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Why We Need to Celebrate Women’s Stories, According to Arts Leader Jude Kelly
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Why We Need to Celebrate Women’s Stories, According to Arts Leader Jude Kelly

At the age of just 12 years old, Jude Kelly knew she wanted to be a theater director. But she soon realized that there were few female role models in the field, and just as few stories about women in the canon of literature and theater. “I decided I was going to make a body of work which in every single sense was going to be questioning the place that women’s stories have in art, culture, and in everyday civil life and political life,” says Kelly. “And I was going to do everything I could do to make those stories matter at a different level.” Today, Kelly is one of the most powerful arts leaders in the U.K. She served as artistic director of the Southbank Centre, Britain’s largest cultural institution, for 12 years. Under her leadership, the institution launched bold new initiatives like Women of the World (WOW)—a global network of festivals that honors women’s achievements, with the goal of inspiring the next generation to continue the fight for gender equality—and drew some of the most diverse audiences and staff of arts venues across the U.K. This year, Kelly stepped down from the Southbank to focus on leading WOW. Here, she talks to Artsy about the adversity she’s faced in her career and the work that’s still left to be done—and offers her advice to young women struggling to find their own voices. “It’s about recognizing that between us all, we have a mutual responsibility to value our own story,” she says. “We’ve stood on the shoulders of women who’ve gone before, who’ve got us education, who’ve got us the ability to not be property, and we’ve got to keep that fight going.” Director Chiara Clemente Director of Photography Shane Sigler Editor Antonio Sanchez Composer Peter M. Murray Produced by Charlotte Rabate and Clarissa Blau for Cabiria Films Post-Production Producer Gianina Jimenez Barrantes Assistant Editor Elizabeth Navarro Production Team for Artsy: Marina Cashdan, VP, Editorial and Creative Tess Thackara, Consulting Editor Demie Kim, Associate Editor Daniel Calderwood, Designer Molly Gottschalk, Visuals Editor
Why fathers of daughters can suddenly switch on to feminism | Jude Kelly | TEDxBradford
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Why fathers of daughters can suddenly switch on to feminism | Jude Kelly | TEDxBradford

Jude Kelly was the Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London for 12 years. Southbank Centre is Europe’s largest Arts Institution and London’s 3rd biggest tourist attraction. She is currently building the WOW Foundation. Jude created the WOW – Women of the World Festival in 2010 which celebrates the achievements of Women and Girls. WOW is now entering its 9th year at Southbank Centre as well as taking place in other parts of the UK and 20 countries in 5 continents across the world. She is an award winning theatre and opera director and has been the recipient two Olivier awards, a BASCA Gold Badge Award winner for contribution to music, a Southbank Award for her opera work, Red Magazine’s 2014 Creative Woman of the Year, CBIs 2016 First Woman Award winner for Tourism and Leisure and in 2017 won the inaugural Veuve Clicquot Woman of the Year Social Purpose Award. Her recent TED talk currently has over 1.4 million views. She has founded a range of arts institutions including the international artists space METAL. In 1997, she was awarded an OBE for her services to theatre and in 2015 she was made a CBE for services to the Arts. Jude Kelly was the Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London for 12 years. Southbank Centre is Europe’s largest Arts Institution and London’s 3rd biggest tourist attraction. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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