Wednesday 19 October 2016 - Sunday 23 October 2016

Get ready for our lively festival celebrating the rights of children and young people.

WHY? What's Happening for the Young returns for a third time this autumn to consider how under-18s can understand and use their rights to influence the world around them.

Inspired by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the festival provides a forum for children, young people, parents, teachers and professionals involved in caring for under-18s. It's an opportunity to learn about and celebrate young people's rights alongside artists, campaigners and activists.

Through performances, workshops, talks and debates, the festival explores the right to freedom of expression, play, care, safety and access to the arts and culture. Many events are programmed or led by young people, including a night with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Get involved as we question, stimulate, and empower young people and adults at our thought-provoking festival.

Supported by Mishcon de Reya

Read a summary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child or download a child-friendly version (copyright and with thanks to UNICEF)

Past Events