Shameless!

Shameless! Festival of Activism against Sexual Violence is a one-day event bringing together academia, activism and art to confront and change attitudes towards sexual violence, share ideas, and imagine a rape free world.

Join us at the first ever Shameless! Festival, a one-day event bringing together activism and art to confront and change attitudes towards sexual violence, share ideas, and imagine a rape free world.

Created in collaboration by The SHaME project and WOW – Women of the World, Shameless! will feature talks by high profile speakers, survivors, researchers and medical professionals, alongside performances by incredible artists, poets and musicians, as well as interactive workshops, ‘how to’ clinics and wellness spaces.

Everyone is invited to join this vital festival to spark conversation, address the global crisis of sexual violence (in all of its forms) and help get rid of the shame often attached to it. Be part of the first festival of its kind to revolutionise conversations around sexual violence; burst open inherited ideas of shame; and give everyone the chance to say to all societies, enough is enough, sexual violence must end.

Festival goers will be able to explore and choose from a variety of workshops, talks, performances and more on the day. There will be pop ups, a marketplace, support on site for whoever needs it, and the chance to connect with experts working to end sexual violence.

This year’s Shameless! Festival events include:

BSL interpreting and/or Captioning will be available for all events.

Shameless! Festival is produced by SHaME and WOW – Women of the World, and is supported by The Wellcome Trust and Birkbeck, University of London.

Latest News

Catch up on the latest Shameless! Festival news and announcements here, including which major London venue the festival will take place in, how to get involved wherever you are in the globe and an alert to get your tickets in September.

Shameless! Festival Schedule

The SHaME Project and WOW are excited to share the schedule for the first ever Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence at the Battersea Arts Centre on 27 November 2021.

The festival schedule features artists, activists, and scholars covering issues including the normalisation of sexual violence, rape myths, consent, everyday triggers, and survival. You can check out the full schedule on the SHaME blog and the WOW website.

Poetic Unity - A 'Safe Space' Poetry Hour: Shameless! Festival

The SHaME Project and WOW – Women of the World are thrilled to host Poetic Unity for ‘Safe Space’, an evening of poetry and spoken word confronting attitudes towards sexual violence and advocating for a safer world for women and girls. The event will feature four amazing poets; rising musician from Myanmar Phe Phe; spoken word artist and facilitator Jayda David; actress, writer and spoken word artist Demii Walker and West London poet Reya Saint.

This is a free, drop-in event taking place at the Battersea Arts Centre on 27 November 2021 from 6.00-7.00PM. No tickets needed! For more information, check our events page.

An official invitation to Shameless! from SHaME’s Joanna Bourke

Professor Joanna Bourke offers a warm invitation to the Shameless! Festival on November 27th at Battersea Arts Centre. The event will bring together artists, activists, and scholars in a powerful and uplifting day of programming to confront the global crisis of sexual violence.

You can watch Joanna’s welcome message on the SHaME blog.

SHaME’s Joanna Bourke interviews Dr Maryyum Mehmood ahead of the Shameless! Festival

Professor Joanna Bourke interviews academic and activist Dr Maryyum Mehmood ahead of her appearance at the Shameless! Festival. They discuss Dr Mehmood’s campaigns to empower women that combine the forces of academia and grassroots activism.

You can read the interview on the SHaME blog.

Shameless! Festival Further Line-Up Announced

The SHaME Project and WOW are excited to announce more amazing speakers and creators joining us for the Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence at the Battersea Arts Centre on November 27th.

We’ve brought in amazing artists, advocates, scholars, activists, health and wellness practitioners, and survivors for panels, workshops, and performances that will stimulate important conversations on sexual violence, but also provide spaces for healing, laughter, and hope. Check out all the new additions to the festival here!

Shameless! Festival Reception Launch

The SHaME Project, along with WOW, were delighted to launch the Shameless! Festival on Wednesday 27 October, at a reception hosted at the Wellcome Collection. We were thrilled to hear from HRH the Duchess of Cornwall who spoke inspiringly about building a rape-free world. You can read more about the reception on our SHaME blog.

Tickets are now on sale for the Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence at the Battersea Arts Centre on 27 November 2021. You can find them HERE.

Tickets are going on sale!

Tickets are now on sale for the Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence on 27 November 2021. You can find them HERE.

We are also thrilled to announce that the festival will be taking place at the Battersea Arts Centre in Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN. There will be a full programme of events, talks, workshops, and creative happenings. You can find out more on the SHaME Events Page, SHaME blog and the WOW website.

Date announced for Shameless! Festival

On 18 August 2021, we were thrilled to announce that the first ever Shameless! Festival will take place on 27 November 2021. You can read more about this exciting announcement on the SHaME blog and the WOW website.

We’re looking forward to announcing which major London venue the festival will take place in, as well as sharing the Shameless! Festival programme, in the coming weeks, so please watch this space!

CFP for Shameless! festival

In June 2021, we released a Call for Proposals seeking public engagement activities from academics working in collaboration with artists, activists, survivors, practitioners and others working on sexual violence from a medical or psychiatric perspective. You can find out more and read the CFP on the SHaME blog.

We’re looking forward to sharing the Shameless! Festival programme in the coming weeks, so please watch this space!

Funding announced for Shameless! festival

In July 2020, we were thrilled to announce that we had been awarded a ‘Research Enrichment – Public Engagement’ award from the Wellcome Trust to co-produce a series of Shameless! Festivals of Activism Against Sexual Violence with The WOW Foundation.

You read more about the announcement and our enthusiasm about this ground-breaking collaboration on the SHaME blog and WOW’s website.