The WOW – Women of the World festival in Karachi celebrates the lives and achievements of women and girls, as well as highlights the socioeconomic challenges they face today. Some areas of discussion include women in science and technology, gender equality, violence against marginalised communities, emotional well-being, and socially conscious raising children.
Salt Arts is proud to be a WOW - Women of the World festival curating partner for music, performances and art interventions. At WOW 2017, Salt Arts explored its #southasia narrative deeper, and explored notions of identity, age and memory via the inclusion of artists like Humera Channa, Sheema Kermani, Bushra Marvi and Hadiqa Kiani.
Empowered! Ft. Hadiqa Kiani
Titled as one of “Pakistan’s Most Powerful and Influential Women”, Hadiqa Kiani’s immense talent and contributions to the field of music have earned her global recognition and the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz - the highest Pakistan civilian award.
Humera Channa: Sound and Legacy
Highlighting the achievements of Pakistani women musicians, Humera Channa performed a journey of music from legendary artists including Madam Noorjehan, Farida Khanum and Reshma, along with her own award-winning compositions.
Riwayati Qawwali ft. Subhan Ahmed Nizami & Brothers
Subhan Ahmed Nizami is a descendant of the prestigious “Qawwal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi. He formed his own qawwali group at the age of 18, to continue the legacy of his forefathers.
Partners and Collaborators
The Women of the World festival is brought to Karachi by the British Council Pakistan in collaboration with the Southbank Centre, and curating partners: IBA, ECDI, PILER, Salt Arts, AMC and Saturday Studio.