Wow is the right word for Brisbane's latest fest: the Women of the World Festival. Returning to the city as part of the Commonwealth Games' cultural offshoot, aka The Festival, WOW is all about celebrating ladies being awesome. It might sound obvious, but it's never a bad time to showcase the ace feats achieved by women — while also exploring the issues that still remain around gender equality.
Taking place from April 6 to 8 at the Brisbane Powerhouse, WOW will feature women from more than 20 Commonwealth nations, taking part in talks, performances, exhibitions, workshops and panels, plus speed mentoring sessions, yoga classes, skateboarding, Femi-oke and more. There'll also be a healing space and a marketplace, including meditation and shopping (and both, if that's what helps you de-stress).
Highlights include Hot Brown Honey's return, interactive feminism sessions for kids under 10, a panel on the politics of hair, and classes on everything from juggling, journalling and dance to using tools and online safety. Or, mosey on over to New Farm Park on April 7 for The Beautiful Game, a creative take on football and its roots featuring armour, an oversized football and bike-riding referees.