A lush and inviting pop-up venue on the lawns of FCAC, WOW Café offers a free-to-the-public curated program of WOW Melbourne highlights, including conversations, dance sessions, short talks and performances. It is a daily taste of WOW Melbourne for everyone.
WHEN: Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March
VENUE: FCAC Lawns
WOW Café Program:
WHEN: Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March, 9am – 9:15am and 11am – 11:15am
Esther Tuddenham, Sarah Ellis and Hannah Bradsworth will step you through a diva pop playlist to die for. Join them for inspired moves to get you moving for the day ahead.
WHEN: Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March, 11:30am – 1pm
Snippets of talk, music and poetry from selected WOW artists and speakers.
Dance and Connection
WHEN: Thursday 23 March, 1pm – 2pm
Curated by Fipe Preuss, Co Director of Nuholani Polynesian Dance and producer of Vaiusu Creators Space. Part dance, part talk, part connection and a permission to disconnect from the outside and tune into our bodies ability to tell stories beyond our own words.
WHEN: Thursday 23 March, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Can you reverse a trailer or fold a fitted sheet? Do you know how live without your mobile or ask for a raise? Want to know how to hold a conversation or be more compassionate? These short ‘How to’ sessions will cover a range of topics designed to make life just that little bit easier as told by people who have done the hard work for you.
(Dis) Placed: A woman’s experience of gentrification
WHEN: Thursday 23 March, 6pm – 7pm
In this Women of the World edition of the Game Changers Conversation Series, we explore the quickly shifting landscape of people, community and culture in Melbourne’s West. The panel will take a gendered lens to exploring the social and economic impacts of gentrification, the housing crisis and development while visioning how growth and community can co-exist in the ‘new west’. The Game Changers Conversation Series is produced by Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council as part of the Footscray University Town initiative.
Mum is the Medicine Showcase
WHEN: Thursday 23 March, 7pm – 7:30pm
A showcase of creative work by artist Elaine Crombie, developed during Mum is the Medicine residency.
A Marathon, Not a Sprint
WHEN: Friday 24 March, 1pm – 2pm
Women’s sport is finally starting to get the attention it deserves but recent achievements don’t mean the race is run. Building on the hard work of many, the challenge is to keep momentum and ensure that women’s sport continues to grow in a way that is aspirational, supportive, respectful and safe for women. Hear from a range of inspiring speakers including Susan Alberti AC, Carol Fox, Dr Clare Hanlon and Lewis Martin who have each been intimately involved in the advancing women’s sport as advocates, supporters, administrators, athletes and broadcasters.
WOW Shorts: Women in Film
WHEN: Friday 24 March, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Join feminist filmmaker, poet and Creative Director of Bridge for Asylum Seekers Foundation Saba Vasefi in conversation with WOW Shorts curator Louise Malcolm (Festival Director, tilde: Melbourne Trans and Gender Diverse Film Festival) as they discuss women in film and Vasefi’s short film Beyond My Father’s Shadow, the story of Edith Cowan, Australia’s first female parliamentarian.
Women, Art and Politics Showcase
WHEN: Friday 24 March, 5:30pm – 7pm
Come along and see the culmination of the two-week Women Art and Politics residency program for South Asian, Southeast Asian and Australian visual and performing artists. The event will feature the launch of their collaborative paste-up work and outcomes of their creative lab. Expect spoken word poetry, performance and an insight in cross-cultural collaboration.
WHEN: Saturday 25 March, 1pm – 2pm
The Lifted Brow’s popular Mixed Tape series asks contributors to talk to their favourite song or album and why it changed their life.
Postcard to my future self
WHEN: Saturday 25 March, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
A series of verbal postcards from the year 2030 by young people and organisations close to the FCAC community on how they imagine our collective futures. Featuring young speakers from Melbourne’s West including Footscray City College students and young women in the Lead On Again program.
WOW Café is presented by Maribyrnong City Council as part of WOW – Women of the World Festival Melbourne.
A Marathon, Not a Sprint is presented by Victoria University.
(Dis) Placed: A woman’s experience of gentrification is co-produced in partnership with Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council.
Women, Art and Politics is supported by Arts Centre Melbourne through Creative Victoria for Asia TOPA. Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne, and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.
1- Fipe Preuss