Chapter Voices: Rhiannon White and Charlotte Lewis

Posted on: 18 Oct 2018 by Rhiannon White and Charlotte Lewis

This November Women of the World Festival is landing in Chapter for a first-time, full-scale Welsh outing…

WOW is an international festival originally founded at the Southbank Centre by Jude Kelly, it explores the challenges women and girls face as well as celebrating all that women have achieved.

WOW Cardiff is a weekend bursting with discussions, performances, workshops and creative pop ups. There’s something for everyone from talks on sexuality, menopause, creativity, domestic violence and race. You might don a pair of boxing gloves and “fight like a girl” in one of our many interactive workshops, hear from international record breakers, mothers or feminist thinkers ­- or enjoy music, theatre and art. There’s so much to see and do, and of course everyone is welcome to be a part of the weekend!

We’ve been working on WOW all of this year, developing this programme with the insight and generosity of people we’ve met across South Wales. We started this by holding events called ‘think-ins’ in Butetown, Canton, Splott and St Mellons. The think-ins gave us the opportunity to find out what mattered to people and to meet some exceptional women and girls who are leading in so many incredible ways. We’ve held workshops in schools and youth clubs, met with women’s services and organisations, groups and campaigners and those at the heart of their local community.  All of this helped build a picture of the kind of festival people wanted in Cardiff this November.

We’re excited to finally share it with you and wanted to offer some of our recommendations on what you might want to get stuck into. Workshops are a massive part of the weekend and we have loads to choose from. There’s an opportunity to clown with Clowns without Borders (a charity that works internationally with children who have experienced war), a singing workshop with the legendary Sian Evans where you’ll discover the power of voice, or you can take time to explore some self-care in a session with local wellness legend Rebecca May. These workshops are open to everyone no matter your experience - they are a brilliant way to have a go at something new.

We highly recommend booking to attend the speed mentoring session with some of Wales’ leading ladies - we know you’ll leave feeling as inspired as we have meeting them! Head to the variety of self-care workshops, the pop ups from Jukebox Collective and Just B. And of course make sure you  go to some of the panel discussions to get you fired up or to simply learn something new. We have loads of events planned, from discussions on endometriosis to homelessness, creative resistance to toxic masculinity, and domestic abuse to the politics of hair.

Join us for our ‘teens talk back’ session and meet our WOWsers- a crew of teenagers who have prepared something special to share at the festival. They’ll be discussing their journey with WOW and what matters to them from the refreshing perspective of young people in our capital. Be prepared, they have a serious fire in their bellies!

Top tip for the weekend is to go with your gut and not with the crowd. Be brave, be open, be generous. If there’s something you’re really desperate to see, then peel yourself away from your mates. There’s so much to do and sometimes the things that you didn’t circle to see will often be the most thought-provoking, even life-changing. See you there!

Tickets are just £10 full / £5 concession each day. To book:  or call Chapter Box Office +44 (0)29 2030 4400.



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