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Women of the World Festival F U L L P R O G R A M M E 2 0 18 S AT 17 – S U N 18 N O V E M B E R


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Equality. If not now, WHY?

If you’ve been to WOW Bradford before, you’ll know it is a festival - not a conference or a symposium, so that we can 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. Over the past 3 years the WOW Bradford teams have shown us the urgent need to respond to the ambition and identity of women all over Bradford. The brilliant WOW Bradford Programmer Saliha Rubani and her team have put together this programme, that brings together so many different people with so much to share. This very same weekend as WOW Bradford, the first ever WOW Rio de Janeiro is also taking place. Both festivals will be filled with celebration and conversation - and I’m so excited about the solutions we can build together.

Jude Kelly CBE Founder, WOW - Women of the World Festivals Director, The WOW Foundation *WOW Festivals are presented by arrangement with Southbank Centre



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 Jude Kelly CBE achieving a gender equal world and also create an understanding of the intersections that further divide us.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. Men and boys are an important part of WOW - we all benefit from a gender equal world.

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 thewowfoundation.com

Thank you What an amazing year Bradford has had, with Common Wealth’s Radical Acts taking place over the city to mark the centenary of some women getting the vote, The Brick Box hosting the Bubble Up Festival, Speakers Corner establishing itself in its second year, to a new co-operative opening in the form of Bread + Roses - reclaiming empty shops and putting them back into the hands of Bradford people. We Bradfordians are fiercely resilient, rebellious and open to change, and I’ve seen this throughout the two years I’ve worked on WOW Bradford. We’re all so determined to counteract the negativity surrounding Bradford by creating a city for our young people that is worth having pride in and one that showcases how fun, mad and creative we are. WOW Bradford is hugely dependent on the support of a committed team that work to make a Festival that is owned by the people of this city. Special thanks to Evie Manning and Sasha Bhat who have facilitated the WOWser and Volunteer Programmes, Jack Lynch for Audience Development and Chapel Street Studio for their ongoing marketing support. A huge thank you to our WOWsers and WOW Volunteers who have committed their time and brought so much positive energy to the months leading up to the festival. Planning this year’s festival has seemed like a celebration in itself with the support and kindness of local organisations, communities and individuals during the ‘Thinkins’. The programme is very much shaped by all those women and men who have taken the time to have a chat, share ideas and get involved, and this is the beauty of WOW Bradford… it belongs to us all!

Saliha Rubani WOW Bradford Programmer WOW Spirit has delivered nine WOW festivals in five cities across the UK over the last 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.


Festival Information Book tickets


Day pass: £8

WOW Bradford will take place in:

Concession pass: £6 £1 P&P for tickets posted out (no charge for collection from box office)

Online bradford-theatres.co.uk £1.50 per ticket transaction fee

Phone 01274 432 000 £1 booking fee

In person Bradford Theatres The Alhambra Theatre Morley Street Bradford BD7 1AJ £1 booking fee

Festival Box Office Kala Sangam Arts Centre St Peter’s House 1 Forster Square Bradford, BD1 4TY Saturday 17th November 8:00 – 17:30 HRS Sunday 18th November 9:00 – 17:30 HRS £1 booking fee

Keep up to date

Kala Sangam Arts Centre St Peter’s House 1 Forster Square Bradford BD1 4TY Tel: 01274 303340 Kala Sangam is directly opposite the Marks and Spencer entrance to Broadway.

Bradford Cathedral Stott Hill Bradford BD1 4EH Tel: 01274 777720

Conversation Cafe Some sessions lead on to further conversations and questions. If you’re not quite ready to move on to another session and want to share thoughts and experiences in a smaller environment then head over to Meeting Room 3 where panelists and audience members will meet over snacks and tea. Hosted by Sonia Sandhu. Only available straight after sessions indicated in the programme.


@WOW_Bradford @WOWtweetUK WOWBradford womenoftheworldfestival @WOWbradford @WOWglobal

Access Kala Sangam is accessible to people with disabilities. We are delighted to offer BSL Interpretation at events across the festival. A number of the sessions will be British Sign Language interpreted, please look out for access symbols in this brochure for details. For building-related access queries, please contact the venue. Please email wowbradford@ southbankcentre.co.uk if there are any sessions in particular that you would like to be BSL interpreted or if you have any other access queries. British Sign Language interpreted

Please note that we do our best to accommodate your requests depending on interpreter availability.

Saturday 17

WOW Morning dance A chance to loosen up and get ready for the weekend’s events by joining in with this high energy dance class led by Keneisha Cooke of Divas2Gether. All ages and abilities welcome. 9am – 10am Indus, Kala Sangam

Badass Women of Bradford Bradford has always been full of incredible women. Come and hear Drama Teacher and Poet Kirsty Taylor; Allerton Councillor Bev Mulaney; and Jodie Champaneria, Poet and student of Human Rights Law, talk about the courage, initiative, intelligence, willpower and all around badassery of some of Bradford’s greatest foremothers. Be prepared to be inspired. Chaired by Eleanor Barrett of arts organisation The Brick Box. British Sign Language interpreted

10.15am – 11.15am Bradford Cathedral

Environmental Racism & Classism Environmental racism means that black people in Britain are 28%* more likely to be exposed to air pollution than their white counterparts. Low income communities are disproportionately affected by policies and practices which directly affect their local communities. Hear Natasha Nkonde from Black Lives Matter UK and Julie Longden of Hope Rising bring into focus how class issues intersect with race and environmental justice. 11.45am – 12.45pm Bradford Cathedral CONVERSATION CAFE

Heroes Of The Imagination

Workshop Come, imagine and create your superhero alter ego at Heroes of the Imagination. Touretteshero is landing at WOW Bradford for a series of interactive and incredible superherothemed activities including mask making, cape creating and the power and moves station. Accessible and inclusive activities for disabled and non-disabled children, and their adult sidekicks! BSL, Chill Out space and a Social Story. Delivered by Jess Thom and Matthew Pountney of Touretteshero. British Sign Language interpreted

11.45am – 12.45pm Indus, Kala Sangam * Imperial College London Research 2015


Makeup & me In a Beauty industry worth £346 billion, women are presented with the opportunity to get a slice of the pie. From beauty bloggers to makeup entrepreneurs, hear how women are claiming the right to wear or not wear makeup without the input of men in their decision to do so. Also hear about cultural taboos associated with women that wear makeup and how the millennial generation is choosing to navigate their own way through the makeup minefield. Speakers Include: Kat Pemberton, a YouTube makeup vlogger and Madeyah Khan of Speakers Corner. 11.45am – 12.45pm Ganges, Kala Sangam

Bigger Than Hip Hop

Workshop Shay D will be using spoken word and rap to explore women in Hip Hop and discuss stigmas, stereotypes and issues surrounding the genre over time. The workshop will encourage confidence building, lyric writing and performance techniques where participants can share back their creations.

Womb Activation

Workshop Cultural shaming and the disempowerment of women has seen the innate power of the womb space lost for far too long. As we reclaim the womb, we reclaim our voices, our power and our place on this glorious planet. This creative, ceremonial immersion intends to fire up your femininity, deepen your relationship with yourself and your body, inspire you and hold space for the sisterhood that emerges when women sit together. The session will open with a cleansing of the space followed by elements of guided meditation, reiki and a voluntary sharing. Open to all women, including those who identify as women or non-binary. Led by Jyoti Imix, Tess Connor, Jules Rimer and Maaike DeHann. 11.45am – 12.45pm Workshop Room 4, Kala Sangam

11.45am – 12.45pm Workshop Room 5, Kala Sangam


Women’s Football in the West Bank

Screening of ‘We Will Share Your Story’ Republica Internationale (Leeds) and the Easton Cowgirls (Bristol) football teams share their documentary film made about their recent tour of the West Bank, Palestine. The film follows the players as they travelled to Palestine in October 2017, playing football against teams in Hebron, Bethlehem and Ramallah, and witnessing the daily realities of life in the West Bank. This short film follows on from Harriet Hoare’s feature length film - ‘Balls, Barriers and Bulldozers’ (2014) which documented the teams’ first tour to the West Bank. The screening will be followed by an in conversation with some of the players. 11.45am – 12.45pm Clocktower, Kala Sangam

Women of Colour

The Fight for Justice The past 12 months have seen many women-led campaigns for justice against state and institutional violence, including Justice4Grenfell, and the 120 women on hunger strike at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre protesting against their treatment. Come and hear why women, and in particular women of colour, are disproportionately affected by institutional failures and where the campaigns stand now. Speakers include: Penny Wangari-Jones from Racial Justice Network; Former NUS President and activist Malia Bouattia and Head of commissioning at NHS Bradford Sasha Bhat. Chaired by journalist Aina Khan. British Sign Language interpreted

1.15pm – 2.15pm Bradford Catherdral

Being A Man In just one generation, many age-old ideas about women have been swept aside but what do these changes have to do with men? Join a panel of men in discussing their personal journeys to understanding feminism, their role in gender equality and why it would be better for everyone. Speakers include: Jordan Stephens, member of pop group Rizzle Kicks and supporter of women’s rights, and spoken word artist and member of Speakers’ Corner Haris Ahmed. Chaired by Yasmin Khan, Director of Staying Put UK. 1.15pm – 2.15pm Ganges, Kala Sangam CONVERSATION CAFE


Dance Class Kookie Kulture will take you through a series of Afro dance moves to warm up your body and get you into feeling the groove. Learn the moves as a group with a kick ass performance to end, adding your own flavour. Featuring loud music and fierceness! No experience necessary come as you are. 1.15pm – 2.15pm Indus, Kala Sangam


Arranged Marriages

Sharing Experiences An open and moving dialogue with South Asian women from Womenzone Community Centre who have experienced arranged marriages of every kind. Hear women sharing experiences of the beauty and challenges of having a partner chosen by family members. 1.15pm – 2.15pm Meeting Room 5, Kala Sangam WOMENZONE LED SHARING

WOW Choir Workshop Come and celebrate diversity through the power of song by joining the WOW Choir! This singing workshop is open to all, no matter what your abilities, and will be followed by a performance in the Foyer during the break. Led by the Bradford Friendship Choir, a singing collective that focus on welcoming and supporting refugees and people seeking asylum, as well as celebrating our diversity through the power of song. 1.15pm – 2.15pm Meeting Room 4, Kala Sangam

AfroFusion Dance Class Kookie Kulture

Being A Man Jordan Stephens


Under 10’s Feminist Corner Feminism isn’t just for grown-ups or teenagers. Are you a budding young feminist? Do you think girls should have the same opportunities in life as boys? If so, we’ve got the perfect session for you. Join other young feminists for an interactive workshop led by Nabeelah Hafeez, exploring what being a girl means, and get tips on how to start a campaign in your bedroom.

International Activism

I Am Perfect As Me

What can UK-based activists learn from their international sisters? Leading international change-makers join forces as they speak about how to turn local activism into global solidarity.

At a time when image and identity is ‘everything’ and we are bombarded by impossible ideals of lifestyle and beauty, young people can feel isolated. This triggered a group of WOWsers to set up the campaign #iamperfectasme to encourage young people to look at how to stay true to our authentic selves by looking at themes such as body positivity, mental well-being and family relationships.

Speakers include: Furaha Mussanzi from the Congo Campaign and Black Lives Matter UK’s Natasha Nkonde. Chaired by journalist and writer Rahila Gupta.

1.15pm – 2.15pm Clocktower, Kala Sangam

2.45pm – 3.45pm Bradford Cathedral

Story Time


Be a Super Shero Join expert storyteller Rachel McMahon for an hour of empowering stories and interactive activities for 2-6 year olds. Come with your little one(s) and enjoy some tales of empowerment. 1.15pm – 2.15pm Café Area, Kala Sangam

Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriages, Child Sexual Exploitation - all are the result of women and girls being controlled. Come and hear personal stories of those who have broken free of the the grasp of Control, and discuss whether women are disproportionately affected by loss of personal agency. Speakers Include: FGM survivor and Activist Leyla Hussein; forced marriage campaigner Jasvinder Sanghera and Silke Grygier Child Sexual Abuse survivor. Chaired by Selina Ullah, Chair at Muslim Women’s Council. British Sign Language interpreted

2.45pm – 3.45pm Ganges, Kala Sangam


Speakers Include: Mehmoona Pervaz, Mariyah Kayat, Madeyah Khan and Iram Rehman all activists from Speakers’ Corner. 2.45pm – 3.45pm Indus, Kala Sangam

I’m Bradford Baby, Til I Die! Create a media circus with The Brick Box Ladies and make news as we co-produce a hard-hitting, no-punches-pulled, smash ‘n’ grab, ram-raider of a vlog about our favourite city. During this event we’ll take back control of the mainstream media narrative about Bradford and then unleash it on the world. 2.45pm – 3.45pm Meeting Room 5, Kala Sangam

Heroes Of The Imagination Workshop James Lyndsay


Café Area, Kala Sangam

Indus, Kala Sangam

Clocktower, Kala Sangam

Meeting Room 4, Kala Sangam

WOW Morning Dance

9am – 10am 10.15am – 11.15am 11.45am – 12.45pm

Heroes Of The Imagination Workshop

Women’s Football in the West Bank Screening

Womb Activation Workshop

1.15pm – 2.15pm

Story Time: Be a Super Shero

AfroFusion Dance Class

Under 10s Feminist Corner

WOW Choir Workshop

2.45pm – 3.45pm

Kids Drawing Class

I Am Perfect As Me

Building Unity Workshop


Café Area, Kala Sangam

Indus, Kala Sangam

Clocktower, Kala Sangam

Meeting Room 4, Kala Sangam

Mothers Of Colour

Who Cares? Emotional Labour

Squeaky Cheese Cooking Class

4.15pm – 5.15pm

7pm - Late

8pm – Late

10.15am – 11.15am 11.45am – 12.45pm

1.15pm – 2.15pm

Story Time

WOW Bites

Mother Of The House Of Ghetto Voguing Workshop

Islamophobia Causes and Cures

2.45pm – 3.45pm

Kids Drawing Class

Fight Of The Working Class

Routes Speed Mentoring

Arabic Theatre Workshop

4.15pm – 5.15pm


Ganges, Kala Sangam

Bradford Cathedral

The Brick Box Rooms

Badass Women of Bradford Bigger Than Hip Hop Workshop

Makeup & Me

Environmental Racism & Classism

Arranged Marriages: Sharing Experiences

Being A Man

Women of Colour: The Fight for Justice

I’m Bradford Baby, Til I Die!


International Activism Conversation with Munroe Bergdorf

Kate Tempest The Brick Box After Party

Meeting Room 5, Kala Sangam

Ganges, Kala Sangam Views On The News

Desi Lesbians Where are you?

Listening Through The Decades

Everyday Activism

Domestic Violence Everyone’s Problem

Teens Talk Back

Passports & Privilege Women Who’ve Won


Saturday Sunday

Meeting Room 5, Kala Sangam

WOW FM Director and co-founder of BCB - Bradford Community Radio, Mary Dowson, hosts a one-hour radio special live from WOW. Come and listen - you might even end up being interviewed live on air. 2.45pm – 3.45pm Meeting Room 4, Kala Sangam

Building Unity

Workshop Be part of a unified movement for change by taking a closer look at how we have been divided through such classifications as race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, age and disability. Learn more about how we can do this without leaving anyone behind. Delivered by Hope Rising Activists Julie Longden and Sarah Dawson. 2.45pm – 3.45pm Clocktower, Kala Sangam

Conversation with Munroe Bergdorf Familiar for her refreshingly honest insight into ‘white privilege’, diversity and the LGBT+ community, join Model and Activist Munroe Bergdorf in conversation with Author and Historian Emma Dabiri. An icon in an age of increasing social awareness, Bergdorf regularly appears on national and international news to comment on race, diversity, gender and LGBTQ+ topics and uses her profile to empower individuals to fight for positive change. Hear Munroe talk about her Channel 4 film - ‘What Makes A Woman’, where she examines the changing world of gender and identity in today’s society, as she becomes both author and subject. British Sign Language interpreted

4.15pm – 5.15pm Bradford Cathedral

Kids Drawing Class

Workshop Nurture imaginations and discover new techniques in this drawing class for children aged 6-10 years old. Led by Artist Lou Sumray. 2.45pm – 3.45pm Café Area, Kala Sangam

The Brick Box After-Party Join the renowned Brick Box Ladies for the official WOW Bradford after-party in their city centre arts space. The all-female line-up includes DJs, performances and installations. Good vibes, good drinks, all welcome. 8pm – Late The Brick Box Rooms 21-25 Ivegate, BD1 1SQ


Kate Tempest WOW Bradford presents a special live showcase featuring new work in progress from Kate Tempest and producer Dan Carey. Kate is a playwright, poet, novelist and spoken word artist who has received two Mercury Music Prize nominations for the albums Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos. Doors open at 7pm Ganges, Kala Sangam This event is not included in the day pass. Tickets sold separately at £12 plus £1 booking fee.

Munroe Bergdorf

Kate Tempest


Sunday 18

WOW Views On The News Dive into today’s headlines with CEO of Bradford Council Kersten England; Journalist Aina Khan, Writer and former Look North Presenter Saima Mir. Join them as they discuss what the headlines mean for gender equality and talk about dealing with the press. British Sign Language interpreted

10.15am – 11.15am Ganges, Kala Sangam

Listening Through The Decades The fight for equality is one that is being led by every generation of women... there is so much commonality and so many lessons to be learnt by all. Join this intergenerational group of women and girls aged 10 to 80 as they share their wisdom and recount moments of resistance in their fight for equality. Let us learn from one another and celebrate the achievements of our sisters. Speakers include: 8 women, one representing each decade. Chaired by Iram Rehman of Speakers Corner. 11.45am – 12.45pm Ganges, Kala Sangam


Mothers Of Colour When is the right time to tell your black daughter about the double whammy of racism and sexism, or your son about police brutality? How do you parent against Islamophobia or avoid becoming the black ‘supermum’? This panel discusses the challenges, and joys of mothering while black. Speakers Include: Emma Dabiri; Keneisha Cooke-Weir; Noreen Khan. Chaired by Nuzhat Ali. British Sign Language interpreted

11.45am – 12.45pm Indus, Kala Sangam CONVERSATION CAFE

Desi Lesbians Where are you? What are the reasons behind the lack of visible, out, lesbian and bi South Asian women? Hosted by Gaysians; an alliance of South Asian LGBT+ organisations, charities, and activists in the UK. Speakers Include: Reeta Loi, DIVA Columnist, musician and CEO of Gaysians; Norrina Rashid, Practitioner at Bradford East Youth Service; writer and activist Afshan Lodhi. Chaired by Vegan Chef Sonia Sandhu. 11.45am – 12.45pm Workshop Room 5, Kala Sangam

Squeaky Cheese Cooking Class Razan Alsous


Squeaky Cheese

Cooking Class Join Razan Alsous, founder of Yorkshire Dama Cheese demonstrating recipes using her award winning Squeaky Cheese. She will be joined by Dina Mousawi co author of cookbook Syria: Recipes From Home and local women from BIASAN who will share stories of cooking with mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. 11.45am – 12.45pm Meeting Room 4, Kala Sangam

Who Cares? Emotional Labour Why is it that caregiving often falls to women, be it motherhood, running the household, caring for a family member or elderly parent? Is it an unspoken expectation imposed by society that women have adapted to? Can and should women ever resign from this ‘worry work’? Come and join this networking and sharing of experiences facilitated by Huma Malik. 11.45am – 12.45pm Clocktower, Kala Sangam

Domestic Violence

Everyone’s Problem Two women a week in Britain die at the hands of their partners*. Join survivors and domestic abuse change-makers for a frank discussion on the facts, the issues and what the real face of ‘intimate terrorism’ looks like. This begins with a short performance by Dance United’s survivors group. Hosted by Sally Deane of Bradford Women’s Aid. British Sign Language interpreted

1.15am – 2.15pm Ganges, Kala Sangam CONVERSATION CAFE

WOW Bites WOW Bites are short talks, performances, readings and soapbox moments delivered by all sorts of women with amazing stories. Four speakers cover a wide range of subjects from the serious to the very frivolous. Facilitated by Munaza Kulsoom, founder of Bradical, a zine created by and for BAME creatives. 1.15pm – 2.15pm Indus, Kala Sangam

* Office for National Statistics - 2016 Compendium


Everyday Activism TAKE BACK THE POWER! Do you want to make change? Want to learn about campaigning? Then join Campaign Bootcamp’s practical and interactive workshop to discuss what issues are important to you, what their root causes are and how to campaign against them. How does change happen? Who is on our side and who do we need to convince? Their approach centres on understanding that marginalised peoples’ voices need to be heard in order for meaningful change to happen. Led by Sue Balcomb of Campaign Bootcamp. 1.15pm – 2.15pm Meeting Room 5, Kala Sangam

Islamophobia Causes and Cures An increase in Islamophobic attacks, amid the rise of the far-right, have been seen in the UK, parts of Europe and North America. The victims of this rise are mostly women - Tell Mamas 2017 Annual Report found that 60% of all Islamophobic attacks were against women with 80% of perpetrators being men. This workshop aims to look at the causes and cures of Islamophobia and how as a bystander you can support victims of this hate crime. Led by MEND Bradford (Muslim Engagement and Development) volunteers Sharleen Shaha and Hiba Mukhtar. 1.15pm – 2.15pm Workshop Room 4, Kala Sangam

Mother Of The House Of Ghetto

Voguing Workshop Join dancer Darren Pritchard of House of Ghetto lead a workshop that will celebrate femininity through an introduction to Vogue Fem. Explore the fundamentals of the style and culture along with the five elements of Vogue Fem; hand performance, catwalk, duck walk, spins & dip and floor performance. Expect to be fierce and unapologetic about who you are! 1.15pm – 2.15pm Clocktower, Kala Sangam

Story Time Join expert storyteller Rachel McMahon for an hour of empowering stories and interactive activities for 2-6 year olds. Come with your little one(s) and enjoy some tales of empowerment. 1.15pm – 2.15pm Café Area, Kala Sangam

Passports & Privilege As the government prepares for Britain’s exit from the EU, come and hear the testimonies of women who have been affected by the uncertainty of their own or a partner’s immigration status and the impact that has on families. Hear of how some women are affected by the boundaries that are placed on them to exist in a system that is founded on privilege and the obstacles that stop them from planning a future. Speakers Include: Community Horticulturalist Nyarai Marema, Artist and activist Michelle Wren, aspiring astronaut and Let Us Learn activist Agnes Harding and EU citizen activist Vie Lusandu. 2.45pm - 3.45pm Ganges, Kala Sangam

Fight Of The Working Class The Hope Rising Group will call on everyone to join a united movement to end poverty. To hear more about getting organised, fighting back and standing up for social justice, join Hope Rising Activists as they share personal testimonies of their experiences of living in poverty, being raised in poverty, and how we can work together over class divisions. British Sign Language interpreted

2.45pm – 3.45pm Indus, Kala Sangam


Teens Talk Back WOWsers


Teens Talk Back


A panel of teenage girls discuss feminism – is it cool, do they like the word, and what do boys think? Whatever your age, this is your chance to hear from teens about their lives, thoughts and expectations – from the tough realities to straightforward optimism. If you care about young women - see you at this session! All speakers will be this year’s WOWsers.

Speed Mentoring Join experts across many fields including journalists, scientists, theatre directors, campaigners, artists, WOW speakers and many more. This hourlong session includes four individual 15-minute mentoring sessions to share your challenges, exchange ideas and stories, and potentially identify a new mentor.

2.45pm – 3.45pm Meeting Room 5, Kala Sangam

2.45pm – 3.45pm

Arabic Theatre

Workshop This workshop will explore theatre and performance skills using games and activities commonly used in a professional rehearsal room. Participants will learn to work as an ensemble, build confidence and use their imagination to play and for a moment, escape the stresses of real life. Led in Arabic by Dina Mousawi, Creative Learning Producer at Complicite Theatre.

Clocktower, Kala Sangam To sign up to be mentored, please email wowbradford@ southbankcentre.co.uk putting ‘Speed mentoring’ in the subject field of the email.

Kids Drawing Class

Workshop Nurture imaginations and discover new techniques in this drawing class for children aged 6-10 years old. Led by Artist Ruth Fettis. 2.45pm – 3.45pm Café Area, Kala Sangam

Women Who’ve Won This Festival Finale is one that celebrates the women who have taken on governments, the media and people in power to change policies and legislation. Be prepared to be inspired by women who are leading the way in fighting for not only their own rights but for the rights of their sisters. Speakers Include: Ailbhe Smyth from Ireland’s Together For Yes, Repeal the 8th Amendment Campaigner; Fiona Broadfoot Prostitution Abolitionist who is fighting to have the criminal records of former prostitutes cleared; Ezdihar Abdulmula and Asma Elbadawi, the basketball players who took on FIBA for the right for players to wear hijabs. Chaired by Harriet Wistrich, a solicitor and radical feminist who specialises in human-rights cases. British Sign Language interpreted

4.15pm – 5.15pm Ganges, Kala Sangam

2.45pm – 3.45pm Workshop Room 4, Kala Sangam


Throughout the festival

The Wedding of the Year: Radical Acts 2018

Photography Exhibition In June 2018, 40 women married themselves during Common Wealth’s Marry Yourself event in Bradford. See this stunning exhibition of the women and girls who made lifelong commitments to love themselves and share in the joy of their wedding day. Hosted at: Bread + Roses 14 North Parade Bradford BD1 3HT

Public Transport Our city centre venue is easily accessible via local Bradford bus services. It is a 10-minute walk from Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square train stations.

Prayer Room The multi-faith prayer room located within Kala Sangam is open to all religions and faiths over the course of the weekend.


Shop, Eat and Drink

WOW Marketplace, Foyer The WOW Marketplace is the heart and hub of the festival – our speciallydesigned indoor market is home to a range of carefully selected stalls providing information, raising awareness, showcasing work, offering workshops or selling their creations. It’s a central meeting point where people can gather, find information, do some shopping, network with others, get a feel for the festival and experience a whole range of products, ideas and activities. WOW Food Pop Ups, Upstairs and Café Area Find our food pop ups on the third floor of Kala Sangam, where you’ll be able to choose from a variety of culinary delights. Seating area will be available. The Broadway Dine in one of the many cafés and restaurants in The Broadway, located right beside Kala Sangam. broadwaybradford.com/ food-drink


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. Please stop when you see them and say hello!

The WOWsers are young Bradford volunteers aged 15 – 18 who are working together in the lead-up to the festival to create a piece of work to be showcased at WOW Bradford.

Get involved To find out other ways you can get involved, please email wowbradford@ southbankcentre.co.uk

The WOWsers are also speaking on various panels throughout the weekend, ensuring that the voices, opinions and interests of Bradford’s young people are represented.

Funded by Spirit Of 2012 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: www.spiritof2012.org.uk @spiritof2012


Enjoy the weekend

Listings correct at time of going to press. Southbank Centre is a registered charity no. 298909


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WOW Bradford 2018 brochure  

WOW – Women of the World Bradford takes place over a weekend of 17-18 November and the programme includes an line-up of over 45 different ta...

WOW Bradford 2018 brochure  

WOW – Women of the World Bradford takes place over a weekend of 17-18 November and the programme includes an line-up of over 45 different ta...