The Brisbane Powerhouse, April 2-5, 2020
Early Bird Tickets on Sale: November 29th - www.brisbanepowerhouse.org
All Festival Info: www.wowaustralia.com.au/program-2020
2 million participants across 65 festivals in 30 locations on five continents and growing...
If you are a woman, identify as a woman, or know a woman - WOW is for you.
Featuring former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, former Governor General Quentin Bryce, songstress Christine Anu, the incredible Spinifex Gum and much much more, WOW (Women of the World) Australia have officially released the first taste of their 2020 festival program. Early bird tickets go on sale November 29th via www.brisbanepowerhouse.org.
Three days of fun, laughter, inspiration and reflection, taking over the Brisbane Powerhouse April 2-5, 2020, WOW Australia 2020 imagines a future in which gender does not determine life's outcomes. Through conversations, performances, panels, exhibitions, short talks and more, the festival will feature a HUGE array of local and international speakers, First Nation leaders and change-makers tackling the big issues for women everywhere. More than 5,000 people attended WOW at the Brisbane Powerhouse and QPAC over three days when it was held as part of Festival 2018 for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government was proud to support the return of the Festival to Queensland for the next three years.
"WOW Australia 2020 will be a fun and energetic celebration of women and girls, and I'm proud this event is returning to Queensland," the Premier said.
"The 2020 event speakers include an outstanding line-up of remarkable women and this is just a preview of what is to be announced early next year.
"My government is committed to increasing the representation of women in the workplace, in business, the arts, in sport and in the community and this festival will help people come together in the spirit of fun to imagine a better world of equality and provide solutions for change."
2020 Program & Early Bird Tickets
A festival not a conference, WOW Australia 2020 is where you will hear stories of change and stories for change. Cathy Hunt, Global Advisor for the WOW Foundation and Executive Producer of WOW Australia said;
"Uplifting, challenging and lifechanging, WOW is a global movement supporting women and girls – where they can share their stories, celebrate their extraordinary achievements, and find solutions to the many barriers that still prevent them from realising their full potential. We want attendees to be inspired, learn new skills, go away and change the world".
Occupying the entire precinct at The Brisbane Powerhouse, early bird tickets go on sale November 29th @ www.brisbanepowerhouse.org with both 1 day and 3 day tickets available, the second major program announce will be early February 2020.
Purchasers of Day Passes can hear over 100 speakers during the 3 days including on Saturday 4th April former Governor General Quentin Bryce and our 27th Prime Minister the Honourable Julia Gillard reflecting on their experiences, achievements and hopes for the future. Julia Gillard will also feature in a separate Friday night ticketed event where she will moderate an expert panel of festival guests busting through gender myths and exploring how a gender equal world will benefit us all.
Day time conversations, all developed through ideas from community gatherings, include those on screen culture and women's representation in the media, the impacts of digital disruption, beauty and body image, circular economy, politics and the future of democracy, action on the climate crisis and hearing from leading First Nations women on the importance for us all of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
A formidable list of speakers will include international guests from Canada Vicki Saunders (CEO of SheEO) and musician ShoShona Kish; from the USA - Madeline Di Nonno CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media; from Australia - June Oscar Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, author Bri Lee, Hana Assifiri Owner of Moroccan Soup Bar, Professor Sue Kurrle senior geriatric expert for the ABC series "Old People's Homes for 4 Year Olds", Lydia Pearson fashion academic, former designer/director of Eastonpearson and Leanne Kemp Founder of Everledger and Queensland Chief Entrepreneur.
Day pass holders also get the opportunity to hear many local women tell their stories for the first time in WOW Bites- short talks, readings and soapbox moments on a wide range of subjects designed to inspire, engage and introduce new ideas; to participate in Workshops as WOW looks after your mind body and soul which will cover everything from financial management, how to survive the on-line world, building your business, re-cycling your clothing, skateboarding, and dancing to learning to sew! A unique feature of WOW Australia is the Healing Space a 'breathe-out' zone, where you can start your day with Yoga or take some time to sit with a circle of weavers, sample beauty products made from traditional bush medicine techniques and ingredients, participate in a yarning circle or facilitated meditation. And for the first time this year, WOW audiences will take control of the music choices through crowdDJ® created by Brisbane company Nightlife and help curate an unforgettable festival soundtrack of female artists
throughout the celebration. WOW Australia 2020 will be held in Brisbane next year at The Brisbane Powerhouse: 2-5 April. Early bird tickets go on sale Friday November 29th.