WOW festival begins on April 5

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Apr 02,2019 | Updated: 23:32, Apr 01,2019

 
 

Speakers brief on WOW festival at a press conference.— Sourav Lasker

In celebration of achievements of women and girls, two-day WOW Festival will kick off on April 5 on Bangla Academy premises.
British Council, in association with the WOW Foundation, UK, is organising the festival for the first time in Bangladesh.
The WOW (Women of the World) festival is a crucial platform in celebrating women’s achievements and contributions and in advancing woman, said speakers at a press conference held at British Council on Monday.
British Council deputy director Andrew Newton, British Council head of arts Nahin Idris, Mongol Deep founder Sara Zaker, founder of Bonhishikha Unlearn Gender Tasaffy Hossain were present at the press conference.
‘We are very happy to organize the first ever WOW Festival in Bangladesh. Theis a platform in advancing gender equality and in creating an inclusive, open and prosperous society,’ said Andrew Newton.
‘It advocates to create access and opportunity for women and girls around the world and build their skills and confidence to achieve their potential and have more influence over discussion that positively impacts their lives ’, Newton added.
‘Through all- inclusive national platform of WOW Dhaka, we hope to shine a spotlight on the city and the incredible people that live and work here, as well as showcase visiting speakers, performers, panelists and inspiring women from all corners of society’, said Nahin Idris.
‘We plan to reach everyone through a spirited and far reaching celebration of women and girls’ achievements by encouraging the sharing of women’s stories to explore those obstacles that prevent from achieving their full potential’, Nahin added.
The festival will feature theatre shows, art exhibition, film screening, puppet show, performance arts exhibition, discussion, workshop, drumming for children and others.
WOW is an international festival that started in London in 2010. It is now a global festival expanding across five continents. It celebrates the achievements of women and girls and also focuses on sharing experiences and approaches to tackle continuing inequalities and discrimination faced by them in society.

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