WHY? Festival- The Rights of a Child

A creative project on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for Contact and Southbank Centre

An exploration of The Rights of the Child

Contact and Southbank Centre commissioned us to work with students at UTC@Media CityUK to explore the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as part of 2016’s WHY? Festival.

Over 50 students pitched short films and animations. The winning film, created by Shakeel Patel, Klaudia Kirkpatrick and Katie McCullen, was screened at Contact and Southbank as part of WHY? Festival.

Using film and animation, UTC students explored what a child needs to survive, grow, and live up to their potential in the world. A selection of other films around the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, made by UTC@MediaCityUK students were exhibited during the festival.

A group of adults sat on chairs at WHY festival speaking as part of a panel

UN Convention on the Rights of a Child

In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, changing the way children were viewed and treated forever.

The UNCRC is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced, with 54 articles covering all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to.

The Convention is also the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world. All UN member states except for the United States have ratified the Convention. The Convention came into force in the UK in 1992

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