It's that time again – the annual Southbank Centre Women of the World Festival takes place this week, in London.
Most of us want to spend most of our time honing our craft – doing what we love most. However, for most of us to continue doing this, somebody's got to buy.
Whether it's customers for your products and services, whether it's booking appearances and gigs, whether it's readers and spectators. So as much as we may want to shut the world out and exist in a constant state of flow, the fact of the matter is that we need to get 'out there', talk about what we're doing – what need we're fulfilling – and, create relationships.
So how can we achieve that? Come spend some time with me, at 3pm on Friday 7th March, and discover:
- What's the point of a web presence anway?
- What are your options?
- Websites – the pros and cons of DIY
- Top DIY solutions
- Top tips to make your audience say "WOW"
- How to keep them coming!
Who is the workshop for?
You could be a complete technophobe who's been resisting all things digital; perhaps you're curious about how to approach creating a website and taking advantage of email marketing, blogging and social media or; maybe you're looking to revamp your existing online presence. You will leave with:
- An understanding of the opportunities
- Clarity on what makes sense for your unique situation
- Awareness of the available tools
- Professional recommendations that you can implement yourself
- Solid action steps that you can get started on right away
Places will fill on a first-come first-served basis and, men are welcome too!
My Top Picks for WOW
These are the top 5 things I hope to check out this WOW week/weekend:
Wednesday 5 March – Sunday 27 April
The first UK exhibition of work by the renowned Nigerian. The series began in 1968 and documents a nation undergoing immense social and cultural change following post-colonisation.
Saturday 8 March, 12pm
Friday 7 March, 11am – 8pm
Ntiense Eno Amooquaye is a member of the London-based art collective Intoart and her practice integrates the visual, written and spoken word through print, text, image and live performance.
Saturday 8 March, 1:30pm
What is being ‘mixed race’? Is there such a thing as a mixed-race identity? Is the term mixed race useful to anyone but statisticians? Can today’s increasingly fluid racial identities ever really be squeezed into a onesize- fits-all box?
Sunday 9 March
Whether it’s Beyoncé being Drunk in Love or Miley Cyrus and her twerking, how far have we come from the 19th-century fetishization of Sarah Baartman as the Hottentot Venus? Does popular culture still have a problem with black women? Speakers include Dr Shirley Tate, author of Black Beauty: Aesthetics, Stylisation, Politics, Jude Smith Rachele, co-founder of Abundant Sun and Ikamara Larasai from Rewind&Reframe/Imkaan. Chaired by journalist and author Hannah Pool.
Check out the full programme of events and see you there!
Photos via the Southbank Centre website. Top photo by J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere, Hannah Pool photo by Aida Mulneh.
- Dispatches from WOW 2012: Digital Tapestries
- Dispatches from WOW 2012: Highlights from the 2012 Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre
- Dispatches from WOW 2012: On Fashion and Being Who We Want to Be
- Dispatches from Africa Utopia: It's Complicated – reporting back from another great Southbank Centre festival
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