The arts have always played a central role in how we work with young people. Using music, theatre, the visual arts and dance, we engage the young people we work with and provide a platform for them to express themselves.
At our major sporting events the children take part in a festival of arts, coming together to paint, create, make and most importantly share. Art transcends language barriers enabling children from across the world to play, laugh and build friendships together.
The iconic image of the 2014 Street Child World Cup mural will forever be filled with emotion and significance. Masterminded by artist Joel Bergner and brought to life by the children and volunteers of Rio, the 30ft mural of three football players symbolises the declaration from the children, ‘I am Somebody’
Two of the players, Gopinath from India (middle) and Elsie from El Salvador (right) played in Rio. The third image of a boy kissing his medal is of Rodrigo, who would have been playing for Brazil Boys, but was tragically murdered on the streets just weeks before the tournament. Rodrigo’s outline on the wall became the emotional focal point of all teams to celebrate goals and express their hopes and dreams for a brighter future.
The mural, created by children from all corners of the globe leaves a physical legacy to Brazil and the world symbolizing hope and togetherness.
“I have painted my home. I need to show the whole world where the team lives. I’ve drawn the river, the mountains, the city and the village. This isn’t just for Brazil, this is for the world.” Team Burundi
As part of the Street Child Summit 2015, Street Child United collaborated with Joel Bergner and the iconic Village Underground in the heart of East London to promote the rights of street children worldwide.
Over 4 days, Joel created a 7 x 16m mural challenging the stigmas associated with children and youth living on the streets across the world. The mural features Jessica, from Brazil, shouting through a megaphone, “I may be a child, I may live on the streets, but I am Somebody.”
In the run up to Rio, London based Hospital Records artists London Elektricity, S.P.Y and Diane Charlemagne came together to produce the official anthem of the Street Child World Cup championing the rights of street children. ‘I am Somebody’ became a rallying cry for the rights of street children, and was heard everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall in London to the football pitches in Rio to schools in Pakistan supporting their team. With over 70,000 views online ‘I am Somebody’ has engaged new audiences across the world.
On March 3rd 2014, three weeks before the Street Child World Cup, we brought together 1,700 school children at the Royal Albert Hall in London, to break the world record for the World’s Largest Samba Band. Funded by the Arts Council and delivered in partnership with Inspire-works the event raised awareness of the issues street children face across the world.
In the summer of 2014, we worked with the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) to produce Turfed, a production that explored the global issue of child homelessness. Crystal from Team Philippines and Sadock from Team Tanzania came to London to join the cast. Directed by SCWC artistic director Renato Rocha, Turfed was awarded a four star review in the Guardian engaging new audiences in London.
“When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”
“No child should have to live on the streets and I fully endorse this campaign giving street children a voice to claim their rights”
“I know from personal experience just what power football can have to inspire and change young people’s lives whatever their background or nationality. This is what the Street Child World Cup is all about and I give it my full support.”