On 7th May, the creator of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Southbank Centre Artistic Director Jude Kelly invited students at Mulberry School for Girls to the launch of the Web We Want – Southbank Centre’s major new festival celebrating the 25th anniversary of the invention of the World Wide Web.
Mulberry students were asked to think about what the festival could and should be about, what they would like to see represented. They met a range of people there from the arts, creative media, technology, philosophy, journalism, politics and education: both educators and students, and the input of schools, young people and teachers will be vital to the shaping of the festival.
Students also looked at the extraordinary impact the web has had on individuals, governments and societies at large and how the idea that the World Wide Web can empower people to bring about positive change both in their own life and in the lives of others. Students asked Sir Tim Berners –Lee some pressing questions about how we can guarantee a free and open Web and how we as individuals can be free on the Web.
The festival which will consist of talks and debates, visual art, installations and performances will investigate and celebrate a quarter century of Tim Berners-Lee’s radical, transformative invention will take place in from September 2014 to September 2015. Mulberry School for Girls will contribute to this festival as part of our residency at the Southbank Centre.