Open Generation
Festival of Ideas

10 - 11 April 2015

Rivington Place

London, UK

Past event

Ahead of the May 2015 elections young people voice their concerns on issues that will most shape their future.

On the 10th and 11th Apri join us weekend of talks, workshops and exhibits dedicated to exploring how young people feel about migration and being part of a global community. In what we’re calling our Festival of Ideas, we’ll be presenting film, photography, and spoken word projects produced by young local talent, as well as Q&A’s, discussion workshops and a TEDx Salon. There will be talks from key activists and journalists, offering advice on how you can make a difference within the increasingly polarised debate on immigration. We’ll also be drafting a manifesto of what today’s young people stand for and the society you want to live in.

While under 30s have by far the most positive views on immigration and EU free movement (57% of under 34s consider immigration either good or neutral to the economy, compared to 52% of over 55s saying immigration is bad for the economy), UK youth has the highest level of disengagement from the mainstream politics.

Open Generation, in partnership with Autograph ABP, Counterpoints Arts and the Poetry Society are currently mentoring young creatives (filmmakers, photographers and spoken word artists) to become the Messengers of the Open Generation and to bring to the public eye their ideas and suggestion for a better, more inclusive and fairer society. They will be sharing their unique pieces of work at the Festival.

In partnership with

Open Generation

Open Generation Platform is for anyone that is tired on how polarised the debate around immigration and free movement has become. Ahead of May 2015 we want to invite young voters to think about the society we want to live in and to engage to make that society a reality. We are tired of the scaremongering of everything that looks difference and the scapegoating of migrants.


Fri 10 April

17:30 - 19:00 
OUR VOICES: Photography Exhibition Private View

19:00 - 21:30
Documented (dir. Jose Vargas) screening + Q&A with Jose Vargas

Drinks Reception

Sat 11 April

14:00 - 17:30
Viva La Revolucion with Tatiana Garavito
What would you say to Nigel Farage with Shreya Paudel
Open Generation Manifesto

Short film screenings

18:00 - 20:00
OUR VOICES: Short film screenings and spoken word performances + awards, hosted by Adam Kammerling

Drinks reception

Register for your free ticket

The Festival of Ideas is free, register for a ticket here

Additional Info

Rivington Place

P: 0207 749 1240

Rivington Place is fully accessible. Disabled parking bays are available, please call in advance to reserve.