On Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 May, Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park will welcome thousands of young people to The Youth Summit – a major event brought to Knowsley as part of The Good Business Festival and Knowsley Borough of Culture.
Headlined by TV Presenter and conservationist Chris Packham, along with BBC broadcaster Ngunun Adamu, the Summit will give all of those attending a chance to discuss their views on key issues like business and climate change. They will also hear from inspiring role models and explore the effect of business on the natural world.
The topics being covered will include the environment, food production, oceans and sustainability, human and animal welfare and much more. Primary and secondary schools across the Liverpool City Region have signed up to take part with a packed two-day programme on offer. There will be an array of thought-provoking sessions and discussions and lots of engaging fun too. This includes an opportunity to see life through the eyes of a honeybee along with a chance to create art from rubbish!
Programme highlights include:
THE BIG CLIMATE CHANGE DISCUSSION
WHY BEES MATTER
Learn about the world of bees, their importance to the planet and find out what we can do from our own homes to help them out. Delivered by beekeeper Andrea Ku
Exploring the issues facing our oceans. The session ends with an insight into the realities of ship-based research and its role in protecting our planet. Delivered byUK Youth for Nature and the British Antarctic Survey.
Young people can work with dot-art artist Joseph Venning to help create a mural of a giant pile of rubbish, topped off by a tiger cub!
THE RECYCLABLE WILDFLOWER
Renowned visual artistFaith Bebbington will work with young people to transform a range of recyclable materials into beautiful artworks which will go on display at The Knowsley Flower Show later this summer.
Alongside these sessions, young people will also have the opportunity to take part in Q&As with Chris and Ngunan to find out more about their careers and ask any questions they might have.
On both days, there will also be additional fun lunchtime activities for the young people to get involved in.
Knowsley: Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture
The Borough of Culture title was introduced by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. It is awarded annually on a rotational basis to one of the six local authorities that make up the Liverpool City Region.
The Borough of Culture is part of the 1% for Culture initiative which commits at least 1% of the Liverpool City Region’s annual gain share (£300k) to cultural projects/activities. Established as an annual award rotating around the boroughs, the Borough of Culture helps to celebrate, amplify and strengthen the existing cultural offer, develop new ideas and initiatives that will underpin future development and legacy.
Liverpool City Region is the first Combined Authority to have control over culture in its devolution deal, utilising many of the region’s existing assets and talent to stimulate cultural and creative opportunities.
The Borough of Culture was first launched in St Helens in 2018, followed by Wirral 2019, Sefton 2020, Halton in 2021 and is currently held by Knowsley for 2022. The programme rotation will recommence in 2023 back in St Helens.