Earlier this week saw International Women’s Day being celebrated and embraced across the country, around the world and of course, in Hull. The day, which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women everywhere also serves as a call to action for people everywhere to work together to accelerate equality and gender parity.
This weekend sees a range of activities and shows taking place across Hull as part of the WOW (Women of the World) festival. Since it’s founding back in 2010 at Southbank Centre, London, the movement has seen festivals hosted across five continents.
This year sees our own City of Culture join the rapidly expanding global movement which is based on the idea that an equal world is a better world for all of us. WOW is a celebration not only of women and girls but of equality in all its forms.
The festival has a packed programme of events that started with the launch event last night, hosted by Lucy Beaumont and Maureen Lipman, and will run throughout the weekend. I’ve picked just a few of my own highlights, but for a full list of events visit the Hull 2017 website.
The story of Hull’s legendary Mighty Atom, also known as Battling Barbara Buttrick, will be told at Hull City Hall today from 4-5pm. Standing just 4 feet 11 inches tall, she fought her way to World Titles and the very top of Women’s boxing. Barbara will be joined on stage by Tommy Coyle and Hull’s next crop of talented boxers.
Club WOW at Hull Cheese sees a line up of Hull’s finest female DJ’s from The Welly, Spiders and Silhouette as well as some of the city’s brightest new DJing talent. This promises to be a great night.
Art Celebrating Equality is a showcase of poems, photography and songs created by The Warren Youth Project, which explore gender equality and freedom through art, celebrating the lives of young people across the city. Catch this inspiring showcase at Hull City Hall between 4pm and 6pm today.
Imagining The Future (Hull City Hall rom 3:30pm to 4pm on Sunday) is a panel discussion featuring young people from across the city who ask the question, what is the state of equality like for young people in 2017? Responding to questions set by their peers on a host of issues such as education and body image, the panel share their thoughts and concerns about the challenges ahead as well as suggestions for what they would like to see changed in the future.
See more details of the WOW festival, and the full list of shows, events and discussions at: hull2017.co.uk