international women's day 2011

WOW – Women of the World

Posted on: 3 February 2011

Launching this year, WOW – Women of the World – is a joyous celebration of the formidable strength and inventiveness of women – a pioneering, groundbreaking annual festival, which will present, recognise and celebrate women, and act as a conversation space for issues of all kinds.

‘Through a series of debates, conversations, networking opportunities, presentations, showcases and places to meet and talk, Wow – Women of the World celebrates the potential and achievement of women and addresses some of the obstacles that women face across the world.

Joining us are leading women across all sectors, and together we explore in depth some of the most potent topics for women today.’ (Jude Kelly, Women of the World Festival Director)

The Taylor Maids
Purcell Room Friday 11 March 2011

After a hugely successful career in cabaret and variety, having performed with Shirley Bassey, Des O’Connor, Edmund Hockridge and The Billy Cotton Band, The Taylor Maids reformed in 2010.

Legacy – Songs & Words, with Jumoké Fashola & Hollie McNish
Foyer Bar – level 2 Friday 11 March 2011

Jumoké Fashola explores the musical legacy of women in jazz and blues, from Mahalia Jackson to Ella Fitzgerald. She performs some of their greatest hits alongside performance poet Hollie McNish.

The Front Room at QEH Friday 11 March 2011

ESKA is a talented vocalist, a celebrated arranger and conductor.

Emmy the Great
Purcell Room Friday 11 March 2011

Having won great acclaim for her debut album First Love, Emmy The Great is back with new songs and her trademark deft observations and stark admissions, cloaked in arrangements of disarming simplic

WOW – Women of the World: Imogen Heap
Birds Eye View Sound & Silents – Bloody Women: From Gothic to Horror Friday 11 March 2011

Birds Eye View presents seminal silent films by women pioneering gothic, horror and surrealist cinema, alongside specially commissioned live scores by cutting-edge female musicians.

Annie Lennox
Royal Festival Hall Friday 11 March 2011

Southbank Centre presents EQUALS Live.

Shirley Collins – America Over The Water
Purcell Room Saturday 12 March 2011

In 1959 Shirley joined legendary musicologist Alan Lomax on a year-long journey through the musical heartland of the Southern States of America.

V V Brown
Royal Festival Hall Saturday 12 March 2011

WOW Saturday Night Concert – Icons and exciting new talent come together for this colourful highlight of the WOW festival.

Annie Nightingale
The Clore Ballroom Saturday 12 March 2011

Annie Nightingale has been blazing a brilliant trail for over 40 years.

Life Cycle
Purcell Room Sunday 13 March 2011

Loss, love and sleep deprivation pervade this new set of songs about the traumatic, funny and surreal process of becoming a mother.

Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Sunday 13 March 2011

Cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson presents her songs with a selection of special guests for this one-off London show.

Sandi Toksvig
Queen Elizabeth Hall Sunday 13 March 2011

Mirth Control Sandi Toksvig with Sue Perkins

In the grand finale of WOW, National Treasure Sandi Toksvig and comedian-turned-conductor Sue Perkins bring us an evening of comedy, stories and music inspired by the great women of the suffragette

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