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WOW (Women of the World) Australia – Celebrating the voices of women and girls across Queensland

WOW Australia will deliver a series of events across Queensland in 2021 as an alternative to the multi-day Brisbane based WOW Australia Festival. In this smaller-scale format, WOW will continue to pursue its mission of enabling women and girls to create tangible change in their communities. A range of gatherings and activities will celebrate the achievements of women and girls living in remote and regional areas and build program ideas for another major Festival in Brisbane in 2022.

Future is Female, with Commonwealth Secretary-General The Right Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC, WOW Festival 2018. Photo courtesy Of One Mind.

The regional events are expected to create opportunities for engagement for thousands of participants. In addition, public performances will be hosted in each location, driving tourism and leisure industries, as well as supporting the careers of Queensland artists. Much of the program will be supported with online offerings from WOW, allowing these events to have far-reaching impact across Queensland, Australia and the world.

Each of the events will see a partnership with a regional or remote organisation, building local capacity, as well as enabling knowledge exchange between rural and urban change-makers. Locations will be finalised following a series of WOW ThinkIn consultative events, which will take place between September and November 2020. The full program of dates and locations for 2021 will be released in December.

The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation (TFFF) supports Brisbane-based non-profit company Of One Mind to deliver the WOW 2021 touring program in regional Queensland and the Northern Territory. TFFF recognises the role WOW celebrations play in building the capacity of communities and ensuring strong representation of regional women’s voices alongside their metropolitan counterparts.