On the 50th anniversary of Gulbenkian we challenge you to think how young people can be empowered to change society the same way they did in 1969.

Radical Roots is a free, all-day Festival programmed by young people, and packed with events for all ages, including music, dance, spoken word and theatre, plus workshops where you can get involved. Be inspired to make a change, take a stand and celebrate creativity. Download the full programme for Radical Roots

It’s totally free, however we’re asking you to book so we can get an idea of numbers. Limited capacity workshops can be signed up to in advance by emailing boxoffice@kent.ac.uk, or call 01227 769075.

Program highlights include

Dance for All
An inclusive all-ages dance session led by renowned dance company Moving Memory and members of Gulbenkian’s Youth Dance Company. No experience required!
Sign up by emailing boxoffice@kent.ac.uk or call 01227 769075

New Young Canterbury Sound Stage
Three fresh bands, 10 spoken word poets, and up-and-coming DJs and event MCs alongside the vivacious host Brigitte Aphrodite. The perfect accompaniment to your lunch, outdoors on our festival lawn.

Panel Discussion featuring folk legend Peggy Seeger
Doyen of political folk music Peggy Seeger joins Brigitte Aphrodite and representatives from Gulbenkian’s Youth Groups to discuss the past, present and future of radical art. Join the conversation and stick around for Peggy’s book signing.

Performances from Gulbenkian Youth Theatre and Youth Dance Company
Working with a professional director and choreographer, young creatives have devised performances inspired by student protest of the 1960’s, asking what young people can do to make a better world now!

Radical Roots Exhibition
An evocative exhibition curated from the University’s archive by ART31, including their own creative responses. Also catch filmed oral history interviews from SCREEN31 with alumni and staff from the University’s early days.

Arts and Craft activities
With face painting, placard making and ‘Screen Print Resistance’, there is something for everyone. Please book Screen Print Resistance by emailing boxoffice@kent.ac.uk or call 01227 769075 and choose 10:30, 11:15 or 12:30 session time.

Film: Britain on Film! Protest – more information here

Download the full programme for Radical Roots

Radical Roots Festival is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Young Roots programme.

Heritage Lottery

This event is part of

Gulbenkian 50 Years Festival

Mon 3 - Sat 22 June 2019
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Britain on Film: Protest!

At a time of intense public activism both at home and across the globe, explore the varied and fascinating history of public protest in the UK with the new archive film programme: Britain on Film: Protest!

15 Jun 2019 , 5:00pm
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Radical Roots Festival

15 Jun 2019

Our work with young people

Children and Young People are at the heart of what we do, as audience members, as participants and as thought leaders.

Through our landmark ART31 project we are working with young people and partners in Kent to create new opportunities through the arts for under 25's across the county.

Below are some of our current projects focused on the development of young people.

Our projects with young people