WOW Finland 2017 has ended. We would like to extend our warmest thanks to everyone who made our festival possible!

What WOW?

The WOW Programme is out now:

WOW Finland 2017 programme (PDF)

For further information about the programme, you can also check out  our programme site

What is WOW?

Women of the World Finland is an international festival, which aims at promoting gender equality and celebrating the achievements of women and girls in Finland turning 100 years in 2017.

Listen to influential and challenging speakers, participate in mentoring sessions and workshops, enjoy performances, dancing and movies. The WOW weekend offers an unique opportunity to take part in the discussion on equality, make an impact and help build a better future together.

The mission is to create a sense of community, generate opportunities and work together for a gender equal world. WOW creates a space where everyone can raise their voice and be heard. The festival gives an opportunity to listen to fascinating female artists and influentials, and even more important, to meet inspiring people, network and explore new enriching ideas, thoughts and partnerships.

The festival programme was planned in eleven Think-in workshops all over Finland, where nearly 700 people engaged in producing the content by proposing subjects and speakers for the festival. WOW Finland festival is produced by feminist think tank Hattu in association with the Finnish Institute in London and Tampere Hall.

The main event is held at Tampere Hall the weekend after the International Women’s day 11-12.3.2017.


From WOW Global to WOW Finland

The first WOW Festival took place at Europe’s largest Culture Centre, London Southbank Centre, in March 2011, to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day.

Since its launch WOW has grown internationally with 20 festivals across five continents to date and over one million women and girls, men and boys taking part. WOW Finland is developed in a close collaboration with WOW Global. The large WOW network includes both national and international influencers, London’s Southbank Centre is playing an important part in the cooperation.

The WOW festivals have attracted attention in the media all over the world, raising awareness about gender equality. Last year the twitter accounts of WOW Global reached out to more than 138.8 million people, doubling the amount from the year before.

Today WOW is more than a festival, it is an international movement that brings people together from all corners of society – both speakers and audience members – energising and providing the inspiration and tools to create change. Apart from the Southbank Centre in London, in the UK Cambridge, Cardiff, Derry-Londonderry, Essex and Folkstone have their own WOW Festivals. In Australia WOW is organised in Sydney, Brisbane and in the city of Kathrine, involving the Australian aboriginals. Also Alexandria in Egypt, Hargey in Somalia, Baltimore and New York in the U.S. have their own WOW Festivals. In Karach in Pakistan the WOW Festival is planned to be held a second year in a row, also Dhaka in Bangladesh and Mumbai in India are planning to organise a festival. In 2018 a WOW Commonwealth festival is held as a part of the Commonwealth Games on the Golden Coast of Australia.

WOW programme

The Festival engages national leaders and everyday heroes. WOW is for everyone. The Festival programme includes discussions, panel debates, presentations, talks, workshops, theater, music, film, stand-up comedy, dance and being together. It is bold and broad-based in its approach, both lively and serious, and feeds the demand to discuss anything and everything, from revolutionary women, economics, politics and health, sex, pop culture, sports and the arts.

The programme includes various discussions in English. For the full programme, please check



Video: WOW – Women of the World 2016 in Southbank Centre

Tarja Halonen by Lasse Keltto

President Tarja Halonen will participate in the Women of Vision panel Saturday 11th March (at 4 PM) and in the Naurunkarkailu-gaala hosted by Jenni Pääskysaari the same evening (11th March at 7PM).

Our Story (11.3. 14.30PM): Writer Jónína Leósdóttir and the former Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir tell their story.

Critically acclaimed monologue ”Play Rape” by Anna Paavilainen will be performed in Finnish with subtitles in English (12th March at 14.30PM)

Dance choreographer Sonya Lindfors (Dance like Beyoncé / Tanssi kuin Beyoncé 11.3. at 16PM)

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