WHY? is our lively festival celebrating the rights of children and young people.

WHY? What's Happening for the Young returned 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 provided a forum for children, young people, parents, teachers and professionals involved in caring for under-18s. It was an opportunity to learn about and celebrate young people's rights alongside artists, campaigners and activists.

Through performances, workshops, talks and debates, the festival explored the right to freedom of expression, play, care, safety and access to the arts and culture. Many events were programmed or led by young people, including a night with the BBC Concert Orchestra. 

We invited everyone to question, stimulate, and empower young people and adults at our thought-provoking festival.

Supported by Mishcon de Reya

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