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WOW festival heads to Factory International

Written by Sophie Hall.
Posted May 23, 2024.
Aviva Studios at Factory International set to host WOW festival
Photo by Marco Cappelletti, courtesy of OMA and Factory International

Women of the World festival, ‘WOW’, has toured across the globe to celebrate women, girls and non-binary individuals alike. For the first time, they’ll be bringing their message to Manchester with performances and talks from the likes of comedian Sara Pascoe, Mel B, Jordan Stephens and Miquita Oliver.

Founded by Jude Kelly the convention has travelled across six continents to 45 locations, spreading its powerful messages. Now in its 14th year, WOW takes place next door to Union at Factory International’s Aviva Studios, and will be taking place this weekend, 24-26 May.

Jude Kelly is the founder of Women of the World festival
Credit: Ellie Kurttz

WOW festival promises attendees “three days of life-changing conversations, incredible performances and more”, with speakers including Australia’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, Westhoughton’s Maxine Peake and Manchester’s DJ Paulette.

Tickets for WOW festival are available here –

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