2-24-12: Women of the World, Women of Maryland

February 27, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Sheilah Kast, left, with Marin Alsop, conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Two women of the world: Sheilah Kast and Marin Alsop. Photo by Stephanie Hughes.

About 3-point-5 billion women now live on the planet.  About 3 million of them live here in Maryland – making up more than 51 percent of the population of the state.

This coming weekend, a portion of those 3-point-5 billion women will take part in the Women of the World festival, a gathering meant to bring together women from all walks of life – and all parts of the world – here to Baltimore.  It was inspired by the inaugural Women of the World festival that took place in London a year ago; this is the first WOW festival in the US.

It’s being held at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  To prepare, the BSO hosted a number of “think-ins” with hundreds of women from around the region to design the festival’s programming– resulting a line-up that showcases female entrepreneurs and women who are working in technology – but also has a “guerilla knitting” station and yoga sessions.   It also features  “speed mentoring.”

Sheilah talks about it with Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and co-artistic director of WOW-Baltimore.  She also talks with Jude Kelly, founder of the original WOW festival in London, who’s the Artistic Director of Southbank Centre there.

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