WOW Big Ideas

11th May 2024
1pm - 2pm
Imperial Building
FREE, Drop-in

WOW Big Ideas is all about pressing conversations and ideas for change. Get inspired by Darcey Everton, a 15-year-old advocate discussing body positivity, Georgina Kamsika, a speculative fiction writer from Rotherham. Hear from Hazel Oakes, a talented mural artist and illustrator renowned for her vibrant and empowering artwork celebrating women, and Angry Girls from Chol Theatre. Facilitated by Rumbi Tauro, an advocate for enhancing young people’s access to arts and culture. 

Meet the Speakers: 

As a 15-year-old advocate for body positivity and mental health awareness, Darcey Everton is passionate about fostering conversations around self-acceptance. Having navigated the challenges of secondary school, Darcey understands the pressures young women face and believe in the power of social media and supportive friendships in promoting self-confidence. Through poetry and discussions, Darcey aims to inspire others to embrace their unique identities and prioritise mental well-being. 

Georgina Kamsika is a speculative fiction writer born in Rotherham, to Anglo-Indian immigrant parents and has spent most of her life explaining her English first name, Polish surname, and South Asian features. As a second-generation immigrant, her work often utilises the speculative element to examine power structures that are mirrored in the real world, touching on issues of race, class, and gender. 

Hazel Oakes is a mural artist and illustrator from the North East, who works under the name Nocciola The Drawer. She specializes in bright, bold, colourful artwork that combines the female figure and lively patterns; all with the aim to uplift, inspire, empower and celebrate women. She hand paints and digitally illustrates large scale art to share her joy for life and to empower women to take up space. In her artwork she is capturing visually the community spirit, joy and passion that unites people and sharing that message to make an impact on others 

A Chol theatre project, ‘angry girls’ is a collective of young people and artists in Sheffield exploring feminism, rage, hope, and resistance. It began in April 2023, born out of a frustration at the media’s portrayal of women’s anger as hysterical and irrational, and an aim to amplify the voices of young women, girls, and marginalised genders.  Flo and Kerry are part of the ‘angry girls’ collective. Flo is a queer, British-Pakistani multimedia artist & theatre-maker. Born and raised in Doncaster, they have worked on film and theatre across Yorkshire & the USA, as well as collaborating with various charities for vulnerable people of all ages. Kerry is a feminist activist and campaigner. She has worked with projects across Sheffield from Our Bodies Our Streets to Chula and has been involved with ‘angry girls’ since its inception. 

Rumbi Tauro’s soulful melodies have graced stages across the UK, leaving an indelible mark at iconic venues and festivals. It is on stage where she shines, forging an intimate connection with her audiences. When off stage, the artist can be found advocating for the access that young people have to the arts and culture. Rumbi facilitates singing & songwriting workshops within the North. Alongside this, she can be found hosting monthly live music events and radio shows. 

If you would like to get involved in the festival- we’d love to hear from you!

If you would like to get involved in the festival- we’d love to hear from you!

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