Presented in partnership with Maribyrnong City Council, WOW CAFÉ is a lush and inviting pop-up venue on the lawns of FCAC. WOW Café offers a free-to-the-public curated program featuring festival highlights such as conversations, short talks and performances.
Join us for a daily taste of WOW – Women of the World Festival Melbourne, in association with Happy River Café. All events are free and held at the WOW Café. Drinks and food available.
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 Co-Director of Nuholani Polynesian Dance and producer of Vaiusu Creators Space Fipe Preuss. 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
Do you know how to back a trailer or ask for a payrise? These short ‘How to’ sessions will 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 WOW Melbourne edition of the Game Changers Conversation Series, we take a gender 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’.
Mum is the Medicine Showcase
WHEN: Thursday 23 March, 7pm – 7:30pm
A showcase of creative work by artist Elaine Crombie, developed during our Mum is the Medicine residency.
A Marathon, Not a Sprint
WHEN: Friday 24 March, 1pm – 2:30pm
Women’s sport is finally starting to get the attention it deserves, but recent achievements don’t mean the race is run. Hear from a range of motivating speakers including Susan Alberti AC, Carol Fox, Dr Clare Hanlon and Lewis Martin.
WOW Shorts: Women in Film
WHEN: Friday 24 March, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Join feminist filmmaker and activist Saba Vasefi in conversation with WOW Shorts curator Louise Malcolm (Festival Director of tilde: Melbourne Trans and Gender Diverse Film Festival) as they discuss 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
The culmination of the Women Art and Politics residency program for South Asian, Southeast Asian and Australian visual and performing artists. We asked ‘What does it mean to be a woman in art and politics in our current times?’ Expect spoken word poetry, performance and an insight into cross-cultural collaboration.
WHEN: Saturday 25 March, 1pm – 2pm
The Lifted Brow’s popular Mixtape Memoirs series asks contributors to talk to their favourite song or album and how 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.
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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