WHY? Summit workshop

WHY? - Young Activists Programme at Southbank Centre



WHY? is Southbank Centre's biennial festival celebrating young people's voices and their right to influence social change. The next WHY? festival takes place in October 2018.

WHY? Young Activists Programme 2017
This year, Southbank Centre is reinvigorating the festival programme to ensure that we address exactly what children and young people need and want. To fulfil this mission, we are seeking a group of young artists, leaders, poets, musicians, performers and campaigners, creating work which promotes and impacts social change to be part of a week-long residential course at Southbank Centre in London from Monday 7 – Friday 11 August 2017. We are seeking 15 young arts activists aged 18 – 25 (up to 30 with access additional access needs) to take part in the WHY? Young Activists Programme this summer and host the WHY? Summit on Thursday 10 August.

WHY? Manchester takes place in October 2017 at Contact.

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Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:25
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Wed, 07/12/2017 - 16:59
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Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:20
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Tue, 07/11/2017 - 14:30
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Global Culture & Ethnicity
Mon, 07/10/2017 - 14:56
Discover the capital’s Black History with historian Tony Warner
Contemporary Classical
Mon, 07/10/2017 - 12:55
Take a look back at the highlights of a packed weekend of contemporary classical music
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Sat, 07/08/2017 - 16:07
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Thu, 07/06/2017 - 00:00
Watch our short video trailer for a summer of fun at Southbank Centre
Wed, 07/05/2017 - 14:59
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Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:25
Award-winning, author Naomi Klein discusses her latest book ‘No is Not Enough in this audio podcast

10 Aug 2017

WHY? Summit workshop


Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
11:00 am, 10 Aug 2017
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 on Thursday 10 August for the WHY? Summit, a day dedicated to defining the future of WHY? festival in 2018 and beyond.

Featuring debates and workshops developed by the WHY? Young Activists, we invite you to join in, reflect, think and tell us what a festival celebrating young people’s voices and their right to influence social change looks like.

To book your place on the summit, please visit the link below.

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Founded in 2014 by Southbank Centre 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.

Inspired by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and sponsored by family law firm Mishcon de Reya, WHY? has welcomed a plethora of artists and thinkers to inspire young people to engage in discussion and debates, workshops and performance focusing on their rights to arts and culture, play, education, care and freedom of expression and thought.  

Past festivals have included keynotes on What Makes a Good Childhood? from poet Lemn Sissay, authors Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo, and actress Meera Syal, as well as collaborations with leading children’s charities UNICEF, Barnados and The Children’s Society.

For 2017, we are taking the time to reflect and are looking to the future, to ensure WHY? addresses exactly what children and young people need and want from a festival celebrating their voices and right to influence social change. This August, we are running the WHY? Young Activists residential course and hosting the WHY? Summit, which we hope will help us to redefine the future of WHY? festival.