During her time as artistic director, Kelly has overseen a diverse array of projects, including Africa Utopia, Alchemy (celebrating the arts and culture of South Asia), Nordic Matters, classical and contemporary music festival The Rest is Noise, BAM: Being a Man, Imagine Children’s Festival and more. In 2015 she was awarded a CBE for services to the arts.
Perhaps her most notable achievement to date, however, has been founding WOW: Women of the World Festival in 2010. Now a global movement, the festival has been held 43 times, spreading to over 23 countries and across six continents. Comprised of theatre, talks, activism and more, the festival celebrates the talent, history and potential of females in all fields, while also underlining the barriers which continue to hinder the achievement of gender equality. Kelly plans to lead the further global development of WOW.
Read Jo Frost’s interview with Jude Kelly, and hear her exclusive Songlines playlist in the August/September 2017 issue (#130).