First Minister to open women’s WOW festival
The Women of the World festival takes place next month. Pic: Fraser Band Photography Perth is proud to be the launchpad for WOW Women of the World - in Scotland, which has its Scottish debut festival in the Fair City on October 27.
The festival, one of nine new WOWs across the UK, is taking place to mark the centenary of female suffrage in 2018.
Over the three-day event in Perth, prominent activists, speakers, business women, artists, broadcasters and campaigners including Kirsty Wark, Lesley Riddoch and author Halina Rifai - will celebrate and recognise the achievements of women and girls. They will highlight the challenges they face and discuss possible solutions and action.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, will be the WOW Perth opening speaker, talking about gender equality and women who’ve inspired her.
Her talk will be followed by questions from the WOWsers, a group of Big County young volunteers aged 15-18.
Local names taking part include Rachel Weiss, founder of Perth’s first Menopause café, storyteller Claire Hewitt and Aberfeldy-based writer and playwright, Linda Cracknell.
In the Under 10 Feminists Corner, girls and boys aged 6 – 10 are invited to an interactive workshop which explores what being a girl means and how to start campaigning for equal rights.
The jam-packed festival weekend includes talks and debates from top speakers, music, dance, theatre, performance, poetry and comedy as well as wide-ranging workshops and activities ranging from morning song to yoga, and speed mentoring to skateboarding.
WOW is now the largest women’s festival movement in the world and Perth is the first Scottish city to host one of these festival here in 2017 and again in 2018.
Launched in 2011 in London, WOW Festivals have engaged and inspired more than one million women across five continents.
WOW Perth festival programmer Lou Brodie, said: “Over the past months I have met amazing local women from Perth and Kinross and brilliant women from a variety of Scotland’s dynamic communities.
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