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WHY? Summit

Part of WHY?

What does a festival that celebrates young people’s ability to make change through the arts look like?

Join Southbank Centre’s WHY? Young Activists at WHY? Summit for an inspiring day of creative workshops, debates and keynote speeches from leading artists including actor and activist Liz Carr, illustrator Laura Dockrill, and actor, filmmaker, youth voice champion and political campaigner Femi Oyeniran, to inspire us to collectively design the future content of our festival.

Morning sessions: 11am – 12.30pm
- Welcome from Jude Kelly and ice-breakers*
- Discussion: Do young people have the political language to stand-up and make change? Hosted by Femi Oyeniran*
- Workshop: The World Through My Eyes: Creative writing, self expression and mental wellbeing

Afternoon sessions: 1.15pm – 5pm
- Music & spoken word performances*
- Discussion: How can the arts and sport be used to empower marginalised and misrepresented young people? Hosted by Liz Carr*
- Workshop: Forum Theatre: Giving a platform to unheard voices and resolving conflict in communities
- Discussion: Education to Real Life: are young people gaining the skills, education and space they need to enter adult life and careers? Hosted by Laura Dockrill*
- Workshop: Visual Arts Activism

Founded in 2014 by Artistic Director Jude Kelly, WHY? What’s Happening for the Young festival has welcomed thousands of children and young people to celebrate and explore their rights. To ensure that WHY? festival inspires and enables young people to share stories and effect change in society we are holding this unique event to hear what you think should be at the festival. We will be inviting young people aged 15 – 25 (and up to 30 with access needs) from across the UK as well as arts and charitable organisations to join us for a inspiring day.

*Events marked are British Sign Language-interpeted

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Free, but ticketed

need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 15 – 25, over 25s who work with children and young people, or are part of an organisation with a focus on children’s rights.

BSL Interpretation
Sessions marked with an asterisk are British Sign Language-interpreted. To join our free Access Scheme and book concessionary tickets for this service, email or call our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555.