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Presented by Contact and Southbank Centre

Join us for talks, debates, performances, participatory events and workshops examining the rights of young people today.

1100 – 1200: Creative Writing Corner
Drop-In Activity | Free
Start your day right in the Contact Lounge Café with some creative writing activity on the themes of WHY? in this relaxed, drop-in session led by artist Yussuf ‘Dyslexis’ Mrabty

1145 – 1245: Unlock your Voice! With BAC Beatbox Academy
Workshop | Free
Join some of London’s most exciting young, vocal collective in this fun, relaxed hour of Beatbox basics. You’ll get to learn new skills, get to grips with some mic technique and learn to improvise music in one of the group’s legendary circle jams.

1230 – 1330: Looking Beyond He and She
Discussion | Free

How do children’s experiences with gender biases affect their development and opportunities for leading successful lives? Here we look at how these expectations are built within education, play, clothing, families, employment and more. Panel includes Prof Gabrielle Ivinson, James Millar (co-author of The Gender Agender), Kevin Turner (Company Chameleon) and Annie Brown (Gendered Intelligence) and more TBA

1300 – 1415 : Network Young
Workshop | Free

Ever heard someone say, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”? Well in 2017, where there is no one clear cut path from education into employment anymore, this couldn’t be more true. But luckily for you, Network Young are here to teach you all you need to know about building your own personal network and helping you make those important future career choices.

Join them for this interactive and creative networking session that will teach you everything you need to know about WHAT networking is, WHY you need to do it and HOW you should go about starting your own networks.

1430 – 1530: Protest Songs! Singing the News
Workshop | Free

Learn about the singing culture of the 19thC, where singing the news was common and topics such as strikes were covered and then have a go at writing your own song! Led by Jennifer Reid

1430 – 1600:  TPG presents Reclaiming the Radical: Art and Protest
Activity | Free

From Anarchist-Punks in Hulme to Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragette Movement, Manchester has been a home to radical protest for decades. Thirty Pound Gentleman presents a discussion about the art of protest and the role of young creatives in responding to injustice and social & economic unfairness.

Joined by a panel of artists and professionals we will explore how young people can safely and creatively protest and embrace their radicalness, and ask the question in the modern context of terror and extremism “Can we reclaim the radical for good?”

1600 – 1630: Live Music
Performance | Free

Relax in our foyer and enjoy some live music from Contact’s young performance collective Level Up

1630 – 1730: What’s Happening for the Young?!
Discussion | Free

A panel discussion addressing the central question What’s Happening for the Young? with Ayshah Tull (Newsround), Awate (musician and political commentator), Lauren Stocks (activist and North West young Labour rep), Dr Faiza Shaheen (Director of CLASS, formerly Save the Children) and more TBA

Drop-In Activity

Placard Making – 1130 – 1730
Activity | Free | Drop-In

Make your own punchy statement placard with local artist Gill Balfour

SPACE – 1130 – 1730
Activity | Free | Drop-In

In SPACE people can enjoy a cup of tea and chat with a trained professional, take part in fun, creative well-being activities and find information about a range of traditional and alternative well-being and mental health initiatives and services across the region.

1800: BAC Beatbox Academy: Frankenstein
Performance | £7/4
Frankenstein is an innovative meeting of beatbox, gig and theatre. The BAC Beatbox Academy present an electrifying hour of song, soundscape and beatbox – all live, all made from the mouth. Through original music and spoken word the cast ask, in 2017, how to make a monster.

1930: Young Identity, HATCH
Performance | £10/6
Expect lyrical whit, on the pulse social commentary and some of the most articulate voices the city has to offer. Eight of the most exciting and diverse young poets in Manchester rhapsodise on the spirit of the times – be it xenophobia, war, gender politics, inner city turmoil, poverty or the state of the arts.

WHY? was founded by Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, London in partnership with Mishcon de Reya.

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