WOW – Women of the World Festival announces 2023 edition will include Juno Dawson and Roxane Gay

Graham Robson January 25, 2023

WOW – Women of the World has revealed the full line-up for its 2023 London Festival, which returns to the Southbank Centre from March 10-12 to mark International Women’s Day, supported by the WOW Foundation’s global founding partner, Bloomberg.

There will be three headline evening events across the festival. On Friday, March 10, legendary broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover will unpack some of the big news of the day in an extended live edition of their new podcast from The Times Off Air… with Jane and Fi, live from the Royal Festival Hall alongside special guests to be announced.

On Saturday, March 11, WOW will reclaim sex and go big on orgasms in the Royal Festival Hall with sexpert, relationship advisor and author of The Big O, Oloni. In conversation with Tolani Shoneye, co-host of the award-winning The Receipts Podcast, Oloni will debunk taboos around pleasure for women and take a deep dive into sex positivity, kinks, pleasure and her mission to reclaim sex – with plenty of time for audience questions.

Roxane Gay

On Sunday, March 12, leading feminist voices Roxane Gay will join WOW for an evening of conversation and celebration of her work that has garnered acclaim across the world for its honesty and ferocity. Tickets for this event will go on sale on February 1.

WOW has also today announced new sessions and speakers as part of the Day Pass programme for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each day features a different line-up, offering audiences the chance to choose from dozens of events in multiple spaces and venues.

Jude Kelly CBE, Julia Gillard, Laura Bates, Elif Shafak and activist Josephine Kamara will open the festival on Friday, March 10 with a session on women, misogyny and power, followed by conversations throughout the day spanning the cost of living crisis, mental health, fat activism and what it takes to be a CEO.

Juno Dawson

Other sessions include Juno Dawson and Megan Barton-Hason, who will ask if you can be Feminist with Fillers, and Dr Finn MacKay and Dr Sofia Rehman will join Shahed Ezaydi to discuss how to ensure the feminist movement remains led by and inclusive of those that experience marginalisation most keenly.

The festival will also feature the return of the WOW Marketplace, a programme of free WOW Pop Up performances, free WOW Speed Mentoring and Under 10’s Feminist Corner for budding young feminists everywhere. There will also be events specifically for children – Joyful, Joyful: Stories Celebrating Black Voices with illustrator Dapo Adeola and writers Hannah Lee and Maame Blue; Tolá Okogwu will bring her story Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun to life; and Emma Carroll and Lauren Child will present The Little Match Girl Strikes Back.

Jude Kelly CBE, CEO and Founder of the WOW Foundation, said: “Women and girls are dealing with significant anxiety with the cost of living, health, childcare, and the ongoing epidemic of violence. WOW provides the space for everyone to come together to explore solutions and create community, as well as taking time to celebrate amazing achievements across the globe in the ongoing march towards a gender equal world. Everyone needs the annual WOW tonic, and we hope you’ll join us.”

Tickets for the 13th edition of the world’s biggest and most comprehensive festival celebrating women, girls and non-binary people are now on sale HERE.

Tickets for headline events start from £10, and there is a free programme of festival events on offer.

WOW is also working with community groups and ticketing initiatives to make 400 free tickets available to the festival.