WOW – Women of the World has announced headliners for its 2022 London Festival, which returns to the Southbank Centre from 11-13 March, supported by Bloomberg, to mark International Women’s Day.
Led by Founder Jude Kelly, the London edition of the world’s biggest, most comprehensive festival celebrating women, girls and non-binary people is back in person after some of the toughest years in recent history for gender equality.
The line-up revealed today includes unmissable events with Black Lives Matter co-founder and former Executive Director, and TIME 100 most influential person Patrisse Cullors; author and broadcaster Elizabeth Day of the podcast phenomenon How to Fail; bestselling writers Lisa Taddeo and Pandora Sykes; Lucy Kirkwood’s searing, timely play Maryland, and a riotous festival finisher from Figs in Wigs – Little Wimmin – a brilliantly satirical adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic.
They join previously announced bestselling author Marian Keyes, poet Warsan Shire, comedian Deborah Frances-White, activist Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, as well as The Urgent Conversation, a panel on the most pressing gender equality issues – with the timely programme and panel to be confirmed just ahead of the weekend.
There also be music across the weekend as part of WOW’s ongoing WOW Sounds programme showcasing incredible women, girls and non-binary musicians. Indonesian Muslim all-girl rock band Voice of Baceprot (VOB) will be WOW’s first ever digital artist in residence. They join the previously announced WOW London 2022 Artist-in-Residence Miss Baby Sol.
WOW London 2022 will see the return of many other WOW favourites including the free-to-explore WOW Marketplace and the sold-out Under 10’s Feminist Corners, which invite children to explore equality and discover what life is like for their peers across the world.
The festival’s day programme, final events and a digital programme accessible worldwide will be announced in the coming weeks.