Culture

On this Day in Hull... 10 March 2017

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Hull celebrated girl power on this day on 2017 as the Women Of the World Festival opened as part of the City of Culture programme.

The Women Of the World – or WOW - festival was a three day event featuring talks, debates, music, film, comedy and activism that celebrated women and girls and took a frank look at what stops them from achieving their potential.

Based on the premise that an equal world is a better world for everyone, WOW was designed as a celebration not only of women and girls but of equality in all its forms.

Since being founded in 2010 at London’s Southbank Centre WOW has become a global movement with festivals taking place on five continents from Pakistan to Finland and New York to Sydney.

The Hull festival featured performers and speakers including the city’s own Maureen Lipman, comedian Lucy Beaumont and female boxing pioneer Barbara Buttrick who was known by the name of The Mighty Atom during her fighting career.

The festival closed with a red carpet gala performance of Viceroy’s House, a film about the end of British rule in India starring Gillian Anderson and Hugh Bonneville and was attended by its director Gurinder Chadha, of Bend It Like Beckham-fame.

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