2014-8-6 // by Dillon Mann

To mark the Web’s 25th anniversary – the Southbank Centre is creating the Web We Want festival – a major new three-part event at London’s Southbank Centre - which will be designed by YOU.

Inspired by the World Wide Web Foundation and working in partnership with the Foundation’s ‘Web We Want’ global campaign for a free, open and universal Web, the festival will be an extensive celebration of how the Web has changed our lives. It will also explore some of the things that threaten the web as we know it and what solutions there might be. The first weekend takes place from 26 – 28 September.

Mirroring Tim Berners-Lee’s vision for the web as a place for equality, we’re asking everyone - local and distant community groups, neighbours and strangers, techies and technophobes, old and young, urban and rural, with any level of web-literacy - to create the content.

To do this, we are asking everybody to answer these five questions:

  1. What Web projects have you encountered that leap borders or conventional approaches to change people’s lives? #WebInspire
  2. What do you think are the best examples of creativity and artistic imagination on the Web? #WebCreate
  3. What examples of personal, corporate or government online action threatens the future of a free, open and universal Web? #OpenWeb
  4. What aspects of the Web give you the greatest joy and the greatest worry? #WebJoy #WebWorry
  5. What ideas, projects or schemes would you suggest we present at the festival to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Web? #MyWebIdea

You can answer these on social media or write to: Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX. The deadline for ideas for the September weekend is 29 August 2014, but keep ideas coming until May 2015.

Twitter - https://twitter.com/webwewantfest #WebWeWantFest
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/SouthbankCentre
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/southbankcentre
Anyone can contribute, all contributions will be treated equally, and you can answer the questions as many times as you like and on behalf of other people, with their permission.

Email webwewant@southbankcentre.co.uk with any questions.

What’s Next?

Your content will come to life online and across three real life festival weekends at Southbank Centre - 26-28 September 2014, 28-30 November 2014 and 29-31 May 2015 - curated by Southbank Centre and World Wide Web Foundation.

Keep checking back to Web We Want festival site, social media and our Tumblr page  for updates.

Please share this invitation to anyone you think might be interested in contributing.

We are looking forward to hearing from you, and seeing you for the first installment of the Web We Want Festival in September.

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