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WOW - Women of the World Festival in Rotherham wraps up its second year with a spectacular one-day celebration

Posted by: Sam Pegg
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IMAGE: WOW - Women of the World Rotherham Festival 2023 (Credits: Kyte Photography)

The highly anticipated WOW - Women of the World Festival concluded its second year in Rotherham on Saturday, June 10th, leaving a trail of inspiration and empowerment. This year the festival witnessed an impressive turnout of 3000 attendees in a single day

The festival, held across the town’s centre, brought together women, girls, and non-binary individuals for captivating workshops, talks, performances, concerts, and exciting pop-ups.


The festival's diverse and inspiring schedule catered to a wide range of interests. With engaging talks covering critical topics, such as gender equality, parenting and childcare, work and skills, diversity and a warm welcome, body positivity, safety, gender identity and sexuality, mental health and wellbeing, and multiple interactive and exciting activities for all guests.


From free workshops like life drawing, making exploding rainbows, festival-inspired temporary tattoos, and zine making, to yoga sessions, aerial hoops, and the contagious energy of a silent disco, there was something for everyone to enjoy. As well as all the music performances from 12 local artists in different genres were unforgettable highlights of the day.

IMAGE: Compact Disco and their oversized disco ball made entirely from old CDs (Credits: Kyte Photography)


Speaking about the festival, Helen Jones from Flux Rotherham said: “We couldn't be more delighted with the success of the WOW Rotherham festival and the incredible impact it has had on the WOW community that we are building. It's inspiring to see how the festival has developed and grown and used Town Centre businesses and outdoor sites this year. We’re looking forward to talking to all of our community partners and ambassadors to plan for the future!"


Leanne Buchan, Rotherham Council’s Head of Creative & Programming & Engagement said: “It was fantastic to see Rotherham Town Centre brought to life in this wonderful celebration of women and non-binary communities. To have local businesses at the heart of our events is vital to the future of the Town Centre and it has been a pleasure to work alongside cafe?s, shops and communities to not only celebrate the festival but to shine a light on the businesses that are here all year round.”


For more information about WOW Festival, please visit their website at

IMAGE: Mimbre acrobatic theatre - Lifted performance (Credits: James Mulkeen)





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