Women of the World tour with Jude Kelly comes to Twickenham this autumn

The Women of the World foundation will kick off its tour in Twickenham this autumn with a brand new live series The WOW Show with founder Jude Kelly CBE.

The WOW Show comes to The Exchange in Twickenham on October 10th and will spotlight local heroes nominated by their community.

In the countdown to WOW’s 15th anniversary, WOW’s founder and acclaimed theatre director Jude Kelly will be inviting conversation around our journey towards gender equity with audiences at theatres across the country. 

Kelly said: “I’m excited to be hitting the road with WOW and heading off on tour.

“Wherever WOW is in the world, the thing I enjoy most is meeting local heroines and unearthing stories of the incredible things people are doing in their communities.”

Making you say WOW: Jude Kelly CBE will host the new shows.

Over the last 13 years WOW’s Festivals have developed a reputation as a space for world renowned artists, activists, thinkers and performers to come and participate alongside thousands of women and girls without big public profiles who are making meaningful change.

Big names include Angela Davis, Malala Yousafzai, Annie Lennox, Patrick Stewart, Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Salma Hayek.

This tour marks WOW’s new partnership with ESK Productions and will see Kelly share the stage with a different line-up of special guests to be announced at each venue.

Each evening will include personal anecdotes, big picture analysis and tales of incredible women who have changed the course of history whilst also crowdsourcing burning issues that local audiences raise.

The shows will cover everything from money, sex, race, food, ageing and more.

In the lead up to WOW’s anniversary, Kelly wants to celebrate people who are making change happen.

She said: “It’s WOW’s 15th anniversary in 2025, and although we are far from having a gender equal society, there is still a huge amount to celebrate.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the people that are making change happen in their local towns and cities, and joining with audiences as we celebrate together this autumn.”

Details of how to nominate a local hero in your community to appear on the show and of all guests who will appear on the show will be announced later in the year. 

The WOW show will also visit Chipping Norton, Brighton, York and Bradford in October. 

To date, WOW has reached five million people in 45 locations on six continents. 

Founded in 2010, WOW Festivals and events celebrate women, girls and non-binary people and take a look at the obstacles they face.

The WOW show with Kelly follows recent WOW Festivals in Rotherham and Manchester in the UK, and in Pakistan, Nepal, Turkey, Greece and Australia.

Tickets for the show in Twickenham go on sale on June 14th.

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