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WOW Cardiff


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We are excited to be building on nearly a decade of WOW working as a conduit for change and so after 12 incredible years as Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre I have left to establish The WOW Foundation. This will exist as an independent charity working with national and international partners to build upon and further the work that WOW festivals have begun. WOW is now in over 15 countries across 5 continents. Two million women are a part of the WOW movement, which grows daily - you can see our global map of festivals on the opposite page in this programme. Men and boys are an important part of WOW - we all benefit from a gender equal world. WOW Cardiff is a festival - not a conference or a symposium - because we want to attract and celebrate women and girls from all walks of life. Despite the gravity and seriousness of the issues that hold us back, we aim to build a place of warmth, shared respect and fun. WOW Cardiff is not only the first full-scale WOW festival in Wales, but also our first bilingual festival in the UK. The incredible Charlotte Lewis and Rhiannon White have put together this programme, that brings together so many different women with so much to share.


Has there ever been a more exciting time of change for girls and women? There’s so much to celebrate and so much to improve and it needs everyone to be involved. I founded WOW - Women of the World Festivals in 2010 because I felt we needed a place to get together, to talk and discuss in a spirited, frank and inclusive way all the barriers and possible solutions to achieving a gender equal world and also create an understanding of the intersections that further divide us.

I’m looking forward to an inspiring weekend filled with celebration and debate and having conversations with lots of amazing women. Jude Kelly CBE Founder, WOW – Women of the World festival and Director, The WOW Foundation *WOW Festivals are presented by arrangement with Southbank Centre

THE WOW FOUNDATION The WOW Foundation is currently in the process of applying for charitable status. The Foundation will grow the WOW global movement towards gender equality through festivals, leadership and education programmes, advocacy and celebration.


You can find more information and sign up to hear about our festivals at

Thank you We are over the moon to share with you the programme for WOW Cardiff 2018. It’s been an incredible journey and from the beginning has been driven by the energy of women and girls from Cardiff. From Ely to St Mellons, Splott to Butetown we have been inspired and amazed by the badass women of our city. We have so much to be proud of. WOW Cardiff gives us an incredible opportunity to come together to talk about what matters to us. We have created a programme which is as rich and diverse as our city, we know that you’ll find treasures in new conversations and activities, stumbling on unexpected moments that we hope will stay with you for a long time.

WOW Schools Day

A day for secondary school students aged 13-18 to explore gender equality and celebrate their role models and the women from history who have inspired them.

You’ll find discussions exploring things like sexuality, menopause, courage, domestic abuse and race. You might don a pair of boxing gloves and fight like a girl, shake it like Beyoncé and learn ways to take care of yourself. We will hear from miners striking women, boxers, leading feminist thinkers, international record breakers, mothers, clowns, young people, survivors, international activists and scientists and many, many more. We are truly excited to be part of this festival and hope you’ll love it as much as we do. Enjoy yourselves! And soak up the infectious energy, optimism and drive that we know WOW offers. Charlotte Lewis and Rhiannon White WOW Cardiff Programmers

Led by an array of artists and speakers, students can make their voices heard through creative workshops, interactive talks, dance and music, leaving them inspired and empowered. 4

Friday 23rd November 09:30 – 15:00 Chapter Arts Centre For more information email charlotte.lewis@

Information WOW Passes

Buy a WOW pass to gain access to all the events as you pick and mix your own timetable of talks, debates and performances, be it for one day or the whole weekend. Day pass holders have a choice of activities throughout the festival. If your first choice is full due to limited capacity do not worry. We encourage you to try other sessions sometimes an unexpected second choice will be the best thing you’ll see! Day pass: £10 Concessions: £5

Free Events

While you’re here, we encourage you to explore all the free events. Whether you are a pass holder or not, you can enjoy free exhibitions and pop-up performances all weekend.


All venues are accessible. For building-related access queries, please email For a sheet of accessible events and further information, please visit the Chapter Box Office.

How to Book

 number of the A sessions will be BSL Interpreted. Look out for the access symbols in this brochure.

panels throughout the weekend, ensuring that the voices, opinions and interests of Cardiff’’s young people are represented.

This programme is also available in larger print available to download online. Please contact to request the link.

Shop, Eat and Drink

Please note that Cinema 1 has limited wheelchair capacity. If you would like to attend a particular event taking place in Cinema 1 and you are a wheelchair user, please contact the box office at Chapter to reserve your space for the particular event.

Kindness Matters is a movement of people who want to spread kindness. Like Roald Dahl, we believe kindness is the number one attribute in a human being and as a collective we think of ways of being kind to our friends, neighbours, communities and spreading kindness in the places we work, learn, shop and be. Being kind means we connect with each other and nurture compassion, which means we all care about each other a little more. Come and join us to spread the love. Kindness Matters will be at the WOW festival throughout the weekend. Find us in our T-shirts eager to show you some kindness. We’d love a chat, to give you a smile or a compliment, to share a quiet moment or to talk about how you can join the movement

WOW Volunteers

The WOW volunteers are on hand all weekend to welcome you to the festival, answer queries, offer help and share information about the festival programme. When you see them, be sure to say hello!


The WOWsers are young people aged 14-18 working together in the lead-up to the festival to create a piece of work to be showcased at WOW Cardiff 2018. They are also speaking on various Online: Box Office: (0)29 2030 4400


Chapter Arts Centre Caffi Bar is the perfect place to meet, eat and catch up with WOW friends!

Kindness Matters

In person: Chapter, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

Photo: Jon Pountney Passes grant access to all the day’s activities but please note that admittance to individual events is on a first come first served basis. A queuing system will be in operation.


Friday 23

Rachel Maclean: Spite Your Face

Pull back the gold curtain and you’re in another world! Spite Your Face, Rachel Maclean’s highly colourful, film-based fantasia, is drawn from The Adventures of Pinocchio, the Italian folktale charting the adventures of the little puppet-boy whose nose grows every time he tells a lie. Maclean’s dark reimagining is as shockingly un-Disney in its depiction of greed-induced brutality as the moment when Bambi’s mum got shot. Friday and Saturday 10:00 – 20:00 Chapter Gallery

Festival Forte & Newsoundwales: Esther + HANA2K + Eadyth + Teddy Hunter

Festival Forte and Newsoundwales present an evening with 4 incredible Welsh artists. In the past, female performers often played second fiddle to their male counterparts and women in bands were seen as something of a novelty. Times have definitely changed and women are increasingly making their mark on the music industry. This gig will feature some of the best emerging artists from Wales including renowned Cardiff DJ and Music maker Esther. 19:30 – 22:30 (14+) Seligman Theatre

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Bad Reputation

USA/2018/95mins/adv15 Dir: Kevin Kerslake Joan Jett was told “girls don’t play rock and roll” but her success with The Runaways and The Blackhearts changed the music scene forever. + panel discussion (See Chapter’s website/ brochure for further details)

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Saturday 24

Jude Kelly Keynote

Founder of WOW Festivals Jude Kelly kicks off WOW Cardiff with her keynote speech. 09:45 – 10:30 Cinema 1

Speed Mentoring

Join our speed mentoring session to share your challenges, exchange ideas and stories and potentially identify a new mentor. This is an opportunity to be mentored by experts with roles across many fields including artists, entrepreneurs, campaigners, academics, WOW speakers and more. The session is one hour. During this time you have three individual 15-minute speed mentoring sessions. To sign up to be a ‘mentee’ please email wowcardiff@ putting ‘Speed Mentoring’ in the subject field of the email. 10:45 – 11:45 and 12:00 – 13:00 First Space

Badass Women of Cardiff

Cardiff is full of badass women! Join us for a panel that shines a light on inspiring women from the present and the past. Come and hear from Dilys Price, Angela Gorman, Ffion Reynolds, Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds, Gemma Price, Sahar Al-Faifi, and Anna Hursey speak about the courage, initiative and all round badassery of these trailblazers. Be prepared to be inspired. 10:45 – 11:45 Cinema 1


It is impossible to ignore the increase in homelessness in Cardiff. According to local charity The Wallich, figures of rough sleepers rose from 12 people in Oct 2013 to 40 people in May 2018. Join our panel; co-founder of the living rent campaign Harriet Protheroe Davies, Housing & Hostel Officer Cathy Elder, Filmmaker Tracy Jenkins and Housing Lead Charlotte Waite from Public Health Wales as they reflect on this growing crisis with a special focus on how this issue affects women. 10:45 – 11:45 Seligman Theatre

Hidden Suffering: Endometriosis

According to Endometriosis UK, one in ten women suffer with the condition. With the numbers so high, why does it seem like so few truly know much about the gynecological condition? We hear from award-winning writer Sian Harries, founder of Jukebox Collective Liara Barrussi and National Theatre Wales managing director Michelle Carwardine-Palmer, as they reveal what it’s really like to live with Endometriosis. 10:45 – 11:45 Media Point

The Under 10’s Feminist Corner - Boys

Are you a young gender equality champion? Do you think girls should have the same opportunities in life as boys? If so, then we’ve got

Passes grant access to all the day’s activities but please note that admittance to individual events is on a first come first served basis. A queuing system will be in operation.


The Digital Migrant

the perfect session for you. In an interactive workshop with other young boys, you can explore gender equality, what it means to be a girl and what boys can do to support girls. 10:45 – 11:45 (for boys 8-10) Meeting Room 1

Women of Windrush

The 22nd of June 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush in the UK, carrying 492 Caribbean passengers who in 1948, accepted the invitation from the UK Government to make Britain their home. 2018 also exposed one of the biggest political scandals in recent years as the Windrush Generation, many of whom are in their 70s, are being deported or threatened with deportation, losing their jobs, and have been refused access to medical treatment. Join us in this very special panel discussion celebrating the Women of the Windrush

Is Masculinity Toxic?

as well as exploring how women have been affected and what happens next. We will be joined by some of the UK’s leading experts who will help unpick the intricacies of the scandal. Panelists include: Hilary Brown, Immigration Lawyer and Dr Roiyah Saltus, Principal Research Fellow. Chaired by Melanie Hawthorne 12:00 – 13:30 Cinema 1

Don’t Touch My Hair

For centuries, women of colour have faced prejudice and a complicated decision-making process when it comes to their hair. Do we judge black women by whether or not they straighten their hair, or embrace the natural hair movement? Is the afro still a political hairstyle? Hair is so much more than something that grows out of our heads - expect laughter, personal

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stories and questions of identity - and a chance to join in the discussion with Lula Mebrahtu (Digital Migrant) and twin sisters Hermon and Heroda Berhane founders of Being Her. 12:00 – 13:00 Seligman Theatre

Teens Talk Back

WOWsers takeover The WOWsers are the young people who’ve been working to create the WOW festival, so come and take part as they; explore the big questions and curiosities that matter to the youth of Cardiff today. Join the conversation as they share their visions and quests for a brighter future. If you care about young people, be there! 12:00 – 13:00 Media Point


Self Care Saturday with Rebecca May

This session will focus on aspects of Yoga to create a healthier relationship with our bodies and minds, look at tools to help reconnect us to our sense of self and choice over our own bodies. We will focus on women’s health issues and well being through all age ranges, backgrounds, body types and states of ‘wellness’.There will be no hands on adjustments, no need for prior experience of Yoga and no gymnastics! 12:00 – 13:00 The Common Room

The Under 10’s Feminist Corner - Girls

Are you a budding young feminist? Feminism isn’t just for grown-ups and teenagers. If you think girls should have the same opportunities in life as boys, we’ve got the perfect session for you. In an interactive workshop with other young feminists, you can explore what being a girl means and get tips on how to start a campaign from your bedroom. 12:00 – 13:00 (for girls 8-10) Meeting Room 1

Jukebox Collective

One of the leading dance companies in the UK, Cardiff’s own Jukebox Collective showcase their amazing young women taking the dance world by storm! 13:00 – 13:30 Caffi Bar

Call It by Its Name

From ‘Honour Killings’ to ‘#MeToo’ our panel discuss the influence of language used to describe violence against women. Join Violence Against Women lead Shabana Kausar, Hayaat Trust founder Zainab Nur, Magdalene Kimani from local charity BAWSO, Shahien Taj from the Henna Foundation and Gwendolyn Sterk from Welsh Women’s Aid as they explore the power of words. 13:30 – 15:00 First Space

Fight Like a Girl

Join Boxing Pretty founder and coach Gemma Price for an introduction to boxing. Jab, punch, duck, dive and feel fearless with one of Cardiff’s finest boxing coaches. 13:30 – 14:30 (All abilities; age 10+) The Common Room

The Digital Migrant: Lula Mebrahtu

Sub-Saharan Eritrean by way of London, Lula is a creative enigma, who is carving out a career for herself as a multidisciplinary artist. An unconventional thinker using technology as her enabler, Lula is breaking through ‘the norm’ and liberating artistic expression as a sensory experience. Using her voice to uncover truth and facilitate transcendence, Lula sings about a lived experience of the past, present and future. Her soulful tromba, which carries the weight of her heritage, enables intergalactic travel. With the support of cutting edge technology, MiMu Gloves, she makes levitation through sound waves possible. 13:30 – 14:30 Seligman Theatre

Is Masculinity Toxic? Meet the HERstorians

Wales is rich with historical sites and museums, but have you ever spoken to any of the curators and experts behind the scenes? And did you know so many of them are women? Prepare to be inspired by a HERstory lesson like no other- from learning about the deadly females of the animal kingdom to the fearless Welsh women at the centre of the Suffrage movement, this interactive installation will leave you excited to make your own history. 13:15 – 16:00 Meeting Room 1

In 2017 Merriam Webster named ‘Feminism’ its word of the year. With activism and energy growing around the movement, we hear from men at the heart of our city as they reflect on questions such as what makes a man? The panel will explore ways in which men can be helpful allies in the fight for gender equality and look at how tackling the toxic aspects of masculinity can benefit everyone. Hosted by educator and academic Dr Tamsin Preece, speakers include: rapper Benjii Kendell from Astroid Boys, writer Patrick Jones, community organiser Ali Abdi, director of Disability

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Don’t touch my Hair - Hermon & Heroda Berhane

Clowns Without Borders

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Arts Cymru Brychan Tudor and Theatre maker and Under 10’s Feminist Corner workshop leader, Justin Cliffe. 13:30 – 15:00 Media Point

Codi Llais

Join musician Gwenno Saunders as she reflects on living and working in contemporary Wales with Sara Huws, co-founder of East End Women’s Museum and musician Kizzy Crawford. Inspired by the book CodiLlais which was written by 14 different women from Wales, they share their own personal experiences of being a feminist in this country, and how the book has celebrated the many role models we have to be proud of. 14:00 – 15:00 Cinema 1

The Power of Voice

Join Sian Evans formerly of Kosheen on an inspiring journey to liberate your voice. Her aim is to help singers find their own voice, develop a personal relationship with that voice & to help them grow in confidence & develop an individual style. This workshop is designed to

empower - everyone welcome, no singing experience necessary. Guaranteed to be magic! 14:45 – 15:45 The Common Room

Queen C*nt: Sacred or Profane with post show discussion

“Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians…” Come and see us do all of this – and more! Venus is about to collide with Earth! A multi-character melange of opinion paints the stage rainbow coloured, sequined, hairy and fleshy pink. Blending music, comedy, drag, movement, dance, buffoon and the grotesque, Queen C**t sees all power to the feminine, the wrathful, the sensual! In an age of Harvey Weinsteins, where passing trends compel some to surgical operation, where mainstream porn has hijacked sensuality, we delve into the wild waters of our womanhood, reclaiming the body in a joyful, dark and often anarchic exploration.

Queen C*nt: Sacren or Profane

Trigger Warning: This show explores issues surrounding consent, assault and pornography. 15:00 – 17:00 Seligman Theatre

WOW Bites

Come to WOW Bites for short talks, performances and soap box moments. Speakers include: Sarah Simons on how her friend’s home first sparked her drive towards feminism, award-winning comedian Yuriko Kotani, and founder of Ripple, Sophie Rae who ran a tireless online campaign to make sure the zero waste shop in Cardiff would be a reality. 15:00 – 16:00 Cinema Foyer FREE EVENT

I Will Survive

A panel of extraordinary women share their stories of survival. Hear from our awe inspiring panel who between them have experienced domestic abuse, death threats, forced migration, nuclear disaster, addiction and cancer and come out the other side. Panelists include Mitsuko Sonoda, Ailsa Jenkins, Meena Khan and Charlotte Rooks, chaired by Nicola Reynolds 15:30 – 17:00 Media Point

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On the Shoulders of Giants Working class women are the stronghold of society – they create and weave together the fabric of every community. In tough times Wales has seen women embed themselves deep within movements, the linchpins, the leaders. Here in Wales we stand on the shoulders of giants. Join Michael Sheen as he talks with those at the heart of the Miners’ Strike

and the Save Our Steel Campaign, as they share stories of how women came together to join these momentous movements. From hundreds of daily food parcels to arrests on the pickets, we hear from these women who shook their traditional roles to become politicised and fearless for a fight that challenged both communities to the core.

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Panelists include Michael Sheen, former MP Sian James Miners Strike, Leanne Wood AM, Gary Keogh (Community Union) and Sian James (campaigner SOS) 15:30 – 17:00 Cinema 1


Nothing About Us Without Us

Universal Credit, Brexit and Austerity has put a mounting strain on disability services and access. In an age of increasing financial and political instability, we invite our panel to reflect on these current issues, whilst sharing how their ingenuity and artistry has provided a powerful platform for self-expression. Speakers include twin lifestyle bloggers Hermon and Heroda Berhane, performer Karina Jones, Disability Arts Cymru’s Sara Beer and campaigner Rosy MoriartySimmonds OBE. 15:30 – 17:00 First Space

Cornelia Baltes

Cornelia Baltes’ brightly coloured paintings combine simplicity with humour and playfulness. In the Caffi Bar, Baltes has created giant cartoon-like hands, fingers and arms that dangle from glass ceilings, protrude around walls and clasp each other in handshakes.


Gallery Talk

Interested in finding out a little bit more about the Rachael Maclean exhibition? Then why not join us for an informal guided tour! Our Talk at 4 is a great way to delve a little deeper into Rachel’s critically acclaimed, acerbic work. No need to book. Just come to the gallery and join in the conversation! 16:00 FREE EVENT

Popelei Theatre - 100 years (a work in progress)

Set in the grassy plains of the Venezuelan llanos, 100 Years follows five generations of first born daughters in one Venezuelan bloodline. With every daughter born, each named Isabela, a brand new life unfolds across a century of turbulent political change. A bold celebration of the magical realism of the Latin American family. Inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s landmark novel, Popelei Theatre, the creators of award-winning play ‘Manuelita’ return with passionate physical storytelling and comedy alongside live traditional music. 16:00 – 17:00 The Common Room

How Making Banners Led Me to Making a Museum

Sara Huws is a maker, activist and facilitator. When the Jack the Ripper Museum opened in London in 2015, she established the East End Women’s Museum as an act of positive, sustainable protest. Find out how the museum has developed from a single tweet to London’s first purpose-built women’s history museum. 16:15 – 17:00 Meeting Room 1

TuWezeshe Akina Dada: Africa/UK Young Women’s Empowering Movement Discussion Group

If we want to see a world where women and girls’ rights are human rights, and where women are empowered and supported to live freely, to contribute to their community and to fight against gender inequality in Africa and Wales then we must first set out our action plan together - sharing our thoughts and ideas for how this might be achieved. Join the TuWezeshe Akina Dada discussion group to learn more about the UK/Africa movement to empower women and girls. 17:00 – 19:00 The Cwtch FREE EVENT

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Codi Llais

Popelei Theatre: One Hundered Minutes of Solitude

How Making Banners Led me to making a Museum

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Sian Evans: Acoustic Gig We are delighted to announce that the charttopping, multi platinum selling, singer-songwriter, Sian Evans will be performing a one-off very special intimate & acoustic show. Sian will be accompanied by her wonderful song writing partner, Ron McElroy on guitar. Her live performances have always been delivered with her unique ability to convey every lyric to each and every member of her audience with flawless vocals, charismatic charm and boundless enthusiasm. Don’t miss your opportunity to see and hear her incredible voice up close and personal. 17:30 – 18:30 Caffi Bar FREE EVENT

Margaret and The Tapeworm

Join Triongl for a glass of sherry, a mince pie and a heart-warming tale of tinsel and tapeworms. An uninvited guest lurking at the office buffet brings surprising consequences for love-lorn Margaret and determinedly festive Amber. As the trio collide we discover that, person or parasite, no-one wants to be alone at Christmas. Triongl is a company of three women dedicated to producing original theatre

with humour and social relevance. Triongl are associate artists on the Peilot Programme at Chapter. 19:30 Seligman Theatre

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UK/2017/82mins/PG Dir: Paul Sng An exploration of the failures that have led to a shortage of social housing in Britain.


UK/2014/117mins/15 Dir: Matthew Warchus With: Imelda Staunton, Paddy Costantine Based on a true story, we discover how LGB campaigners joined striking miners in solidarity in 1884 See Chapter’s website/ brochure for further details

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Sunday 25

Views on the News

Start your WOW Cardiff day by getting the low-down on the weekend headlines and what they mean for women and girls with WOW Festival founder and Director of the WOW Foundation Jude Kelly and Future Generations Commissioner Sophie Howe. 10:00 – 11:00 Cinema 1

The Beautiful Art of Clowning

Join Clare Parry-Jones professional clown and Shaman in a short, playful introduction to the paradox of being human. This workshop will include challenging ourselves to see and be seen and opening up to connection and laughter. In all our complexity and vulnerability lies the potential for beauty and ridiculousness. We will explore this path through the art of clowning. The space will be held with a sense of play and curiosity, adventure and potential. 10:00 – 11:30 First Space

‘This is ME!’: Storytelling workshop

Do you have a passion for telling stories? If so, come join the “This is ME!” story circle, a creative, friendly safe space to share your own unique tale. Learn new writing games and exercises from artist Sherral Morris as you rediscover the joy and fun at the heart of this age-old tradition. 10:00 – 11:30 (age 16+) Meeting Room 1

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“Finding your Bliss”: An Introductory Talk

Transcendental Meditation is an effortless technique that recharges the mind and body. One of the most scientifically researched meditations in the world, the effects not only reduce stress and anxiety, thereby improving health, but give solace and peace to many through challenging periods of their lives. Hear more from teacher Helen Evans on how you can book to learn TM in Cardiff and find your bliss. 10:15 – 11:30 The Common Room

Quick Fix Tips for your Bike

Learn new or develop existing skills to fix common bicycle-related problems including punctures and broken chains with the help of the I Want to Ride My Bike cafe team. Please do not bring your bike along, we’ll have a demonstration bike for you to patch up! 10:30 – 12:30 Cinema Foyer FREE EVENT

Turn’d Up Fitness: Beyoncé

Turn’d Up is way more than a fitness class. It’s about teaching women to feel powerful and confident about their bodies. It’s about good energy, good vibes and amazing tunes. Join us this Sunday morning, and leave feeling like you can run the world! 11:00 – 12:00 Seligman Theatre


Your Own Personal Heatwave

Hot flushes, mood-swings, loss of libido...the menopause has a bad reputation. But is the second half of a woman’s life necessarily something to fear? Join BBC Wales presenter Lucy Owen and members of the Only Menopause Allowed choir for a frank and fun conversation on this ‘hot’ topic. 11:00 – 12:00 Media Point

Official Women of Wonder Welcome Ceremony: Clowns Without Borders

See in Sunday with an ‘Official Women of Wonder Welcome’ ceremony. Clowns Without Borders is based on sharing joy and human connection. Taking these themes as inspiration, this pop-up will treat individuals to their own, joyful, welcome committee… expect appreciation, sincerity and (biodegradable) confetti (not scary clowns!). 11:30 – 12:00 Caffi Bar – FREE EVENT

Empowering Muslim Women

in conversation The Henna Foundation was founded by Shahien Taj OBE to provide culturally aware services to Muslim women and families at risk of violence. Hear Shahien discuss the importance of black and ethnic minority specific services within Wales, and how they can empower women and break cycles of abuse. 12:00 – 13:00 Meeting Room 1

Empathy, Power and Play: A Clowns Without Borders Workshop

This workshop will be a creative and practical exploration of the glorious potential of play and its ability to create meaningful human connections, inspire change and subvert hierarchy. Participants will be invited to take part in a series of theatre and clown games that inspire creativity and compassion. We fully expect this session to provide a joyful antidote to our inner-perfectionist! This workshop is for adults (18+) and all abilities are welcome, no drama/theatre skills required, just an open mind and willingness to take part. Clowns Without Borders is a registered UK charity whose mission is to use laughter to alleviate the suffering of children affected by war, natural disaster or crisis. Through their performances and workshops they directly acknowledge children’s need for emotional support, respite and reassurance at the very worst of times. This month, they are creating moments of joy for Rohingya children across the refugee camps of Bangladesh. 12:00 – 13:30 The Common Room


Wales is the first country in the world to include LGBT materials in its revised sex education and has one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the UK each

year, but what is it really like to be part of the LGBTQIA+ community in Wales? How does Wales support and empower you if you identify as LGBTQIA+ and must it strive to do more? LGBT Historian and Writer Norena Shopland hosts a discussion with Glitter Cymru’s Shash Appan, activist Shroukie elMasry and Ysgol Plasmawr pupil Lucas Froud.

12:30 – 13:30 Media Point

Taking Compassion Seriously: A Trauma Informed Society

No one is immune to the impact of trauma. Trauma affects individual, families, and communities by disrupting healthy development, adversely affecting relationships, and contributing to mental health issues including substance abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse. Hear from Laura Tranter Community Engagement Lead for Cymru Well Wales, Director and Founder of Clowns Without Borders Samantha Holdsworth, Theatre Practitioner Jane Boon and wellbeing practitioner Rebecca May as they discuss ways in which services and society can work to become more trauma informed. 12:30 – 14:00 First Space

GIG: HMS Morris

HMS Morris are an artrock group from Wales. Initially they formed as a side

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project of Heledd Watkins (previously bassist with Emmy the Great, Paper Aeroplanes, Chloe Howl) but soon gained a name, and an identity all of their own, when an enormous golden disco-galleon began to haunt the dreams of each of the three members in turn. “With an undercurrent of post-punk edginess, the band toy with colliding synthesisers and cooing vocals and still manage to create something cohesive and alluring” (Clunk). Their newest album ‘Inspirational Talks’ was released on Bubblewrap earlier this year. 12:30 – 13:30 Seligman Theatre

Just B

Watch out for pop up performances from the the winners of judges choice at Just B showcase hosted by Wales Street dance Federation. These talented dancers will blow your mind.

how they make their voices heard and their work seen. Speakers include: Visual Artist Adeola Deme, Theatre Director Adele Thomas and Composer Sarah Lianne Lewis.

13:30 – 14:30 Meeting Room 1

A Woman’s Work: Emotional Labour

Women work hard don’t they? Come join us for a discussion on gender equality and the expectation of women in the workplace and at home. We’ll be joined by the feminist thinker and founder of International Wages for Housework Campaign Selma James and local community organiser and full time mothers Chantelle Williams & Beverley White as they discuss the many roles women are expected to play and how valuing emotional labour could lead to a cultural revolution. 14:00 – 15:30 The Common Room

13:00 – 13:30 Caffi Bar FREE EVENT

Women in the Arts

From Kully Thiarai at National Theatre Wales to Karen Mackinnon at Artes Mundi Wales is leading the way when it comes to the appointment of women in senior arts positions. Is the visibility of these women at the top having an impact on who is choosing to pursue arts based careers and which routes they take? Join us in hearing from some of Wales’ artists at they talk about their own journeys and

GIG: Rachel K Collier

Rachel K Collier is a one-woman electronic production machine and die-hard Ableton enthusiast, known for using a multiinstrument technical setup to enable her to perform her song-focused, highenergy studio productions in a live setting. Performing on stage together with live percussionist and interactive visuals, Collier has built and refined her live show throughout 2017 and 2018 gaining significant recognition in the UK, completing a ninedate debut tour, playing for BBC Introducing at SXSW, and performing at Radio 1 Biggest Weekend in Swansea.

14:00 – 15:00 Seligman Theatre

Sexual Exploitation

In 2018 Fiona Broadfoot won a 20 year struggle, campaigning for victims of the sex trade to be cleared of their convictions when looking for work. Hear from Fiona, Founder/ CEO Build

HMS Morris

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A Girl Project, Yasmin Khan the National Advisor for Violence Against Women and Eleri Butler, CEO of Welsh Women’s Aid as they discuss the growing problem of sexual exploitation. 14:00 – 16:00 Media Point

Dancing Queer: Shroukie El-Masry

What’s that? Belly dancers should have long hair and shave their legs and underarms? Well, not this one! Originally from the capital of Belly Dancing, Egypt, this hairy, bearded, pierced and tattooed queer dancer will give you a very authentic performance with a twist. 14:30 – 15:00 Caffi Bar – FREE EVENT

Recognising the Signs: Domestic Abuse Workshop

The behaviours at the root of domestic violence are often still misconstrued leaving victims to bare the bulk of the judgement and shame. Join Shabana Kasaur, Violence Against Women & Girls Tri-Borough Strategic lead (London), as she leads a workshop that explores the red flags and signs of violent behaviour. 14:30 – 17:00 First Space

Women Stand Together: Grenfell & Aberfan In this panel discussion, WOW Cardiff welcomes survivors and leaders of relief and justice efforts following the Aberfan and

Grenfell Tower disasters. On the 21st October 1966 in Aberfan a colliery spoil tip collapsed engulfing a primary school and 20 houses. 144 people, mostly children, lost their lives. Aberfan lost an entire generation that day. June 2017, nearly 51 years later, a devastating fire tore through Grenfell tower claiming the lives of 71 people and rendering hundreds of families homeless and traumatized. For many of the survivors of these events, the tragedy is as present as if it were yesterday. The similarities between Aberfan and Grenfell are striking. In the immediate aftermath of both of these devastating events, members of the community leapt into action to set up and lead relief efforts in response. Many of these community members were women. Women continue to lead many of the campaigning groups in the ongoing fight for justice. WOW brings together a panel of speakers of women from both Aberfan and Grenfell to talk about ways in which women are continuing the fight for justice. Panelists include: Denise Morgan MBE, Retired Headteacher Gaynor Madgewick, Author Lucy Masoud, London Firefighter Yvette Williams MBE, Justice 4 Grenfell. Chaired by Jude Kelly, CBE, Founder of WOW festivals.

GIG: LayFullStop

LayFullStop is a female hip-hop / soul artist from Manchester, by way of Birmingham, and has been performing on stages alongside well established collectives Cul Dè Sac and Roots Raddix. LayFullStop has managed to build a cult following since the release of her solo tracks ‘Ying Yang’ and ‘Aura’ on YouTube in 2016. Lay’s style is an authentic mix of nostalgic soul and UK hiphop, at times singing in the sweetest of tones, whilst still being able to unleash ferocious bars with such seamlessness, neither style is compromised. Complete with individual eccentricity, this headstrong, fun-loving introvert is letting her music do the talking. LayFullStop is definitely one to watch. 15:30 – 16:30 Seligman Theatre

NTW Panel This is: Women’s Work

Join National Theatre Wales’ Artistic Director Kully Thiarai as she leads an open conversation with inspirational women in Wales, and launches the company’s new opportunity for female artists. 15:00 – 16:00 Meeting Room 1

14:30 – 17:00 Cinema 1

Passes grant access to all the day’s activities but please note that admittance to individual events is on a first come first served basis. A queuing system will be in operation.


Creative Resistance Join Jude Kelly in conversation with artists leading the way in creating work with activism at its heart. From poets to filmmakers, photographers to musicians, we’ll be

looking at how artists can influence change and create solidarity across the world. Artists include Minyung Im, Aleksandra Bilic & Lis Fields and Cian Ciaran.

13:00 – 14:30 Cinema 1

Minyung Im – Lullabies

Aleksandra Bilic – Sounds of Tehran

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Charlotte Church in Conversation with Jude Kelly Fresh from guest editing BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour we welcome musician and fervent social justice advocate Charlotte Church

in conversation with WOW Festivals Founder Jude Kelly as they explore issues around gender equality with a special focus on education.


11:30 – 12:30 Cinema 1

Dancing Queer: Shroukie El-Masry

Only Menopause Allowed: Pop Up

Enjoy a performance from a female choir open to all who identify as women irrespective of their singing ability. They provide opportunities to improve in a supportive and friendly environment - having masses of fun along the way! 15:30 – 16:00 Caffi Bar FREE EVENT

Jude Kelly Closes WOW Cardiff 2018

WOW founder Jude Kelly gives a round-up of the weekend and talks about what’s next for WOW globally. 16:30 – 17:00 Cinema 1

Your Own Personal Heatwave

Sex Cafe

Join our sex cafe discussion group for a frank and relaxed conversation exploring questions like: do people see the disability before the person? Do young people really watch more pornography than ever? Does being HIV positive come with particular challenges when starting a new relationship? Hear from: Wayne Curley from Terrence Higgins Trust, Performer and Disability Rights Campaigner Karina Jones and Sex and Relationships Educator and Consultant Dr Tamse Preece as they shed light on this taboo topic. 17:00 – 19:00 The Cwtch FREE EVENT








I Am Not a Witch

Wales/2017/90mins/12A Dir: Rungano Nyoni With: Maggie Mulubwa Eight year old Shula is accused of witchcraft in her Zambian village. A deadpan tale of dogma, prejudice and corruption. See Chapter’s website/ brochure for further details




Spirit of 2012 is a funding charity, established by the Big Lottery Fund with a £47m endowment from the National Lottery. Spirit funds projects that bring people together – to learn something new, do something different, or experience something unique – and that leave behind a social legacy of increased wellbeing at an individual level, as well as happier and more connected communities. Find out more via @spiritof2012

WOW Spirit has delivered nine WOW festivals in five cities across the UK over the last three years three years (one in 2016, three in 2017 and five in 2018). It is a Southbank Centre initiative funded by Spirit of 2012. WOW Spirit has targeted areas where a lack of cultural infrastructure and limited access to resources and restricted opportunities for female leaders are barriers to community cohesion Each festival has been based on ideas raised at a series of planning sessions called ‘thinkins’. Everyone can come to these to share their ideas and suggestions and make sure that WOW looks at important local issues. Building new festivals across the UK allows women, men, girls and boys (including some of the most marginalised voices in society) to get actively involved in their local communities. As programmers, volunteers and participants, they can help create a fairer, happier society.


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