WOW that was good as women create a buzz in City of Culture

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 2013 in Derry~Lodnonderry. 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 2013 in Derry~Lodnonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.

Derry’s first Women of the World (WOW) Festival has been hailed as a huge success by both organisers and those enjoying events this weekend.

Women flocked from all over Ireland to partake of the rich programme of events WOW had to offer, and such was the reception, plans are already underway to continue this female-flavoured festival next year.

It was the first time that Southbank Centre’s Women of the World (WOW) festival came to the city, especially for City of Culture 2013, for a weekend of talks, debates, music, film and performances that celebrating the formidable strength and inventiveness of us girls and women!

Claire McDermott, organiser of WOW Festival, says she is thrilled at just how popular the expansive event proved.

“It’s just been a brilliant weekend,” she told the ‘Journal’ last night.

“It was great to see so many local women coming together and getting involved, especially as the majority of those involved were local women. There was a brilliant buzz around The Playhouse and, as far as I know, people came from as far away as Newry, Belfast, Dublin, Galway to be here.

“We had to close the doors for the Fabulous Fashionistas event - it was by far the busiest event of the whole weekend.”

“The women behind it, Sue Bourne and Sue Kreitzman, absolutely loved the city and were amazed at how friendly everyone was and say they’d definitely come back.”

Claire praised all those who took part in the various events or came to be a part of the audience and share the experience of WOW.

“Everything went really well,” she went on. “The festival attracted women of all ages from all walks of life, and the Southbank Centre are delighted at how it all went.”

Claire also revealed that should the festival continue next year, it will most likely be organised by the North West Women’s Collective and she therefore urges local women to get on board and share their ideas and suggestions via: nwwomenscollective@gmail.com.

“This was an amazing, empowering weekend for women locally,” Claire added. (See Friday’s Journal for more ).