WOW Dhaka 2019 is a two-day festival that will take place on 5 and 6 April at Bangla Academy, Dhaka. We have a range of activities on each of the festival day, through which we will celebrate the achievements of women and girls and look at some of the obstacles they face across the world.

The timing of the two-day programme are:

Day Time
5 April 2019 03:30 pm to 06:30 pm
6 April 2019 10:30 am to 08:00 pm

Venue:

Bangla Academy
03 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue,
Ramna, Dhaka - 1000

Learn more about each activity of the festival below:

Panel Discussions

06 April 2019

Discussion Topic: Are Men and Women Equal in the Eyes of the Law?
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Venue: Auditorium

Discussion Topic: সম্মতি, অনুমতি, সায়ওসম্পর্ক Men and Masculinity

Time: 12:30 pm – 01:30 pm
Venue: Outdoor stage

Discussion Topic: নারীবাদ কি? বোঝা, না বোঝা
Time: 02:30 pm – 03:30 pm
Venue: Outdoor stage

Discussion Topic:  ভালো মেয়ের সংজ্ঞা
Time: 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Venue: Outdoor stage

WOW Bites – Short talks, stories and performances

25 female bites speakers have been selected to make a mixed pool of speakers made up of people from diverse backgrounds, having varied experiences and from all walks of life. Each speaker will have 10 minutes to tell their story under the theme of ‘Dreaming Unconventionally’.

5 April 2019

Session 1
TIme: 04:30 pm – 06:30 pm
Venue: WOW Bites corner

06 April 2019

Session 2
TIme: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Session 3
TIme: 12:45 pm – 02:15 pm

Session 4
TIme: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm

Venue: WOW Bites corner

Speed Mentoring

We will have speed mentoring sessions for four main themes: 1. career in sports 2. career in music and the arts 3. mental health and well-being, and 4. a career in the Digital World. The mentors from each of the themes will give each mentntee one-to-one speed mentoring sessions that will last for about 7-8 minutes.

06 April 2019

 

Session 1: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Session 2: 12:30 pm –  02:00 pm
Session 3: 02:15 pm – 03:45 pm

Venue: Speed mentoring stage

Under 10's Feminist corner

05 April 2019

Film screening for kids
Time: 04:30 pm – 05:30 pm

Venue: Under 10's Feminist Corner

6 April 2019

Sisimpur Walkaround 
Time: 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Beats under 10
Time: 11:00 am – 11:30 am

HerStories
Time: 11:45 am – 01:15 pm

Beats Under 10
Time: 01:15 pm – 01:45 pm

Under 10's Feminist Workshop for Girls
Time: 02:00 pm – 03:00 pm

Sisimpur Walkaround
Time: 03:00 pm – 03:15 pm

Under 10's Feminist Workshop for Boys
Time: 03:15 pm – 04:15 pm

Venue: Under 10's Feminist corner

Pop-up performances

5 April 2019

Film Screening: The Man Who Died Once
Time: 05:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Venue: Outdoor stage

Theatre: Fearless
Time: 05:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Venue: Auditorium

Art Exhibition of 'Lingering Scars' by Farzana Hossen and 'Identity: Body and Soul' by Mohosin Kabir
Time: 03:30 pm – 06:30 pm
Venue: Art zone

6 April 2019

Art Exhibition of 'Lingering Scars' by Farzana Hossen and 'Identity: Body & Soul' by Mohosin Kabir
Time: 10:30 am – 06:30 pm
Venue: Art zone

Art Performance by Sumona Akter's ‘Women, Slow Down’, and by Joydeb Roaja 

Time: 10:30 am – 06:30 pm

Venue: Art zone

Film Screening: আঁখি ও তার বন্ধুরা
Time: 12:30 pm – 02:30 pm
Venue: Auditorium

Puppet Show: মুক্তি আলোয় আলোয়’ ... I am the light
Time: 03:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Venue: Auditorium

Workshops

5 April 2019

Workshop on Music production
Time: 04:30 pm – 06:30 pm
Venue: Vascar Novera exhibition hall

Crowdfunding for a Cause
Time: 04:30 pm – 06:30 pm
Venue:  Seminar room

I Can Protect Me
Time: 04:30 pm – 06:30 pm
Venue:  Speed mentoring corner

6 April 2019

Power Walk
Time: 11:15 am – 11:45 am
Venue:  Vascar Novera exhibition hall

Career Counseling for Young Women

Time:12:15 PM- 1:15 PM

Venue:  Vascar Novera exhibition hall

I Can Protect Me
Time: 01:45 pm – 03:45 pm
Venue:  Vascar Novera exhibition hall

 Is the Internet Meant for Wome: Interlinking online and offline worlds
Time: 11:15 pm – 01:15 pm
Venue: Seminar room

1.    Let’s Talk About Consent

Time: 01:45 pm – 03:45 pm

Venue: Seminar room

Market place

5 and 6 April 2019

The WOW marketplace will be home to a range of carefully selected stalls providing information, raising awareness, showcasing work, and selling their goods. Visitors can access information, do some shopping, participate in activities, discover creative products, network with others and enjoy the general feel of the festival. 

Stalls will be set up in the marketplace. Some of the stalls are not-for-profit ventures who will use the stall space to provide information and conduct workshops to raise awareness about their cause.

Music concerts

6 April 2019

Time: 05:30 pm – 08:00 pm

A mix of music and theatrics, the concert will have a theme that will portray a fictional society which is run by matriarchy. The concert seeks to bring out the struggles women face in the music industry. Well-known musician Armeen Musa is directing the show, and guest artists will include Elita, Sovvota, Kangalini Sufia and F Minor (a female group from the hill tracts) amongst others. They will each play 2 songs, with Armeen’s directed Ghaashphoring Choir performing 3 songs. There will be a total of about 10-12 songs, along with a theatrical display.

The Kathmandu Killers from Nepal will also be performing at the concert.

Venue: Outdoor stage