WOW: Women of the World Festival

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Fatoumata Diawara

This festival celebrating all that is great about women and girls (and all the great things they have achieved) is back for a fifth year in 2015 with a week of talks, debates, concerts, film, comedy and workshops. The line-up will feature an impressive selection of international guests, including many famous faces. Merrill Garbus, better known as Tune-Yards, will play a headline show (Mar 5), theatre will include 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' which is based on interviews with female Muslim boxers and a verbatim piece telling the stories of four female African refugees' harrowing journey to Australia, 'Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe'.

Feminist Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Bridget Christie leads the comedy line-up, while WOW's annual night of laughs and music, 'Mirth Control', will star Sarah Millican, Sandi Toksvig and Sue Perkins. Speakers will include Caitlin Moran, Eve Ensler, Annie Lennox, Juliet Stevenson, Gemma Cairney and Kirsty Wark and BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour will broadcast live from the festival all week.

The festival's mass speed mentoring event will return this year with up to 150 women at a time being mentored by 150 leading woman from across industries including medicine, journalism, the military, science, architecture and the arts.

Much of the line-up is still to be announced – check the WOW Festival website for more.

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