Women of the World Festival is taking place in Rotherham this July

The first ever WOW festival is taking place in Rotherham.

The WOW festival celebrates women, girls and non-binary people and will feature a series of events, talks, workshops, and performances.

Having launched back in 2010, WOW festivals have taken place in more than 30 locations across 6 different continents, reaching more than three million people to date.

This is the first WOW festival to take place in Rotherham and will be held over the weekend of Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July 2022 in the town’s Clifton Park.

The two day festival will celebrate community, culture, and entrepreneurialism with artists local, national and international taking part in the event. Aiming to tackle the subjects that matter most to women, girls and non-binary people, the festival is open to people from all walks of life, however they identify.

Volunteers at the WOW festival.
Image: WOW Rotherham

The weekend’s main stage will kick off with a welcome address from WOW Festival organisers from across the globe including founder Jude Kelly and entrepreneur Dame Julie Kenny.

The welcome will be followed by WOW Big Ideas, a platform for short talks about pressing conversations and important ideas for change. Speakers will include award-winning cultural producer and freelance marketer Annalisa Toccara, campaigners and activists The 3 Hijabis who are calling for racists to be banned for life from all football matches in England and senior critical care nurse Charmaine Mutsago.

Volunteers at WOW festival.
Image: WOW Rotherham

And that is only the start of it, the entire weekend will be jam-packed with thought provoking, important conversations and workshops for you to fully immerse yourself in.

Not only that but there will also be plenty of opportunities for you to kick back and relax, WOW Rotherham will be hosting a diverse marketplace filled with female makers and organisations, featuring a number of stalls selling hand-crafted gifts, a clothes swap stall and many more. There will also be a food and drink area to keep you refreshed throughout the weekend.

A band performing at WOW festival.
Image: WOW Rotherham

Jude Kelly CBE, CEO and Founder of The WOW Foundation said: “WOW Rotherham is
going to be a wonderful and joyful celebration of the women and girls whose stories,
achievements and resilience can help build a new chapter in the history of the town.”

“The WOW local producers are using their huge energy to build an equal, just and safe world where the women, girls, trans and non-binary communities of Rotherham can flourish.”

To find out more including how to book tickets, take a look at their website.

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Feature image: WOW Rotherham

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