Leymah Gbowee

Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Macy Gray

Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter

Iyanla Vanzant

Emmy Award Winner

Naomi Wolf

Bestselling Author


Malaysian Pop Star

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In this extraordinary, first-time collaboration, the Apollo and London’s Southbank Centre present a four-day WOW festival in New York, featuring performances, talks, mentoring sessions, music, film and debates that celebrate the talents of women and girls from all walks of life and all parts of the world.

WOW was founded in 2011, at London’s Southbank Centre. The Festival’s mission is to celebrate the formidable power of women to make change happen; to remind us of our history; to draw attention to injustice; to enjoy the company of women; and to encourage men to add their support as we set out to achieve a fairer world.

Please join us for this exciting, essential and empowering international gathering of women for four jam-packed days uptown in Harlem, USA.

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Tickets for the Women of the World Festival can be purchased at the Apollo Theater Box Office and online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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Take part in over 40 events including powerful performances and provocative talks, to be announced soon!

Women of the World Festival is sponsored by BNY Mellon, the New York State Council on the Arts, Citi, Prudential and Time Warner Inc.

Generous support provided by the Ford Foundation Fund for Global Programs and the National Endowment for the Arts.  

The presentation of the Apollo’s WOW Festival at the City College of New York is supported in part by the City College of New York through the Division of Government, Community and Cultural Affairs.