Upcoming Events

WOW FESTIVAL DERRY-LONDONDERRY 2016

 
FRIDAY 30TH OF SEPTEMBER
 

downloadMARY BOYLE: THE UNTOLD STORY

**5.30pm in The Nerve Centre (Magazine Street) FREE

Mary Boyle - The Untold Story is an award-winning documentary about Ireland’s longest and youngest missing person. Mary was six when she vanished on her grandparents’ remote farm in Cashelard, Donegal in March 1977. The film reveals allegations of political interference in the early days after the murder. Gemma O’Doherty is a multi award-winning investigative journalist. She is best known for her work on the Fr Niall Molloy murder, which has been described in Leinster House as the biggest coverup in the history of the Irish state. She was fired from her job in 2013 after exposing that the ex Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan had his penalty points wiped. She is now a documentary maker specialising in exposing corruption in the criminal justice system. There will be a Q and A with film maker Gemma O'Doherty aferwards, and a panel discussion which will look at how women and girls have been seen as disposable by the Irish state and how those who speak out have been silenced, dismissed or discredited.

 
SATURDAY 1ST OCTOBER
 

THE WOW REVELRY CABARETwowrevelry

8-10pm The Playhouse Theatre £10 (all proceeds for WOW 2017)

We cordially invite you to join us for a specially curated evening of merrymaking for lovers of music, comedy, opera, poetry, dance and performance of all kinds.  Headlined by the 11 piece soul/funk orchestra Velvet Alibi and featuring a host of fabulous artists such as Madonna Kebab, Stage Beyond and comedy with Diane Greer.  This delightfully diverse and diverting festival fundraiser will tickle even the most forbidding of fancies.

Dress up, dress down, dress sideways.  Whatever be they will.  But bring yer ears and eyes and heart to drink, thy fill of art and joy and all assorted devilry.  Take up the cause of jubilation and JOIN THE REVELRY!

Tickets available from The Playhouse Theatre
All events in The Playhouse Theatre
  profilepic For any workshops that require prebooking please email: hello@wowderrylondonderry.com to book. 

WELCOME TO WOW 2016

1.00pm - 1.15pm - The Theatre

WOW Derry-Londonderry is one of over 20 WOW festivals happening around the world.  Come and hear about the impact WOW is making locally and globally in this introductory session with Claudia Merhej from WOW London at Southbank Centre and Taryn Gleeson Executive Producer of WOW Derry-Londonderry.

 

THE BORDER, BREXIT AND THE ART OF BUTTER SMUGGLING

1.15pm - 2.30pm The Theatre

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Will we see a return of smuggling groceries across the border?  Local women including Diane Greer and Miriam Baustista Pascua share their memories of the hard border and political commentator Adrianne Peltzi discusses the possible outcomes of Brexit.  Chaired by Derry journalist Leona O'Neill.

 

NONSTRICTLY

1.00pm - 1.50pm Gallery

A noncompetitive gentle movement class for EVERY body type/shape and size.  Learn a simple dance sequence with no pressure, no stress!  Bring yourself and a smile.  Led by Janie Doherty who is a core ensemble member of Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company.

 

EXPRESS YOURSELF!

1.00pm - 1.40pm Actor's Studio

A Toddle091022_Toddler-Craftsr Paint and Dance session.  An invitation for toddlers to get their groove on while painting at this fun workshop led by local artist Charlotte Gordon.  All toddlers must be accompanied by an adult and kids are advised to wear old clothes.  Pre booking is advised.

     
WOW BITES

2.45pm - 3.45pm The Theatre

WOW Bites are short inspirational talks from and about women.

We have two new great additions to WOW BITES - Syrian woman Shireen Ali will be speaking about life in Syria, life as a refugee and relocating to Derry - Londonderry.  Anne Friel will also be speaking about life as a traveller woman.

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Margaretta D'Armargarettacy is an Irish actor, writer, playwright, poet, film maker, radio broadcaster and peace activist.  D'Arcy has been a member of the Irish Aosdána since its inauguration and is known for addressing Irish freedom and neutrality, civil liberties, and women's rights in her work.  She has served a number of prison sentences for her activism and ha become known in Ireland as the Guantanamo Granny.

 

CANCER ON THE OUTSIDE, ME ON THE INSIDE

Local woman Gwyneth Doherty was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and had a tumor behind her eye.  Treatment involved moving to another city and spending 4 months in isolation.  Gwen's talk touches on her stem cell transplant, cannabis use, kinky selfies and finding joy in baldness.

 

 PARENTING AN AUTISTIC CHILD

Katy McCafferty hails from the East End of London and is now a resident of Donegal.  She has one son with Autism and one with Asperger's.   Katy speaks frankly about the challenges of raising children with special needs while maintaining a sense of self and continuing to hellraise and agitate.

 

THE POWER OF THEATRE

Kathleen McCreery is an Irish-Canadian theatre artist and writer.  Kathleen was a broadcaster and TV presenter in the USA in the 1960s and took part in the historic mar1c1e0e9ch from Selma to Montgomery.  She co-founded two political theatre companies in the UK, and recently, Bread and Roses Theatre in Donegal.  The company’s mental health montage will be showcased at An Grianan Theatre November 23.  Kathleen worked with street children in Ghana, and with theatre and dance companies, writers and publishers in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Lesotho.  She has written many plays including Flight Paths which deals with asylum seekers and refugees.

       

ACTIVISM COLLAGE WORKSHOP

2.00pm - 2.50pm Gallery

Change the world through art at this simple hands on workshop using collage as a means to create art with a message.  Finished works will be copied and used in a zine for WOW 2017.

'DISTURBING THE COMFORTABLE' PRINT WORKSHOP

2pm - 3.30pm CCA

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'Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable'.  Learn the basics of screen printing and print your own activist t-shirt and tote bag.  Suitable for age 11+ prebooking is advised.

       

SOCIAL MEDIA AND WOMEN - A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD?

3.00pm - 4.30pm Gallery

Are the trolls winning and pushing women off the internet?  Ghostbusters, Mad Max, racism on Twitter and sexism on Facebook are pitted against the important role social media is playing in promoting equality.  Locally social media has been used successfully to highlight women's fight for reproductive control and body autonomy.  Equality Studies Lecturer Francine Blache Breen, Women's right's activist Goretti Horgan and student Divya Ravikumar will discuss if reclaiming the internet is possible.  Chaired by Catriona Mullan.  Michelle Marie who recently took over the @Ireland twitter account and received a torrent of racial abuse will also be joining this panel discussion.

 

UNDER 10'S EQUALITY CORNER

3pm - 4pm Actor's Studio

This session is for children of any gender aged 10 and under who think girls should have the same rights and opportunities as boys.  Join other children for this fun and interactive workshop exploring what feminism is and how to start a campaign of your own from your bedroom.  Pre booking is advised.  

VISIBILITY AND VOICE - EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN PUBLISHING

4pm - 5.15pm Theatre

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A recent Australian study showed that male authors worldwide were more likely to win awards and are significantly more likely to be included on course syllabuses at both high school and tertiary levels.  This panel explores the importance of diverse voices being given equal space in all areas of the publishing industry.  With Candice Carty Williams who is Senior Marketing Executive for Vintage Books, Jennifer Yong, project editor at the school for Oriental Studies, local author Hilary McCollum and Publisher Cat Crossley of Calvis and Claustra.

 

DEBUNKING THE MAD WITCH MYTH

4.15pm - 5.15pm Actor's Studio

How does misogyny affect women's mental health?  Women are 40% more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health condition than men and yet their suffering is often minimized, dismissed, mocked or silenced.  This panel discusses these issues and looks at options, solutions and actions for increasing women's emotional well being.  Special guest Professor Siobhan O'Neill will be joining us for the panel discussion.

There will be a short performance by a Hoola Hoop troupe that have all had mental health issues. They have created a piece about mental health that will be performed before this panel.
 

MAKE A LUSH PRODUCT

4.30p - 5.30pm Art Roomdownload

LUSH Belfast return to Derry-Londonderry and are running a workshop to teach you how to make your own LUSH product.  Cost is £5 and pre booking is advised.   FULLY BOOKED!  Thank you for your interest.  Don't forget Lush will be selling their products at the WOW Market at the festival.  1-4.30pm so be sure to pick something up for yourself and see what else is on offer!

 

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN OF DERRY-LONDONDERRY AND DONEGAL

4.45pm - 5.15pm Gallery

WOW Derry-Londonderry invited members of the public to share their stories about extraordinary women they know or have known.  The submissions from this call out join stories collected by Mel Bradley for 'The Kitchen Table Project' and are read aloud by local women.  This session is curated by Mel Bradley and is chaired by author Jane Talbot of Women Aloud.

 

PICK OF THE FESTIVAL

5.30 - 6.00pm Theatre

Miss something at WOW this year and want a run down on what you missed?  Join panelists and facilitators from the festival's various events for this round up of all that makes WOW Derry-Londonderry so special.  Chaired by Taryn Gleeson.


ALL DAY EVENTS
 

WOW COMMUNITY ROOM

Throughout the day the community room is open and available for people to meet, relax, talk and share.  Watch out for pop up performances by the Literary Ladies who are also hosting a book swap in the room from 2-3pm so do bring along any unwanted books.

WOW MARKET

1.00 - 4.30pm

The WOW Market is the heart of the festival.  Indulge the senses at the LUSH stall, try on some vintage threads, buy a book from Little Acorns or treat your inner Feminista at the WOW Femme Shop.

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WOW EXHIBITIONS
 

'NORMALITIES' PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION IN THE PLAZA

Audrey Gillespie is a photographer whose work seeks to question and challenge gender normalities, embrace 'ungendered' colour and tackle issues such as homophobia and sexism.

THE TABLE FROM THE KITCHEN TABLE PROJECT

To celebrate International Women's Day this year Eden Place Arts Centre, The Rainbow Project, Tullyally Young Women's Group, Strathfoyle Positive Ageing Programme and Galliagh Women's Group created 'The Kitchen Table'.  The project combines visual art, oral storytelling, creative writing and spoken word to create an exhibition culminating in a carved kitchen table on display at The Playhouse during the festival.  The project was funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

 
 
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