Women of the World Festival


A festival of talks, workshops and performances celebrating women and girls – Women of the World is now a global phenomenon. It will be returning to London in March 2016.

A movement that started in 2011, this year’s event featured talented photographers such as Sara Shamsavari, whose ‘Veil’ series highlighted young Muslim women’s individual expression of their identity, as conveyed through their vibrant hijab styles.

Find out more about them HERE at their official website.

Sara Shamsavari

Sara Shamsavari is a British-Iranian visual artist, photographer, singer-songwriter and activist based in London. Shamsavari is described as “energetic and forceful … weighed with conviction” with”the rare gift of capturing how the light strikes a face to illuminate hope”.

Shamsavari’s work has been exhibited in galleries and public spaces in London, Paris, New York City and Hong Kong including the Institute of Contemporary Art, London City Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, Photofusion, Selfridges & Co, Espace Pierre Cardin, (Studio 55) and Corridor Gallery. Her work, exhibitions and profile have featured across various media and publications including BBC, ITN, Reuters, The Guardian, Dazed & Confused, Volt and Brownbook.

Sara has delivered a number of artist talks, lectures and workshops at institutions, venues and events including Tate Britain, The Apple Store, Kings Place, The Southbank Centre (WOW Festival) and the Royal Institution of Great Britain (Cr8net).

Shamsavari is also a musician, performing both as a solo artist and as part of choirs and collectives. She has performed in venues including City Hall’s London Living Room, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Stratford Circus.

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