WOW Norwich Saturday Day Pass 2018

Saturday 28th April 2018
10:00 AM

£12 | £8 concessions (includes admin fee)


OPEN Norwich

Women of the World Festival Norwich 2018

WOW Norwich Saturday Pass
9.45am – 5.30pm
at  OPEN, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich NR2 4SF



Join us for the first day of WOW – Women of the World festival, Norwich packed full of talks and debates, workshops, seminars and performances to engage, challenge and inspire.
Join WOW founder Jude Kelly and many guests for a joyful and thought-provoking day at WOW Norwich.

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The WOW – Women of the World festival, founded in 2010 by Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, Jude Kelly CBE, is now the largest women’s movement in the world, reaching over 1.5 million people in 23 cities across five continents.


Each WOW festival, made up of talks, debates, music, activism, comedy, workshops, mentoring, pop ups and major concerts, celebrates women and girls, takes a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential and raises awareness globally of the issues they face as well as creating possible solutions.


WOW – Women of the World Norwich 2018 is part of Southbank Centre’s expansion of its global WOW network of festivals to create nine new WOWs in five cities across the UK to mark the centenary of female suffrage in 2018. These nine festivals are being funded by Spirit of 2012.

Events on Saturday 28 April include:



Jude Kelly Intro and Views on the News
OPEN Banking Hall
10am – 11am
Join WOW Founder Jude Kelly and guests to get the lowdown on current headlines that affect women.


Sisters, Sistas & Transistors
OPEN Banking Hall
11am – 12pm
How do we fight for gender equality without ignoring other issues such as class, race, sexuality and disability? Come and find out about   the current state of play for feminism in 2018. Join our panelists as they discuss their unique approaches to gender equality.

Speakers include: Katy Jon Went from Gender Agenda, Katherine Deane, UEA lecturer and Access Ambassador, artist Marcia X and Maggie WheelerChaired by Jude Kelly.


OPEN Club Room
11am – 12pm
Join our young festival ambassadors the WOWsers as they present their WOW inspired project they’ve been working on the over past few weeks.


Moving On Up: Social Mobility in Norfolk and Norwich
OPEN Sovereign Room
11am – 12pm
The State of the Nation report published in November 2017 by the Social Mobility Commission, revealed that some of the young women growing up in deprived areas of Norfolk have some of the worst prospects in England.  What social mobility issues do our local communities face and how can they be addressed?

Speakers include: Tonia Mihill from the Mancroft Advice Project (@MAPyoungpeople), Lex Barber from The Tricky Period.  Chaired by Lauren Razavi of Norwich Sharing City and Journalist.


LGBTQ+ In Conversation: Living in Norfolk
OPEN Crown Room
11am – 12pm
An intergenerational discussion around personal experiences living in Norfolk as a person who identifies as LGBTQ+.  
Is there a representative and supportive LGBTQ+ community in Norfolk? Have attitudes changed over the years and how have experiences differed?

Speakers include: Julie Bremner from Norwich Pride, Wendy Robinson and content creator Anna May Fox. Chaired by musician Maxie Gedge.


Under 10’s Feminist Corner For Boys
OPEN Shilling Room
Boys Session 11am – 12pm
Mixed Session 2pm – 3pm

Feminism isn’t just for grown-ups or teenagers! Are you a budding young feminist? Do you think girls should have the same opportunities in life as boys? If so, we’ve got the perfect session for you. Join other young feminists for an interactive workshop led by facilitator Alex Evans exploring what being a girl means, and get tips on how to start a campaign in your bedroom.

These sessions are for children aged 6 – 10-years old. Please note: these workshops are for young people only. To register your child for this session, please email putting ‘Under 10’s Feminist Corner’ in the subject field.


Sisu Presents: DJ Workshop & Open Decks Session
OPEN Florin Room
11am – 4pm
Sisu formed from the completion of a female DJ course held at Southbank Centre with the idea in mind to teach female identifying artists how to DJ from Scratch. Hosted by Lucinda & Melissa, the workshop aims to provide an introduction to the skills needed to know how to DJ from Scratch and to help towards kick starting your career as a DJ. The workshop is designed to be very hands-on and practical starting with a workshop then it will end on an open decks session. 
Please book a place via with the subject line ‘DJ Workshop’



Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability and Feminism
OPEN Banking Hall
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Mainstream feminism can often lead to disabled women feeling invisible and under-represented. Why is disability often left out of conversations about feminism? Informed by their own experiences, the panelists discuss the barriers facing disabled women in achieving equality and explore ways in which feminism can encourage mutual support and intersectional possibilities.

Speakers include: Kate Wyatt from Equal Lives and Hannah Wallis, co-founder of Dyad Creative and artist. Chaired by Michelle Daley from Sisters of Frida.


Toxic Masculinity
OPEN Sovereign Room
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Toxic masculinity is everywhere. It’s up to us men to fix this,” said Jordan Stephens. What does ‘being a man’ mean and how does the male ego impact men and women alike? By addressing the notion of toxic masculinity, the panel will explore ways in which men can be helpful allies in the fight for gender equality.

Speakers include:  One half of hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks and supporter of women’s rights Jordan Stephens, local music blogger Alex Cabre, Writers’ Centre Norwich Director Chris Gribble and final year student at Norwich Medical School Liban Ahmed.


WOW Bites
OPEN Crown Room
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Come along to WOW Bites for short talks, performances, readings and soapbox moments delivered by all sorts of women with amazing stories. Four speakers cover a wide range of subjects from the serious to the very frivolous.


Press for Progress: Community Action Workshop
OPEN Club Room
12.30pm – 1.30pm

Victoria Mponda and Migrants Organise will lead a community action workshop for migrant women sharing inspiring stories and experiences. They will discuss ways of identifying different community needs and how to address them, acknowledging that there is no one-size-fits-all approach.


Honey I Shrunk the Patriarchy: Positive Parenting
OPEN Banking Hall
2pm – 3pm
How we can work together to challenge the gender stereotypes that are ingrained in our society?  How is gender constructed and is it possible to raise children free of sexist stereotypes?

Speakers include: Poet, mother, author and spoken word artist Hollie McNish, comedian and father Jarlath Ragan and TV presenter Nina Nannar with her daughter Mimi.  Chaired by author of ‘Gender Agenda’ Ros Ball.


MOXIE Dance Confidence Workshop
OPEN Club Room
2pm – 3pm
A chance to loosen up and learn some moves ahead of the official WOW after-party. An hour of dancing for the joy of it, with no worries and no judgment. Enjoy empowering tunes and power stances. With Anne Francis. All ages and abilities welcome (and encouraged!). Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.


Yes Yes Yes! Workshop
OPEN Sovereign
2pm – 3pm
Sex positivity is taking the world by storm, and yet many women still have fear and anxiety when it comes to their genitals. This talk led by Ruby Stevenson, a Sex Educator at Brook, the young people’s sexual health charity, gets back to basics, but in a way you’ve not experienced before. By combining anatomical knowledge, pleasure-focused consent, and a breakdown of the differing ways our brains process pleasure, this talk will address cultural and personal shame people experience around female genitalia, and use education to empower audience members. Ruby will break down the numerous pleasurable areas of the vulva and vagina – where to locate them and how to stimulate them (with and without a partner). This talk will include graphic imagery. Ages 16+


Coercive Control
OPEN Crown Room
2pm – 3pm
Coercive control is when a person with whom you are personally connected, repeatedly behaves in a way which makes you feel controlled, dependent, isolated or scared.’ Rights of Women Organisation 2018.  Hear personal stories from survivors and hear about the support structures available in Norfolk.

Speakers include:  Survivors of domestic abuse, Jayne Booth and Sadie Charles, representatives from LEEWAY and Norfolk County Council’s Domestic Abuse Change.


Speed Mentoring
OPEN Balcony
3pm – 4pm
Do you have an ambition but don’t know how to make it happen? Young and starting out? Or older and at a crossroads? Join experts from across many fields including science, journalism and the arts for four 15-minute mentoring sessions. Share your challenges, exchange ideas and potentially identify a new mentor.

To sign up to be a ‘mentee’, please email putting ‘Speed Mentoring’ in the subject field of the email.


Sick by Shey Hargreaves
OPEN Club Room
3.30pm – 4.30pm
Sick is a storytelling show about one receptionist’s journey through four years of cuts to the National Health Service. Based on writer and performer Shey Hargreaves’ real experiences of working on an emergency medical unit, the show explores the impact of policy changes on patients, staff, and their families and friends. Sick brings to life the bizarre, hilarious and heartbreaking nature of an emergency department through comedy, music, storytelling and a lot of phone calls.


You and #MeToo
OPEN Sovereign Room
3.30pm – 4.30pm

Can an online movement help end sexual harassment and assault? In October 2017 the #MeToo hashtag uncovered the global scale of sexual assault and harassment and became a rallying cry and show of solidarity for survivors – mostly women, and some men too. How can we combat our culture of sexual harassment and approach the topic online and in our day-to-day lives as we re-calibrate post-Weinstein scandal? Does such a broad movement eclipse essential conversations on race, disability, class and privilege, and what are the cultural, social and legal changes we need to fight for? Our panel discusses whisper networks, why #MeToo went viral and asks if it can help end sexual harassment and assault IRL for good.

Speakers include: Kuba Shand-Baptise from Gal-Dem, The Pool contributor Zoe Beaty, Sarah Claudine of Safe Gigs For Women and Katie Revell, member of Peach Club and sexual harassment activist. Chaired by Jude Kelly.


What a Way to Make a Living: A Man’s World
OPEN Crown Room
3.30pm – 4.30pm

What obstacles do women face in male dominated industries? How do we recognise and overcome them? Hear from extraordinary women who have broken down barriers and found success in their own fields.

Speakers include: Franstine Jones, the first female president of the National Black Police Association and Dr Carole Thomas, Head of John Innes Centre Directorate. Chaired by Ri Chakraborty, drama therapist and journalist.


Jude Kelly Keynote
OPEN Banking Hall
4.45pm – 5.30pm
Hear Jude Kelly CBE, founder of WOW – Women of the World festival, deliver a keynote on why a gender-equal world is a much better world for everyone.


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