Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World festival

International Women’s Day!

Wednesday, March 7th to Sunday, March 11th,

WC meetup Sunday, March 11th, 6 pm

Southbank’s “WOW” festival started in 2011 and this year will run from Wednesday, March 7th to Sunday, March 11th, 10 am to 11 pm with a focus on the critical issue of why gender equality is taking so long. For a full range of events click here.

There are tickets still available online to several of the evening events. Friday/Saturday/Sunday day passes are sold out but you can check with the box office for returns and some events will be open. There will be an on-going market in the Royal Festival Hall with stalls for organizations raising awareness, developing creative ideas and offering products for sale.

I’m just sorry to be travelling on Friday, March 9th since the “No More” event that evening has a great group of guest speakers. I am going on Sunday for Sandi Toksvig’s event at 7:30 pm. Tickets are still available online. If you would like to come that evening, I would love to meetup for a bite to eat around 6 pm at the Archduke restaurant, under the arches just south of the Royal Festival Hall, 1 Mepham Street, SE1 8RL. Do let me know and I’ll reserve a place!

Hope to see you!
Carol Moore


Two of the weekend evening events:

“No More”

Part of WOW – Women of the World
Friday, March 9th, 9 pm, Royal Festival Hall 25,

WOW London brings together women on the front line of global movements who are transforming the future by demanding ‘No More’.

No more violence.
No more harassment.
No more silence.

The #BlackLivesMatter movement continues to mobilise activists from across the world to protest against continuing violence towards people of colour. The Women’s March on Washington in 2017 was close to being the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history, with a worldwide participation estimated at five million. And in the same year, women have openly come forward to unravel historic sexual assault allegations sweeping Hollywood, Westminster, and almost every sector, artform and industry globally.

In the centenary of women’s suffrage, where some women got the right to vote after a long campaign of direct action, come and hear what’s next for these global campaigns.

Special guests include:

Patrisse Khan-Cullors – co-founder of Black Lives Matter. An artist, organiser, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, California, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and an NAACP History Maker.

Laura Bates – pioneering feminist, activist and author of books including Everyday Sexism and Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism. Sharing the often ignored acts of sexism, Laura has been exposing the startling truth behind sexism since she started the Everyday Sexism Project in 2012.

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu – lawyer and founder of Women in Leadership publication, which she established to further promote the cause for equality and diversity. She is also an activist for women’s rights and one of the organisers of the Women’s March London.

Nidhi Goyal – Mumbai-based activist, trainer, and comedian advocating for disability rights and gender justice. She is visually impaired and uses humour to challenge existing notions around disability, gender and sexuality. Nidhi is currently participating in a Civil Society Advisory Group to the UN Women initiative.

Sandi Toksvig’s Mirth Control: Arts over Tit

Part of WOW – Women of the World,
Sunday, March 11th, 7:30 pm, Royal Festival Hall,

£15-40, w/concessions

Prepare to laugh in a raucous night of comedy and music inspired and performed by great women, hosted by Sandi Toksvig.

This annual WOW highlight is a fun-filled evening where Sandi takes inspiration from pioneering women who made iconic and empowering music for their generation and those that followed.

Featuring Josette Bushell-Mingo with extracts from her show Nina: A Story About Me and Nina Simone, performing the iconic musician and activist’s music, along with Alice Russell and Zara McFarlane.

Plus the WOW Orchestra led by guest conductor Alice Farnham, Voicelab

Choir led by Jessie Maryon Davies and more to be announced.

Please let Carol Moore know if you are joining her for dinner and the event or either at

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