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11 November 2016

WHY? Festival 2016

For the third year running, Mishcon de Reya supported Southbank Centre's WHY? (What's Happening for the Young) Festival, which explored the rights of children and young people. Between 19 -23 October, Southbank Centre’s 21-acre site hosted debates, workshops, performances and free participatory events, with guests including Channel 4 News' Cathy Newman, vlogger Grace Victory, punk poet Brigitte Aphrodite and Complicite theatre company.

Inspired by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the festival provided an opportunity for policy makers, social workers, families, children of all ages and their schools to immerse themselves in fundamental questions about childhood today.

Transcript

WHY: Festival 2016

My name is Hannah. 

Nadra

Macaulay School, Clapham

My name is Nadra. 

Fatima.

Zen. 

Sam. 

Kendra

Macauley School, Clapham

Kendra Mullins, I am eleven years old. 

Sam

Ten years old. 

Zen

Seven years old. 

Fatima

Ten years old. 

Kendra

Macaulay School, Clapham

I am at

Fatima

WHY Festival. 

Sam

2016.

Holly Hunter

Lead Programmer, WHYFEST 2016

WHY Festival is our annual Festival celebrating the rights of children and young people.  It’s inspired by the UN Convention on the rights of the child.  It’s for everyone really; we want to provoke discussion and debate between children and adults as well.

Barbara Reeves

Mishcon de Reya

The point is children are our future and we tend to overlook them, they have very little control in their lives and the purpose of this festival is an opportunity for them to learn that not only do they have a right to be protected but also a right of empowerment.

Sam

I saw Ben Shires, he’s a TV presenter and it really inspired me to do something ‘cos I don’t really know what I’d like to do.  He talked a bit about his childhood as well, it was really interesting to see how he grew up.

Ben Shires

Officially Amazing, CBBC

This morning I was chatting to the children all about what makes a good childhood.  To my ten year old self I would say life is going to throw all sorts of things at you, both ups and downs. Sometimes you need the down even though they may feel like the worst thing in the world, you need them and it is that experience of dealing with them and moving on and becoming stronger and being positive and pragmatic that will actually stand you in good stead for the rest of your life.

Nadra

Macaulay School, Clapham

I saw Cathy Newman from Channel 4.  I think the news is important so people know what’s going on around the world even if they are not in that place

Cathy Newman

Journalist, Channel 4 News

Well I have been telling the children what I do for a living.  Trying to explain what a news story is, how you turn what’s happening in the world into the 7.00 o’clock bulletin that you see on Channel 4 News every night.

Children are our future, I am hoping there are lots of budding journalists in there who will come and present Channel 4 News, you know put me out of a job in years to come.  I think that will be a real result.

Sam

She was really interesting telling us all about what she has to do in the news studios.

Kendra

Macauley School, Clapham

They basically talked about helping inspire young people for their career and ideas for the future.

We also have young leaders looking at young people who are creating their own campaigns, speaking out and we are showcasing them to inspire other young people to speak up.

Kendra

Macauley School, Clapham

If I want to do something I should just try and pursue it and try and work really, really hard so that I can be whatever I want to be.

Nadra

Macaulay School, Clapham

You have to be yourself, not follow other people.  You just be who you want to be and you can become amazing.

Kendra

Macauley School, Clapham

I think kindness and encouragement makes a good grown up.

Sam

They help you whenever you need help and they listen as well.  I think that’s really nice because you can have somebody to talk to.

WHY

What’s Happening For The Young

Supported by

Mishcon de Reya