I love a good festival and if it’s a festival celebrating women, then even better. Step forward WOW (Women of the World) – a whole week of talks, debates, music, film & comedy – now in its fifth year and a global phenomenon.
Having had a look at the programme of events for the week I opted for a Friday Day Pass – I promise you that my choice wasn’t in any way influenced by the fact that the Goddess of Song, Annie Lennox, is in conversation. I fear that I will have to be up at dawn’s crack to get in line for a seat at this discussion about humanitarian issues that women of the world face every day, but it will be definitely worth it.
The Eurythmics had a pretty big influence on my musical tastes back in the 80s and the fact that Annie is now a tireless campaigner on issues which heavily impact on the lives of women and children make her even more of a goddess in my eyes.
I’m also going to have to plan my day with military precision – there are far too many interesting talks and debates to get to and so little time to squeeze them in, especially when there are a few on at the same time! PL (that’s Pre Lunch – yes I’m already fantasizing about what I shall be eating in 2 days time) – do I attend ‘Women in Business’; ‘Talking Risks’; the WOW & Stylist: Question Time – argh – or do I just have a go on the Royal Festival Hall organ?! Decisions…decisions!
PL (Post Lunch) is still going to be full of dilemmas, but I’m certainly being drawn towards ‘Jobs for the Boys’: What it’s really like for a woman to work in a male dominated field – having once considered a career in engineering.
I’m really looking forward to Friday. I’m always keen to learn; listen; observe and be informed. And how fantastic that it will all be done with Women’s Hour BBC Radio 4 – who have taken up a week-long residency and are broadcasting live from the Southbank Centre – as the soundtrack.
Maybe I will see you there.