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WOW: Women of the World

A project with the Southbank Centre to support communities across the UK in developing their own Women of the World festivals.

The project in numbers


Project spend

January 2016 – March 2020

Project duration

WOW Foundation

Grantee organisation

Women of the World festivals

  • Project spend: £722,708
  • Project duration: 2 years

WOW festivals celebrate women and girls, bringing people together to discuss the obstacles stopping them from achieving their potential. They are a tool for social change, and our WOW Spirit festivals aimed to reach some of the most marginalised voices in society, helping them to get actively involved in their local communities, and to improve their wellbeing.

Spirit funded a project to expand the WOW events across the UK, with local people taking responsibility for the planning and delivery of the events. The first regional WOW Festival was held in Bradford in 2016, with a further nine festivals in five locations including Exeter, Pert, Norwich and Cardiff between 2016-19.

WOW: What Now?

  • Project spend: £20,000
  • Project duration: 1 year

Spirit partnered with the WOW Foundation to fund WOW: What Now?, a programme to develop WOW’s theory of change.

A theory of change allowed WOW to develop a framework for measuring, capturing and documenting their impact, and explore the ways in which its programme has turned the ‘moments’ of its festival events into a movement for change.

WOW: What Now? built on Spirit’s grant for the Women of the World Festivals and enabled them to participate in the research for Moment to Movement, which is about creating long-term sustainable change from an event or series of events.

Project aims

  1. Bring together women and girls to improve their wellbeing and get them involved in their local communities
  2. Help WOW Foundation develop a theory of change to turn moments into movements.

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