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WOW Apollo (photo by Shahar Azran, all images courtesy the Apollo Theater)

Next week, the Apollo Theater presents the Women of the World (WOW) Festival, in partnership with the WOW Foundation to celebrate the women and girls of Harlem and the world. The festival, which runs from March 12–17 consists of performances, conversation, and activism meant to unite women and explore issues affecting women around the world.

One of the many panels at the WOW Festival 2018 (photo by Shahar Azran)

Invited guests include educator and activist Angela Davis, musician Alice Smith, finance expert Suze Orman, producer dream hampton, White House Correspondent April Ryan, and poet Nikki Giovanni, among many others. Attendees can participate in workshops and activities; view performances with artists, writers, thinkers, and activists; and take part in conversations meant to focus on empowerment and activism.

WOW was founded in 2010 by Jude Kelly, who in 2018 created the WOW Foundation. Currently, there are over 60 festivals on five continents. A full schedule of events for next week’s festival can be found on the Apollo website.

When: Tuesday, March 12–Sunday, March 17, various times
Where: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, Harlem, Manhattan

Deena ElGenaidi

Deena ElGenaidi is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Camden in 2016, and her work has appeared in Longreads, Electric Literature,...