September 22, 2023

Karachi (Muhammad Yasir) The British Council Pakistan is bringing the 6th model of WOW – Women of the World Competitors in collaboration with ECDI Pakistan and Olomopolo Media on Saturday 4 and Sunday, 5 March 2023 at Seaside Luxurious Lodge, Karachi. After two digital editions (in 2021 and 2022) that’s the main in-person WOW Competitors in three years.

The programme for the WOW pageant is basically probably the most quite a few and thrilling as a result of the pageant began and consists of dynamic panels, workshops, immersive performances, vibrant marketplaces and divulges for children. The pageant might also perform an art work exhibition, a drum circle, art work installations, and film screenings. The opening effectivity on the pageant will perform Shae Gill, the singer of ultimate yr’s largest hit ‘Pasoori’ and the closing effectivity is by Pakistan’s legendary singer Naseebo Lal.

Supplied in partnership with the WOW Foundation, the theme for the pageant this yr, is Ral Mil – the Seraiki phrase for coming collectively as a neighborhood. The theme ‘Ral Mil’ builds upon ideas of communities of care and imagines strategies to assemble greater, strengthen bonds, heal wounds, uncover pleasure, and salvage the earth from the outcomes of native climate change. Remaining yr Pakistan was ravaged by devastating floods. Numerous areas are nonetheless beneath water months later and the WOW Competitors needs to take advantage of the pageant building to begin to put the underside for the way in which we’ll come collectively to reflect, be taught, end in change and to heal.

Jill Richens, Director Arts South Asia, the British Council said: “We’re devoted in our work with girls and girls all through South Asia and picture that there are tens of thousands and thousands of inspiring girls who exemplify why empowerment, selection and having vital platforms for connection help shut gaps to gender equality. Our work inside the arts and strategic priorities assist girls’s voices and firm, and that is moreover why festivals like WOW pace up progress.”

Maarya Rehman, Deputy Director, British Council Pakistan said: “This yr we’re excited to present the most important and most formidable WOW Competitors ever and I am delighted that the pageant is returning in-person. WOW may have a very good time the power of women and girls to beat challenges significantly by the lens of native climate change which has badly affected Pakistan. I urge of us from all through Karachi to return and attend this glorious pageant.”

The WOW Competitors on the Seaside Luxurious Lodge is free and open to most of the people. All content material materials will in all probability be recorded and later archived on our YouTube channel. As in earlier years, the courses might also be interpreted in Pakistani Sign Language.

Jude Kelly, CEO & Founding father of The WOW Foundation, said: “WOW Festivals have always been about bringing basically probably the most pressing issues with the day to the forefront, and gathering collectively of us to debate choices and assemble neighborhood. After the devastating outcomes of native climate change seen in Pakistan these days, this yr’s pageant theme of Ral Mil will in all probability be a robust framework for addressing not solely this nevertheless the direct and devastating affect it is having on gender equality. There’ll in all probability be rather a lot celebration too, of the unimaginable initiatives girls and girls are working and their many inspirational achievements. We stay up for celebrating one in all many longest working WOW Festivals on the planet as a result of it returns for a further joyful and thought-provoking yr.”