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WOW – Women of the World Festival Manchester

24 May - 26 May

Women of the World Festival is coming to Aviva Studios, home of Factory International, for a weekend of innovative workshops, vibrant discussions, and a bustling Marketplace.

24th to 26th May 2024 – BOOK NOW

Celebrate with world-class speakers, activists, and performers, including Mel B, Jordan Stephens, Julia Gillard, Maxine Peake, Zawe Ashton, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, DJ Paulette, and Chimene Suleyman.

Unite with Greater Manchester and beyond for transformative conversations and incredible performances. Visit the Social for free events across the weekend featuring WOW pop-ups, poetry, workshops, and artwork. There’s plenty to stumble upon.

Whether you’re a seasoned activist or dipping your toes into ideas about gender equity for the first time, WOW Manchester is for you.

Check out the programme for Saturday and Sunday

On Sunday evening musician, broadcaster and actor Jordan Stephens will take part in a rare in-conversation drawing on his own experiences of finding fame as a teenager in Rizzle Kicks, navigating success, heartbreak, hedonism, addiction and what happens when it all comes crashing down. Jordan and a special guest host will explore how his relationship with women, men and masculinity has changed and how he’s learnt to love himself again.

Mel B - Aviva StudiosMelanie Brown will be joined by journalist and co-author Louise Gannon on the Friday evening to celebrate the launch of her critically acclaimed memoir, Brutally Honest, sharing an unfiltered discussion on Mel’s journey from being a Spice Girl and global icon, to Women’s Aid patron and champion for survivors of abuse.

New sessions and speakers have also been announced as part of the daytime programme. Featuring a different line-up each day, audiences will be provided with the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of events and discussions housed within a huge central marketplace as well as taking place throughout Aviva Studios’ many different spaces. Household names, local activists and artists will present their big ideas to change the world, whilst inspiring thinkers, activists and world-class speakers will hold frank and lively sessions on everything from the murky history of the fashion industry to urgent conversations around women and conflict with accounts from first hand survivors.

WOW Manchester welcomes people of all ages and genders. Whether you’re a seasoned activist or dipping your toes into ideas about gender equity for the first time, WOW Manchester is for you.

Ticket information

  • You need a ticket to access the main WOW Manchester day programme. This includes access to the South Warehouse bustling marketplace, where you’ll find a whole host of different creative workshops, conversation stations, talks, performances and work from artists across the globe.
  • Day tickets are available for Saturday and Sunday. Each day features a different line-up so take your pick, or bag a Weekend Ticket and come along to both.
  • WOW Manchester 2024 also includes an exciting programme of evening events and workshops that you can purchase tickets for separately as well as a free programme of events in the Social. If you want to access everything, you will need to book multiple tickets. Keep your eyes peeled for more events coming soon!
  • Bringing the next gen along with you? Kids under 12 can attend for free across the weekend.

Book WOW Manchester at Aviva Studios



24 May
26 May
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Aviva Studios
Water Street
Manchester, M3 4JQ United Kingdom
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