The Brightbox team attended Leeds’ first ever WOW – Women of the World Festival. We had an amazing time leading Girls with Drills workshops for schools and for members of the public.

The WOW Barn Festival followed a spectacular 24-hour barn build by 300 women and non-binary people. Cinder Moor in Leeds was transformed into a festival full of talks, skills workshops, food, music and more.

WOW - Women of the World, is a festival that celebrates everything that women, girls and non-binary people do, and takes a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential. WOW Festivals launched in 2010 and take place across the world, reaching over five million people so far.

Brightbox did workshops with over 300 people over a 5-day period that included adults and children of all ages and all backgrounds. We worked with schools from the West Yorkshire area and taught the children how to use a drill through our drill art workshops.

On Saturday we ran our Brown Girls with Drills Birdbox and window planter workshops and got to soak up the sun and the atmosphere of the festival. Our CEO/Founder, Kisha Bradley spoke about the work we’ve been doing across Yorkshire teaching girls to use (and not be terrified of) drills and handsaws. Followed by none other than Corrinne Bailey-Rae and her sisters Rhea Bailey and Candice Atterton on the joys of being sisters and what this special relationship means to them.

We got to meet loads of amazing people who were all there to celebrate everything that women, girls and non-binary people do. It was fab and we can't wait for the next one.

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