About WOW Festival

Women of the World (WOW) is a Southbank Centre festival which celebrates women and girls and raises awareness globally of the issues they face, as well as creating possible solutions. WOW is one of the leading international festivals which takes place in five continents, and the Southbank Centre have partnered with the British Council to bring WOW festival to South Asia. 

WOW is a free event for everyone. Featuring talks and debates, music and performance, networking and a marketplace, the programme brings together people from all corners of society – both speakers and audience members – to speak about how they are making the world a fairer place and why it matters. WOW is a platform where hundreds of women’s stories can be shared, minds inspired, and fun had. 

 British Council is bringing Women of the World (WOW) Festival to Bangladesh in April 2019.

About WOW Chapters

The 2019 WoW festival programme will be planned through a series of divisional WOW chapters in July – October 2018 across four locations: Rajshahi; Rangpur; Khulna; and Sylhet. These all inclusive community events are for women and men, teenagers and children, and could include panel discussions, workshops and performances. These divisional WOW chapters will inform the programme design of next year’s full-scale festival.

The Opportunity: WOW Chapters

This is an open call for curators to design the divisional WoW chapters which will take place between July – October 2018 in four locations. We encourage proposals which cover multiple locations. 

The total budget per chapter is BDT 600,000 and must cover the designing, commissioning and network promotion of the WOW chapter. The selected curators will be supported by the British Council arts team on all aspects of the programme. A separate event management company will be selected to handle venue management and logistics.

Curating a WOW chapter is a great opportunity to gain further professional experience on the theme of women and girls, working with an international team to realise your own ambitions on this topic in a community.


 Experience of working on gender issues:  curators must have experience working with women and girl related issues and/or social action projects centered around gender equality or diversity in Bangladesh

Strong local networks: the selected curators are expected to activate and engage with the local community on topics related to woman and girls, and so an existing network in the chosen location is required.

Britsh Council

British Council is the world’s leading cultural relations organisation and creates opportunities for people in the UK and worldwide to understand each other, to work together and learn from one another. We see this as crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all. We build trust and understanding between different countries and cultures and develop strong international links that are of benefit to people in Britain and the rest of the world. We call this work cultural relations. 

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames in London. Created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, Southbank Centre draws on its heritage as a festival site, with art and activities inside and outside. Southbank Centre encourages everyone to become involved in the arts in new and creative ways and passionately believes the arts have the power to transform lives.

How To Apply

To apply, curators must submit a completed application form and budget by 26 May 2018 

For any query 

Contact Tanvir Alim, Project Manager Arts on tanvir.alim@bd.britishcouncil.org

Submission of WOW Curators Call Application and the budget

Email to Salman.Shahriar@bd.britishcouncil.org