Local women to take central role in WOW! Festival

Hannah Pool, Eleanor McEvoy, Claire Allen and Suzanne Rodgers who took part in the Slags, Hags, Wags, Shags, Bags, Fags and Nags which was a comical look at gender imbalance during the Women of the World Festival back in 2013. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.
Hannah Pool, Eleanor McEvoy, Claire Allen and Suzanne Rodgers who took part in the Slags, Hags, Wags, Shags, Bags, Fags and Nags which was a comical look at gender imbalance during the Women of the World Festival back in 2013. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.

Local women have been urged to get involved in bringing together the programme for this year’s WOW! (Women of the World) Festival.

The North West Women’s Collective has been organising and running the festival in the Playhouse since the City of Culture year 2013. As part of the lead up to the November weekend of events, a series of think-ins have been organised.

The two hour sessions involve local women compiling a ‘wish list’ of ideas, suggestions and speakers which influence the shape of the topics, issues and debates.

The think-ins take place on Wednesday 3 June , 10am-12pm in the Playhouse, Artillery Street. The following day it moves to Caw/ Nelson Drive Cultural and Community Centre from 7pm to 9pm before returning to the Playhouse on Saturday 6 June, from 2pm-4pm.

The WOW festival attracted over 100 participants to the Playhouse in 2014. The festival is a celebration of the lives that women of all ages live, not just locally, but right across the world, the challenges they face, the gender issues that affect them, the indomitable spirit they have and the hope they give for the future.

Organisers have described it as “a real, empowering experience” and the NWWC has managed to keep all the events free of charge in spite of funding challenges.

Phil Mahon, chair of NWWC , said: “We’re thrilled at the prospect of organising WOW! for the third year in a row here in the city.

“Although WOW! has its origins in the Southbank Centre in London, we, in the North West feel part of a global network of festivals which stretches from Cambridge in England to Sydney Australia and growing all the time. We’re particularly proud of the fact that WOW Derry –Londonderry is the only WOW festival on the island of Ireland”

Local women have been urged to come along themselves or with friends, and share their own ideas over tea and coffee.

For further information on the events or to take part, contact Anne Craig, Vice Chair NWWC @028 71 267904, annecraig@live.co.uk.