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8 May, 2022


THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD (WOW) festival is coming to Cairns on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, to celebrate the lives of women and girls in Far North Queensland.

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Head to Bulmba-ja Arts Centre next Friday and Saturday and enjoy a range of workshops, conversations, performances and exhibitions. 

Special guests include the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO. 

Ms Oscar will be speaking in the ‘When the ‘Icebergs are Melting’ session, exploring ideas of leadership and women tackling challenges. 

She will also host a workshop giving an overview of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani Report, including its key themes, significance and findings, and the actions and structural changes necessary for implementation to build momentum for First Nations gender justice. 

The Opening Night Concert on Friday will feature an awe-inspiring lineup of performances, including the serenading sounds of the Marliya Choir from Spinifex Gum, the unique choreography of Miriki Performing Arts, a musical collaboration curated by accomplished singer, songwriter and rapper Naomi Wenitong with local young women, followed by Poly Sisters of AustraNesia curated by AustraNesia visionary, Rubina Kimiia, a fivepiece local soulful and harmonic Polynesian powerhouse with soulful original songs, harmonies, grooves, stories, and spirit to leave you inspired. 

The WOW Marketplace will be open all day Saturday. It will feature many women-owned businesses selling artisan goods, handmade jewellery and clothes, products for face and body, and information stalls. In addition, there will be food and drink available and beautiful performances to enjoy. 

The marketplace’s highlight will be the WOW Healing Space which draws on traditions, healing and ceremonies practised by women across cultures and centuries.

Across Saturday, you can take part in a range of workshops and panel conversations, including topics such as economic security for Cairns and Far North Queensland, how to be a Bystander when dealing with coercive control, and learn how to make your own podcast. 

Join ‘Deadly Inspiring Youth Doing Good’ and experience their Uluru Statement from the Heart advocacy training designed to support all Australians to walk together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for a better future. 

The Funny Mummies Cabaret Spectacular takes place on Saturday night to finish it all off. Starring comedian Jenny Wynter and special guests, join a ‘giggle of mums’ and relax after a packed couple of days! 

Weekend passes are available, or people can purchase tickets just for the Opening Night Event or Funny Mummies comedy show. The marketplace is free entry and open to the public from 9am to 5pm. 

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