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WOW
Women of the World
İstanbul

March 19-20, 2022

#WeAreTogether
#WOWISTNBL

Festival Broadcast (Turkish)

Festival Broadcast (Turkish and English)

WOW - Women of the World Festival Istanbul 2022

WOW - Women of the World Festival aims to support women and girls by highlighting the challenges they face and the solutions they can find together. Through the partnership between the WOW - Women of the World Foundation and the British Council and with the support of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the Festival will be the first of its kind in Istanbul. WOW festivals have already reached more than three million people in six continents and in over 30 locations, and is now coming to  Müze Gazhane, Istanbul’s new cultural heritage and creativity hub, on 19-20 March.

Bringing together the arts and culture world and civil society to develop new dialogues and collaborations, the festival offers a unique platform, where women from different backgrounds can share their stories and voices via music, performance, talks and workshops.

Taking inspiration from artists, speakers, workshop leaders and non-governmental organizations from the United Kingdom and Turkey, WOW Istanbul will provide a safe, and inclusive platform for the sharing of cultural and creative expressions. Our belief in change and the equality of women who say #WeAreTogether to inspire each other will be reflected at WOW Istanbul.

The festival will start with an opening panel, titled #WeAreTogether, which will be hosted by the Founder and CEO of WOW Foundation, Jude Kelly, and journalist and writer, Zeynep Miraç. The speakers will discuss what it means for women to stand in solidarity in a world that continues to experience pandemic, conflict, the impact of migration, climate change and poverty, and how art makes women’s drive for equality more visible.

Curated by independent media outlet, 5Harfliler (5Letters), the ‘5Harfli Sesler’ (5Harfli Voices) will bring together 5Harfli authors and 5Harfli readers under the call of “we are looking forward to having you all share and amplify feminist voices”. The WOW Big Ideas section will be configured as an open stage for women with different experiences. The section will feature a performative reading from writer Şebnem İşigüzel, and actor Tamar Çıtak, as well as talks from Ayşe Tükrükçü from Hayata Sarıl Lokantası (The Embrace Life Restaurant) and Attorney Aslı Karataş.

Open participation workshops at WOW Istanbul will this year once again bring together the festival audience with different non-governmental organizations that are at the forefront of their fields of operation in the city. Additionally, the Directorate of Women and Family Services under the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality will organize workshops for children who attend the festival along with their families.

Music is always an important part of WOW Istanbul. WOW Sounds will stage the live performance of a group of female musicians from the ‘My City, My Voice’ programme during the #WomenPowerinCulture led by Beril Sarıaltun of the Beatsbygirlz Turkey Chapter and musician and music educator, Mandy Wigby from the United Kingdom. Under the curation of Elif Cemal and Pelin Opçin of the EFG London Jazz Festival, the WOW Istanbul Collective, formed by musicians from the United Kingdom and Turkey, will perform on the first day of the festival. Participants will also get a chance to experience the UK’s WOW Sounds, composed of specially recorded music performances of some of the most exciting female musicians of the world who were on stage at the 2021 UK WOW Festival.

Novelties at the Festival; Speed Mentoring, WOWsers Istanbul and Civil Space

Speed Mentoring will be hosted by the SES Equality and Solidarity Association. In this section, festival participants will get the opportunity to engage in fast, candid conversations over the course of an hour with four different mentors to share their experiences and insights.

WOWsers Istanbul will be held for the first time by İKSV Alt Kat. In this section, participants between the ages of 18-21 will be coming together at artist and designer, Pınar Akkurt’s workshop, titled ‘Garbage, Rugs and Pixels’.

Open throughout the festival, the Civil Space section will mirror the inclusion and diversity of WOW Istanbul. The non-governmental organizations invited to participate in the festival will get a chance to offer their products and provide information on their activities at their stands.

Hayata Sarıl Lokantası (The Embrace Life Restaurant) will host the Eating Together section, while Zincir Kıran Kadınlar (Chain Breaking Women) will introduce life with bikes in the Moving Together section. In addition, the Gazhane Environmental Volunteers will be sharing their ‘Discovering Gazhane on Foot’ tours with participants.

The closing panel of the WOW Istanbul Festival, which will be jointly hosted by the İKSV Cultural Policy Studies Department, will focus on how the culture and arts world can be reconstructed through a more equalitarian approach. Moderated by journalist, Duygu Demirdağ, the panel will host Vick Bain from the United Kingdom and Prof. Dr. Itır Erhart and Ece Dizdar (Actors’ Union of Turkey) from Turkey.

Organized by Pozitif, the WOW Istanbul Festival continues to pursue its objective to be more inclusive for all through the support of the consultancy of Erişilebilir Her Şey (Accessible Everything). Throughout the festival, there will be simultaneous Turkish sign language interpretation, as well as simultaneous Turkish and English interpretation.

The programming of WOW Istanbul Festival has been realised by the British Council Head of Arts Esra A. Aysun as the WOW Istanbul Turkey Curator with support of festival’s advisory board members Asena Günal (Anadolu Kültür), Figen Ayhan Karakelle (İBB Cultural Department Directorate), Gamze Sofuoğlu (Turkcell), Nurcan Baysal, Özlem Ece (İKSV), Rümeysa Çamdereli (Havle), Ülker Uncu (BGST) and Zelal Yalçın (İBB Social Policy Centre).

Additional details on the WOW Women of the World Festival Istanbul program will be provided in the coming days.

The programming of WOW Istanbul Festival has been realized by British Council Head of Arts Esra A. Aysun, with the collective support of the curation team formed by Sabancı Foundation Programs Coordinator Ayşegül Bayar and Sabancı Foundation Programs Supervisor Özen Pulat, and the advisory board formed by Asena Günal (Anadolu Kültür), Aslı İkizoğlu Erensü (Sabancı University), İpek Bozkurt (We Will Stop Femicide Platform), Özlem Ece (İKSV), Rümeysa Çamdereli (Havle), Ülker Uncu (BGST).

Founded in 2010 in London by The WOW Foundation Founder and Director Jude Kelly CBE,  WOW Festivals have now spread over six continents, reaching more than 2 million participants at more than 70 festivals. This March, to celebrate International Women’s Day, WOW Festivals and events are taking place across the world. Apart from Istanbul, there will be festivals in  the UK, New York, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Taiwan and Western Australia.

WOW Istanbul aims to be accessible for all under the consultancy of “Erişilebilir Her Şey” (Everything that is Accessible). Simultaneous Turkish sign language interpretation, Turkish and English subtitle interpretation and simultaneous interpretation into Turkish will be available throughout all broadcasts.

The WOW Foundation

The WOW Foundation was created by Jude Kelly CBE in 2018 to run the global movement that is WOW - Women of the World Festivals. The Festivals began in the UK in 2010, launched by Kelly at Southbank Centre London, where she was Artistic Director, to celebrate women and girls, taking a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential, raising awareness globally of the issues they face, and discussing solutions together.

To date, WOW has reached over 3 million people in 17 countries on six continents, in locations including Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Finland, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Somaliland, the UK and the USA.   In 2018/19 WOW was in Rio de Janeiro, Cardiff, Bradford, Bangladesh, Brisbane, Janakpur (Nepal), Baltimore, London, Exeter, Norwich, Perth, Beijing, Ghana and Nigeria. In June 2020, WOW held its first ever worldwide online festival focused on women and girls — WOW Global 24. The festival travelled around the world everywhere from the UK to Nigeria, and Pakistan to Australia exploring the intersectional impact of COVID-19 on gender inequality, and responding to Black Lives Matter.

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Program Registration

Saturday, March 19
12:30
Saturday, March 19
14:00

Quick Mentoring Registration

Saturday, March 19
13:00-14:00
Saturday, March 19
14:30-15:30

Civil Space Solidarity Workshops

Saturday, March 19
12:30-14:30
Saturday, March 19
14:00-16:00
Saturday, March 19
15:00-17:00
Saturday, March 19
15:00-17:00
Sunday, March 20
11:30-12:30
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13:00-14:00
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14:00-15:30
Sunday, March 20
14:00-16:00
Sunday, March 20
14:20-15:30
Sunday, March 20
14:30-15:30
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PARTNERS

Launched in 2010 in London by Jude Kelly, WOW Festivals have spread over six continents, reaching more than 3 million participants with more than 70 festivals. WOW – Women of the World Festival Istanbul is held this year at Müze Gazhane on March 19-20, 2022 in partnership with the WOW – Women of the World Foundation and British Council and with the support of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. This special festival, bringing together arts and culture domain with the civil society, will offer participants a physical experience for the first time in Istanbul. 

Programming Collaborations

Global Co-Founder of the WOW Foundation

WOW Festivals are presented in collaboration with Southbank Center (London).

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The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise.

The British Council has an international partnership with WOW and have partnered to support WOW festivals around the world.  The British Council’s global network of offices and local staff, combined with our unique insight into the UK arts and culture scene, make us the ideal partner to implement WOW festivals that embrace local cultures and communities and make new connections with the UK, whilst still maintaining the unique format WOW is famous for.

 

WOW FOUNDATION

The WOW Foundation was created by Jude Kelly CBE in 2018 to run the global movement that is WOW - Women of the World Festivals. The Festivals began in the UK in 2010, launched by Kelly at Southbank Centre London, where she was Artistic Director, to celebrate women and girls, taking a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential, raising awareness globally of the issues they face, and discussing solutions together.

To date, WOW has reached over 3 million people in 17 countries on six continents, in locations including Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Finland, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Somaliland, the UK and the USA.   In 2018/19 WOW was in Rio de Janeiro, Cardiff, Bradford, Bangladesh, Brisbane, Janakpur (Nepal), Baltimore, London, Exeter, Norwich, Perth, Beijing, Ghana and Nigeria. In June 2020, WOW held its first ever worldwide online festival focused on women and girls — WOW Global 24. The festival travelled around the world everywhere from the UK to Nigeria, and Pakistan to Australia exploring the intersectional impact of COVID-19 on gender inequality, and responding to Black Lives Matter.

Over the last 10 years the Festivals have developed a reputation as a space for world renowned artists, activists, thinkers and performers including Angela Davis, Malala Yousafzai, Annie Lennox, Patrick Stewart, Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Salma Hayek, to come and participate, alongside thousands of women and girls who don’t have public profiles but are doing amazing things. WOW provides platforms for people of all kinds, changes attitudes, brings communities together and provides a unique space for people to work together towards gender equality in their own communities. One example of the impact of the festival came in 2015, with the founding of the Women’s Equality Party by Sandi Toksvig and Catherine Mayer.

In 2018 Kelly left the Southbank Centre to run The WOW Foundation full time as a charity working to build, convene and sustain a global movement that believes a gender equal world is possible and desirable through festivals and empowering women and girls. The unique festival model creates numerous pathways for participants to take part in WOW projects, amplify their own causes, or start new initiatives which have a wide impact on communities. It is the biggest, most comprehensive and most significant festival dedicated to presenting work by women and promoting equality for women and girls.

WOW festivals and events are presented by arrangement with Southbank Centre. The President of WOW - Women of the World is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

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This Festival is presented in partnership with The WOW Foundation.

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