Engaging Young People Through the Arts at the Street Child World Cup: The Future Depends On You

Posted on the 15th May 2018

Arts activities including music, visual art and singing are creating opportunities for young people at the Street Child World Cup: The Future Depends On You 2018 to overcome language barriers, express themselves and celebrate their achievements during their time in Russia.

Away from the football, the creative arts connect the young people and allow them to share the diverse cultures represented within the event.

“It’s a very good way to interact with the other teams, instead of just playing football. We were using scissors and different materials to create things; it was a very nice, relaxed way of communicating despite not speaking the same languages,” said Team Brazil coach, Jessica.

Photo by Polina Bykonya, part of the Wembley to Soweto programme.

International artists have been invited to capture the event, and their work will be shared alongside art produced by the young people at an exhibition as part of the General Assembly. Included will be photos from Wembley to Soweto’s programme for young photographers, photography from Vicky Roy, and visual art by Mr Penfold and Tim Vyner. Arts workshops for the young people include drumming, flag making and zine making.

Street Child United’s Head of Arts, Meg O’Malley, said: “The Arts are so important here because there are so many different cultures here and it’s so vital that all the teams share and have the opportunity to express themselves.”

As well as using art as a tool to raise awareness for youth homelessness, the platform allows all the teams involved to develop personal skills such as communication and confidence.

“This event isn’t about winning the football, it’s about the friends that we make during the whole process of being here,” said Jessica.

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