What rules would kids make if they ruled the world?
"Anything is Possible!" "No Cruelty!" "More Crazy Dancing!" "Work Together!" "Plant More Trees!"
Over 4 days in April 2017 we invited kids to make, draw and sew flags for a Children's Republic. On their flags and a big blackboard set up inside the Studio Theatre, they wrote their own rules for a kid micro nation. There were funny, and silly, and smart, and serious, and seriously amazing ideas.
Here we document those ideas and the four days of fun and creativity which finished with a large parade around Sydney Opera House. As the parade came to a close on the monumental steps at the front of Sydney Opera House, children presented The Hon Scott Farlow MCL with a kids constitution, outling their ideas for a different world. A world run by kids.
The finale of Children's Republic ended with a massive parade around Sydney Opera House and the kids presenting their constitution for a better world to The Hon Scott Farlow MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier.
April School Holidays Creative Play is set up right outside Children's Republic and invites little reporters to draw, photograph and write about the world. Their stories are published in digital paper SOH daily news. Some samples of our favorite front pages are in this gallery. SOH Daily News operates until 23rd April.
It's Monday, 10 April and Sydney Opera House's Western Foyers are a hub of activity. Roving reporters are uploading images to SOH Daily news. Mini makers are designing flags for a world run by kids. And little podcasters are using audio to tell stories in podcasting workshops with This Kid Life host Jennifer Macey.
Our session on Sunday, 9 April, was packed with kid makers drawing and sewing flags for a new world order; run entirely by kids. See all the glorious making in the Sunday Gallery.
Children's Republic Radio
This Kid Life host Jennifer Macey held a series of mind-expanding podcasting workshops during the recent Children's Republic at Sydney Opera House. Kids interviewed other each about what a world run by kids would be like. Their diverse and wonderful ideas include "unlimited burgers", "saving the environment" and "painting the Opera House rainbow coloured". Listen to kids tell us their thoughts in the bite sized episodes below.