PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS DECEMBER 2017
Join us for three days of fun, laughter, inspiration and serious reflections on gender equality in the world today with contributions from Queensland, Australia and across the countries of the Commonwealth of Nations. Performances, exhibitions, workshops, speed mentoring and much much more including stories of women’s life in some of the most remote areas of the world today. And of course it wouldn’t be complete without the chance to do a little shopping at our marketplace reflecting the diverse cultures and creativity of our communities in Australia and the Pacific Region!
See below for the information on all WOW events and ticketing
Tickets for WOW are sold as one, two or three day passes. This enables you to choose between a range of conversations, workshops and lunchtime performances, which will take place every day from 9am to 5pm. The first 200 earlybird three day pass holders will be invited to the Thursday night Welcome and Opening Concert!
Check out the highlights of the program below then book your tickets here! The full WOW Program will be available from the beginning of March 2018.
THURSDAY 5 April
WOW at Festival 2018 will kick off with a Traditional Blessing and Welcome To Country for all guests by custodian, Song-woman Maroochy Barambah of the Turrbal People. Songwoman Maroochy will then welcome our guest artists from First Nation communities of the Commonwealth of Nations in a call and response to join her on stage with dance and song. This special welcome will be followed by a concert of strong female First Nation voices produced by Aunty Ruth Ghee, an Aboriginal (Kabi Kabi), Torres Strait Island (Mer Island) and South Sea Island (Ambrym Island) woman. Including Emily Wurramara, a Wanandilyakwa woman from Groote Eylandt and ShoShona Kish from the Batchewana First Nation in Northern Ontario Canada.
Full details of the event will be available before Christmas
FRIDAY 6 - Sunday 8 April
At the heart of WOW are the conversations we need to have, led by people who have created change in their countries and in their communities. These sessions explore many of the issues women, girls, and those who identify as women and girls, in Queensland and in other Commonwealth countries talked about during our Thinkins, issues faced today by all those working towards a more gender equal world for the benefit of all.
WOW Bites are short talks, readings and soapbox moments on a wide range of subjects designed to inspire, engage and introduce new ideas. International guests will join local Queensland women in these sessions which will take place throughout the weekend. Full details will be available in January
WOW SPEED MENTORING
A WOW favourite – join experts from across many fields – artists, scientists, architects, journalists, entrepreneurs, WOW speakers and women with no label at all for four 10- 15 minute mentoring sessions over an hour long session. Share your challenges, exchange ideas and stories and potentially identify a new mentor. Details about signing up for these sessions will be available with the full program launch in March.
An integral part of any WOW, the marketplace will feature artists, businesses and women’s organisations from Queensland and the Pacific. You will be able to join a circle of weavers, sample beauty products made from traditional ingredients by First Nations rangers or purchase screen-printed fabrics and unique artwork. And when you need a break from shopping, sample locally grown and brewed coffee whilst you select from the tastes of the Commonwealth to satisfy your cravings! The Healing Space will bring together traditional healing practices. From morning Yoga to meditation, Festival attendees will be able to participate in a combination of sessions and healing demonstrations, bush medicines, and beauty products in a purpose built ‘venue’ on the performance lawn.
A full program of free performances and sporting demonstrations is being scheduled across the weekend free to all ticket holders. The performance program will feature a range of local Queensland artists in a celebration and demonstration of the diverse and vibrant cultural content we have in our State. The program is supported through collaborations with a number of local arts and non-arts organisations including Vulcana Women’s Circus, Metro Arts, Creative Regions
The exhibition program for WOW will build on the Brisbane Powerhouse's reputation for showing documentary photography and turn the photographers lens to women’s lives and women producers, showcasing stories that are often unseen and untold.
We will be presenting a number of tickets shows in partnership with leading Queensland cultural organizations, starting with our hosts the Brisbane Powerhouse, the internationally acclaimed show Hot Brown Honey and a world premiere of Veiqia21 from Vou Dance Company Fiji
This will be held on Wednesday 28th March at Queensland Academy of Science, Maths and Technology in Toowong targeted to young women from State and Private secondary institutions, in years 10-12. The content will be finalised during the early part of 2018 incorporating conversations suggested by young women such the lack of female hero’s in film and television, dealing with parental expectations, cyber security, body image and more. Workshops and performances will also be included.
UNDER 10's FEMINIST CORNER
From the moment they enter the world (maybe even before, according to researchers), our children are observing and absorbing society's gender rules - and the pattern is pretty well learned by age seven. WOW will host two interactive, creative and artists led sessions.
Under Tens (Girls Only) unpick those rules, and imagine a world without them - and tell us the changes they want to see in their future.
Under Tens (Boys Only) explore how the rules might be different for girls, what that means for girls' lives and what boys can do to help build gender equality.
Further detail and times will be available early 2018.
Over the coming weeks we will be sharing with you the range of arts and cultural events which will take place in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast during the Commonwealth Games which showcase and celebrate women artists and performers.