Mishcon de Reya is supporting Southbank Centre's festival of children's rights, 'WHY? What's Happening for the Young?' for the second year running, taking place this week, from today - Sunday 25 October 2015.
The festival is inspired by the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This year, the central theme will be 'what makes a good childhood', with keynote talks from Cerrie Burnell, Lemn Sissay, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo (22-25 October).
The WHY? festival programme is divided into three parts: a weekend of workshops, performances and discussions for families; a forum for professionals, in collaboration with Barnardos; and two days where schools can bring students to the festival. Events will include the participation of hundreds of children in a large scale protest – sing-along protest songs followed by a colourful protest parade across Southbank Centre’s site (22 October) - and 'Under The Covers', a young people’s play performed by Contact Young Company examining young attitudes to sex (24 October), plus many more.
Barbara Reeves, a Partner in Mishcon de Reya's Family Practice commented:
This festival will provide a forum for children, young people and adults to debate, probe and question ideas around children’s rights, whilst listening to what they have to say. It raises awareness of an issue that we feel extremely passionate about. As a nation, we rarely consult children on issues that impact their lives, and our objective is to put their wishes, needs and wellbeing at the forefront during parental disputes and separation. At Mishcon, we believe it's important to lead a national debate about this critical issue.
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, commented:
No-one can talk about the human rights of children and young people better and with more urgency than children and young people themselves. This was clear from the moment our first WHY? Festival started last year. In this year's festival, children and young people will discuss issues that affect them from migration, to gender, to online safety - all in the news but rarely described by young people themselves - and they'll use the arts to explore their world and to make themselves stronger.
For the full programme of events, talks, debates and shows taking place at Southbank Centre during WHY?: What’s Happening for the Young 2015, please click here.
You can view the film of last year's WHY? festival here