Join a WOW – Women of the World Festival Thinkin in April

March 16, 2017 by Perthshire Creates

Interested in helping shape Perth’s WOW – Women of the World Festival at a series of ‘Thinkins’?  You can by attending one of their planned Thinkins’ on various dates across the area in April.

Part of the programme of events planned to celebrate the reopening of the transformed Perth Theatre, WOW – Women of the World Perth takes place from 27 to 29 October in partnership with Southbank Centre in London. Founded by Southbank Centre in 2010, WOW  is now the world’s largest festival network of its kind, reaching over a million people in 15 cities across five continents. Each WOW  festival – made up of talks, debates, music, activism, comedy, workshops, mentoring, pop ups and major concerts – celebrates women and girls, takes a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential, raises awareness globally of the issues they face and discusses possible solutions.  WOW Perth is the first WOW festival to take place in Scotland and is one of nine WOW festivals being produced in the UK between 2016 and 2018 with support from Spirit of 2012.

People of all ages – and gender – are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas about what WOW Perth should look like and include during the Thinkin planning sessions. The Thinkins take place on:

Thu 27 April: 10.30am – 12.30pm & 7pm – 9pm I Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall

Fri 28 April: 10am – 12noon I Birnam Arts Centre

Sat 29 April: 10.30am – 12.30pm I Loch Leven Community Campus, Kinross

Founder of WOW festival, Southbank Centre Artistic Director, Jude Kelly CBE, will attend the evening Thinkin in Perth Concert Hall and the morning session at Birnam Arts, said:

Events of the past year have shown that, despite great strides by the feminist movement, the world still speaks a largely male language. More than ever, we must keep up the fight for gender equality and look at the far-reaching implications of the current political climate on our women and girls – from the localised to the global.

The global network of WOW festivals provides an important platform for women and girls to discuss the issues they’re facing, as well as celebrating everything they’ve achieved, and we’re excited to welcome the women and girls, and the men and boys, of Perth and Kinross to be part of this conversation at WOW Perth.

WOW Perth 2017 Programmer Louise Brodie said:

It is an absolute privilege to be programming Scotland’s first WOW – Women of The World festival in collaboration with Horsecross Arts. Perth Theatre is an historic venue in Scotland’s cultural landscape and I can’t wait to talk with the local community about how Perth’s WOW festival can become an important part of that rich heritage.

I hope to collaborate with everyone from Perth and Kinross who would like to get involved in creating a dynamic and ambitious cultural programme of performances and speakers that offers a space for us to celebrate our local women, be inspired by others and debate the issues that are important to us and our future.

If you want further information and info on how to sign up for one of the Thinkin sessions, e-mail wowperth@southbankcentre.co.uk with ‘Thinkin’ in the subject heading of the email.

WOW – Women of the World Festival Perth takes place in Perth Theatre from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October. Further information will be available from www.horsecross.co.uk as details emerge.