Karachi (Muhammad Yasir) The British Council Pakistan is bringing the 6th version of WOW – Ladies of the World Competition 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 is the primary in-person WOW Competition in three years.
The programme for the WOW pageant is essentially the most numerous and thrilling because the pageant started and consists of dynamic panels, workshops, immersive performances, vibrant marketplaces and reveals for youngsters. The pageant may also function an artwork exhibition, a drum circle, artwork installations, and movie screenings. The opening efficiency on the pageant will function Shae Gill, the singer of final yr’s largest hit ‘Pasoori’ and the closing efficiency is by Pakistan’s legendary singer Naseebo Lal.
Offered in partnership with the WOW Basis, 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 concepts of communities of care and imagines methods to construct higher, strengthen bonds, heal wounds, discover pleasure, and salvage the earth from the results of local weather change. Final yr Pakistan was ravaged by devastating floods. A number of areas are nonetheless underneath water months later and the WOW Competition desires to make the most of the pageant construction to start to put the bottom for the way we will come collectively to mirror, be taught, result in change and to heal.
Jill Richens, Director Arts South Asia, the British Council stated: “We’re dedicated in our work with ladies and ladies throughout South Asia and imagine that there are tens of millions of inspiring ladies who exemplify why empowerment, variety and having significant platforms for connection assist shut gaps to gender equality. Our work within the arts and strategic priorities help ladies’s voices and company, and that’s additionally why festivals like WOW speed up progress.”
Maarya Rehman, Deputy Director, British Council Pakistan stated: “This yr we’re excited to current the largest and most formidable WOW Competition ever and I’m delighted that the pageant is returning in-person. WOW will have a good time the facility of girls and ladies to beat challenges particularly by the lens of local weather change which has badly affected Pakistan. I urge folks from throughout Karachi to return and attend this excellent pageant.”
The WOW Competition on the Seaside Luxurious Lodge is free and open to the general public. All content material will probably be recorded and later archived on our YouTube channel. As in earlier years, the classes may also be interpreted in Pakistani Signal Language.
Jude Kelly, CEO & Founding father of The WOW Basis, stated: “WOW Festivals have at all times been about bringing essentially the most urgent problems with the day to the forefront, and gathering collectively folks to debate options and construct neighborhood. After the devastating results of local weather change seen in Pakistan lately, this yr’s pageant theme of Ral Mil will probably be a strong framework for addressing not solely this however the direct and devastating influence it’s having on gender equality. There will probably be a lot celebration too, of the unimaginable initiatives ladies and ladies are working and their many inspirational achievements. We sit up for celebrating one of many longest working WOW Festivals on the planet because it returns for an additional joyful and thought-provoking yr.”