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Five things to see at the Southbank Centre's Women of the World festival this weekend

Isabelle Aron

Heading to the Southbank Centre's annual Women of the World festival this weekend? Here are five things you won't want to miss.

1. An Evening of Conversation with Annie Lennox

Eurythmics frontwoman Annie Lennox will be giving her vocal chords a rest (from singing, at least), and speaking to artistic director of Southbank Centre and founder of WOW Jude Kelly about her experiences as an activist and campaigner for HIV and Aids awareness, as well as women’s rights. Royal Festival Hall. March 12, 7.30pm. 

2. Pube

As the name suggests, this is a show all about pubic hair. No giggling, at the back! You'll have to sign up in advance if you want to check it out as this is a one-on-one 45-minute performance, in which the lone audience member will collaborate with artist Eugénie Pastor to make a 'unique self-portrait'. Royal Retiring Room, Level 5 (Green Side) at Royal Festival Hall. March 13, 10.15am-6pm.

3. Speed mentoring

What's speed mentoring? It's like speed dating, except instead of five minutes of awkward small talk with someone you probably don't fancy, you get to spend four 15-minute slots speaking to different women from a panel of theatre directors, journalists, scientists, campaigners and artists. Level 5 Balcony Bar, Royal Festival Hall. March 12, 12.45pm.

4. Lips Choir

Take a break from all those talks and workshops and listen to some sweet, sweet music from the ace Lips Choir, a 75-strong all-female pop choir whose repertoire ranges from dance, dubstep and disco, to rock anthems and pop. Central Bar, Level 5. March 13, 11am and 12.30pm.

5. Women with Tattoos

Got a tattoo that means something special to you? The folks behind Women with Tattoos and Things & Ink magazine are hosting a pop-up photo booth at the Royal Festival Hall this Sunday, where you can get your tats photographed as part of their ongoing project and have a good old chat about the story behind your tattoos. Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. March 13, 11am-6pm.

The WOW festival is at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. £20 weekend day pass, £45 weekend pass.

Find out more about the Women of the World festival.

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