6-8 April 2018
WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH – SUNDAY 8 APRIL
All day, everyday Exhibitions: Nowhere to Call Home
Brisbane Powerhouse → By Canadian Leah Denbok
Nowhere to Call Home is a powerful collection of photographs and stories of people experiencing homelessness by 17-year-old Canadian photographer Leah Denbok. Across these images Leah hopes to humanize people experiencing homelessness and shine a spotlight on the problem.
THURSDAY 5 APRIL
5pm -6:30pm Opening Night & Welcome Ceremony Concert:
Powerhouse Theatre Debe Neur — Women of Strength and Beauty
→ With ShoShona Kish, Juno Award winning Canadian musician from the duo Digging Roots
WOW at Festival 2018 will kick off with a Traditional Welcome Ceremony for guests by custodian, Songwoman Maroochy Barambah of the Turrbal People, and call and response, interspersed with local stories unique to the site and region by visiting guest artists from First Nation’s communities of the Commonwealth of Nations. This will be followed by a tribute to female creativity, diversity, strength and endurance, some of Australia’s most impressive First Nation female singer-songwriters with their sisters from Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
FRIDAY 6 APRIL
9am – 10:30am Panel discussion: Femocracy: Are Our Democraties Falling Powerhouse Theatre Women?
→ With Canadian Senator Kim Pate
It is defined as ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’. But look at any democratically elected parliament, and what you see is — middle aged, middle class men. What can we do to make our system of government both more representative of, and more accountable to, the 52% majority in all its diversity?
11am – 12:15pm Panel discussion: The Story Tellers: Cultural Leaders Speak Out
Visy Theatre → With ShoShona Kish, Juno Award winning Canadian musician from the duo Digging Roots
Who gets to tell the stories on the big stage? Who gets to decide who our heroes are? And with the
fallout from the avalanche of sexual assault and harassment allegations in Hollywood and beyond,
how does the cultural economy of the 21st century need to change?
4:15pm – 5:30pm Panel discussion: Being Diplomatic
Visy Theatre → Hosted by Angela J. Bogdan, Consul General of Canada in Sydney
What does it take to be a leader in the Foreign Service? An international panel of female Heads of Missions in Australia lifts the lid on their careers to share experiences from the front lines across the globe.
SATURDAY 7 APRIL
2:45pm – 3:45pm WOW Bites – Nowhere to Call Home, a response to homelessness
Turbine Studio → With Canadians Leah Denbok and her mother Sara Denbok
More amazing sound bites: surviving, finding your voice, and sharing ancient ways of learning.
4:15pm – 5:30pm Panel discussion: Let’s Talk About Sex
Powerhouse Theatre → With Canadian author Kateri Akiwnzie Damm
Sex may be the most fun you can have without laughing, but talking about it is taboo in many societies. Now its 2018 and we have a sex positive movement, ethical feminist pornography and intersectional feminism. So, have things really changed? What are the current issues? What is still missing from the conversation?
SUNDAY 8 APRIL
11:15am – 12:30pm Panel discussion: Word Mothers – Women in Publishing
Turbine Studio → With Canadian author Kateri Akiwenzie Damm
Getting women’s stories — and culturally diverse ones — onto the page has always been a challenge — think of the women writers who hid their identity behind male pseudonyms! In this session we meet some enterprising women publishers who have been leaders in this field.
1:15pm – 2:30pm Panel discussion: No More Prisons
Visy Theatre → With Canadian Senator Kim Pate
The numbers of women criminalised and incarcerated in the world’s prisons continues to rise at a time when male rates of imprisonment are relatively stable. Why is this happening?
7pm – 20:30pm Closing Night: Songs That Made Me
Concert Hall, QPAC → With ShoShona Kish, Juno Award winning Canadian musician from the duo Digging Roots
Staged for Queensland Music Festival 2017, Songs That Made Me will once again bring together Australian powerhouses Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch and Hannah Macklin, and featuring voices from across our diverse Commonwealth.
Canadian WOW participants
|Angela J. Bogdan is a career diplomat and Canada’s current Consul General in Sydney, Australia. Prior to taking up her current position, Ms. Bogdan was Chief of Protocol for Canada and before that served as Inspector General. She has also been Champion for women at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) for the past 6 years.
|Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is an Anishinaabe writer, poet, editor and the founder and managing editor of Kegedonce Press, an Indigenous publisher based in the territory of her people, the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation, Saugeen Ojibway Nation.
|Kim Pate was appointed to the Senate of Canada on November 10, 2016. First and foremost, she is the mother of Michael and Madison, is also a nationally renowned advocate spending the last 36 years working in and around the Canadian legal and penal systems, with and on behalf of some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized, particularly imprisoned youth, men and women.
|Leah Denbok has been taking photographs since she bought herself a used Canon E0S Rebel T2i from a local hockshop in the summer of 2012. Inspired by the work of British photographer Lee Jeffries, she has been concentrating on high-contract portraiture. Through her photography, Leah wishes to help humanize the homeless and draw attention to their plight.
|Shoshona Kish is part of the husband and wife duo and Juno Award winning Digging Roots, one of Canada’s most recognisable contemporary acts. Shoshona Kish and Raven Kanatakta have built their sound on a unique musical marriage of unvarnished truth and unconditional love. The music is modern, but connected to indigenous traditions.