The WOW Foundation has today announced the full line up for the 2020 10th anniversary Festival in London. British Vogue will present “Forces for Change” with Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful OBE. Forces for Change was launched in The September Issue of British Vogue guest edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex. For this special WOW event, the editor-in-chief has invited artists, activists and fashion pioneers to join him for an evening of conversation exploring the publication’s ongoing movement, sharing stories of female trailblazers setting the agenda across the globe.
WOW will pay tribute to the late Toni Morrison in Remembering Toni Morrison, an afternoon of contemporary responses to the seminal American author. Featuring performances, readings and tributes from special guests, this event will be a joyful response to the life, influence and legacy of the Nobel Prize winner.
Care International will also join forces with WOW this year presenting very special speakers at its annual #March4Women Rally – the ultimate International Women’s Day activity. For 2020, CARE International’s annual #March4Women will be the most rousing rally yet, with an urgent call to action for women on the front line of the climate crisis. The afternoon will be introduced by Helen Pankhurst, CARE International UK’s Special Adviser on Gender Equality and the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, with Jude Kelly, Founder of WOW – Women of the World, and other guests to be announced. Previous years’ guests have included Annie Lennox, Beverley Knight, Michael Sheen, Emeli Sandé, Sue Perkins, Layla Hussein, Muzoon Almellehan, Helena Bonham Carter, Bianca Jagger and David Tennant.
The events announced today join previously confirmed shows featuring Naomi Wolf, Shazia Mirza, Scarlett Curtis, Sandi Toksvig, Mary Robinson, Elif Shafak, Julia Gillard, Caroline Criado Perez, Emma Dabiri, Shazia Mirza, Bobby Baker and live recordings of two of the UK’s most popular podcasts – Scarlett Curtis: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and The Guilty Feminist.
WOW – Women of the World Festival runs from 6 to 8 March across the International Women’s Day weekend at Southbank Centre, London. The line-up includes a range of Day Pass and ticketed events featuring some of the world’s most exciting performers, activists and voices.
WOW Festival goers can purchase Day Passes for Friday and Saturday to explore a huge programme of talks, workshops and performances. New day pass sessions announced today include WOW Presents a Mayoral Debate, featuring the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and 2020 electoral candidates including Sue Black, Rory Stewart and Siobhan Benita.