Joining forces with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC), and with the support of the British Embassy Athens, we are delighted to invite you to the first WOW – Women of the World Festival in Greece.
The festival is taking place from 1 to 3 April 2023 in Athens in co-operation with the UK-based WOW Foundation, the world’s largest event dedicated to women, girls and non-binary people.
With a dynamic programme of panel discussions and talks by Greek and international guests, exhibitions, speed-mentoring sessions, educational programmes, concerts, workshops and much more, WOW Athens is an ambitious event aiming to empower women and feminities in tackling the barriers and inequalities they encounter daily and celebrate their successes to date, as well as the people behind them and their inspiring stories.
Diverse and interdisciplinary, the festival focuses on present-day Greek reality, while also looking at shared concerns and challenges from across the globe.
Among others, the highlights of the programme include:
- 27 Μarch–20 April | Exhibition Guerrilla Girls The Art of Behaving Badly
The exhibition includes provocative posters, videos and other art forms created by the Guerrilla Girls that raise awareness of discriminatory practices in the visual arts.
- 1 April–31 May | Photography Exhibition: Woman by Dana Kyndrová
Through a series of 48 photographs, the exhibition Woman by Dana Kyndrová aims to realistically – sometimes humorously and with a wink – present moments in which the role of women is highlighted, at times dominant and other times hidden in the shadows but still necessary. The exhibition will take place in collaboration with Athens Photo World and the Czech Centre Athens.
- 1–3 April | Talks and panel discussions
Details will be announced shortly.
- 1–3 April | WOW Athens Marketplace 2023
The Marketplace will be located at the heart of the SNFCC, in the Agora, presenting an open, bustling market that will showcase women and non-binary-led businesses, charities and activist organisations.
- 1 April, 13.00–14.00 & 15.00–16.00 | Speed-Mentoring Sessions
The speed-mentoring sessions offer a special one-to-one experience in a unique space to meet amazing women and non-binary people of all different backgrounds and ages, who will inspire, uplift and support one another.
- 1 April, 21.00 | Maryland by Lucy Kirkwood (a script-in-hand performance)
Maryland was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London and is an immediate, extraordinary, communal rallying cry in response to the normalising of horrific actions being committed against all women.
- 2 April, 11.00 | On Rebel Girls: A discussion about stories that change the world
Where have all the important women in history gone? Did they ever exist? Why did it take so many books about important women for us to learn their stories? And where did it all begin? A discussion between authors Elena Favilli and Stella Kasdagli about female role models, girl empowerment, gender equality and how books can really change the world.
- 3 April, 18.30 | Artist Talk: Guerrilla Girls
The Guerrilla Girls are anonymous artist activists who use disruptive headlines, outrageous visuals and killer statistics to expose gender and ethnic bias and corruption in art, film, politics and pop culture.
- 3 April, 21.00 | WOW Sounds: Nubya Garcia
The award winning saxophonist and composer – who is changing the landscape of the traditionally male-dominated British jazz scene – will perform live at the GNO Stavros Niarchos Hall.
View the full programme: www.snfcc.org/en/WOW
About WOW – Women of the World
The WOW Foundation exists to build, convene and sustain a global movement that believes a gender equal world is desirable, possible and urgently required.
WOW – Women of the World was founded by Jude Kelly in 2010, when the first WOW Festival took place at the Southbank Centre in London. Since then, WOW Festivals celebrating women and girls and taking a frank look at the obstacles they face have taken place across the globe, reaching five million people to date.