WHY? - Young Activists Programme at Southbank Centre

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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, 06/22/2017 - 14:33
Pluto, one of our volunteer gardeners, tells us what Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden means to him.
Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:26
Hear the composer and musician explore the themes of unity and division behind her new work
Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:51
Take a look back at the most memorable moments from M.I.A.’s Meltdown festival
Mon, 06/19/2017 - 15:30
Find out about the joint campaign launched by Southbank Centre and Long Live Southbank
Sat, 06/17/2017 - 17:10
Reviews, tweets and more from midweek at M.I.A.’s Meltdown
Fri, 06/16/2017 - 14:09
Mohamed Sarrar, of Borderline, shares his experience of escaping Sudan as a refugee.
Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:23
The electronic artist and composer on the inspiration for Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia
Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:47
Take a look at some of the best Instagram photos taken at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:44
See how our brutalist arts venues are changing
Tue, 06/13/2017 - 19:16
See exclusive video from Young Fathers performance at M.I.A.'s Meltdown

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Black and White image of The Palace Avenue Dixieland Band

Free

5:30 pm, 23 Jun 2017
Get swinging with this five-piece playing 1920s classics
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 23 Jun 2017
A cinematic masterpiece comes alive accompanied by the spine-tingling score performed live

tomorrow

Free

Art
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Falling Shawls is a floating textile installation that artist Outi Pieski describes as a ‘drawing in air’
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Still from Charwei Tsai: Hear Her Singing at Southbank Centre's Refugee Week

Free

Art
Various times, 19 Jun 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
Encounter perspectives from women refugees in the UK
Art
Various times, 16 Dec 2016 - 20 Aug 2017
Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland
Aerial Views of the Southbank Centre Food Market

Free

Various times, 23 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Southbank Centre Market is a food lover's perfect destination
Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
11:00 am, 24 Jun 2017
Explore refugees’ and migrants’ influence on Southbank Centre
Photo of Refugees Welcome

Free

Art
12:00 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Experience a work of art about welcoming refugees

Free

Art
12:00 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Take part in an afternoon of creative activity in celebration of Refugee Week
Printing Workshop part of Refugee Week at the Southbank Centre

Free

Art
Various times, 21 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Explore gift giving and social meaning through printmaking with refugees
Classical music
Opera
12:00 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Discover how Alfred Hitchock used music to help create some of the most tense films ever made
Various times, 13 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Delve into the history of Southbank Centre and gain access to exclusive areas in this tour
Women Protesting

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
1:00 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Experience the power of song to bring communities together
Various times, 24 Sep 2016 - 24 Jun 2017
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Various times, 24 Sep 2016 - 24 Jun 2017
An introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra and playing techniques
Performance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Various times, 24 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Watch a play performed by ten young refugee men
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Organist David Briggs plays a live, improvised soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Lodger

25 Jun 2017

Free

Art
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Falling Shawls is a floating textile installation that artist Outi Pieski describes as a ‘drawing in air’
28877 28910
Still from Charwei Tsai: Hear Her Singing at Southbank Centre's Refugee Week

Free

Art
Various times, 19 Jun 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
Encounter perspectives from women refugees in the UK
Art
Various times, 16 Dec 2016 - 20 Aug 2017
Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland
Printing Workshop part of Refugee Week at the Southbank Centre

Free

Art
Various times, 21 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Explore gift giving and social meaning through printmaking with refugees
Aerial Views of the Southbank Centre Food Market

Free

Various times, 23 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Southbank Centre Market is a food lover's perfect destination
Various times, 7 May 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
See our buildings from a new perspective and explore decades of architectural innovation

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.