Brodie at wowperth@southbankcentre.co.uk.

WOW Perth will also provide education and participation opportunities in the lead up to the festival. These include a Volunteer Programme for ten volunteers aged 18 and over, a training programme that will equip them with skills to be part of the festival delivery team.   The WOWsers Programme will see ten young people aged 15-18 collectively develop a project that will be showcased at the festival in September. Both opportunities are open to everyone regardless of experience and details will be announced soon. Please check the WOW Perth Facebook page regularly or email wowperth@southbankcentre.co.uk to request to receive information about these training programmes when they are launched.

About WOW – Women of the World

Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World festival is a global festival movement launched by Jude Kelly CBE in London in 2010 (with the first festival in March 2011) that celebrates women and girls, and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential. To date, WOW has reached nearly two million people worldwide and this number is growing year on year. 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. Each festival across the world – made up of talks, debates, music, activism, mentoring, pop ups and performance – celebrates women and girls, takes a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential, and raises awareness globally of the issues they face and possible solutions. It reaches girls and women, boys and men from a broad range of social backgrounds and supplies a completely different sense of action and energy than a conventional conference approach. Speakers have included Malala Yousafzai, Christine Lagarde, Salma Hayek, Annie Lennox, Gordon Brown, Julie Walters, Patrick Stewart and many more including hundreds of women and men who don’t have public profiles but are working everyday to achieve gender equality. wow.southbankcentre.co.uk


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