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Shoreditch has been invaded… by children

Posted at 1:45 pm, July 8, 2012 in Fun London, Secret London

Who says adults know best? Not the Children’s Republic of Shoreditch, that’s for sure. And after visiting their embassy, I can’t agree more. Children’s charity Ministry of Stories have been encouraging the young people of Hackney to imagine how things would be if they had the law of the land. The result can be found on Hoxton Street in the form of an embassy completely designed by children: from the census to the cartography department, the passports to the advice bureau. When asked what the best thing about the project was, one boy replied: ‘doing things that grown ups do, like design things. It shows that kids can do things that grown ups do. There’s nothing in the world that kids cannot do.’ This positive outlook is reflected in the Republic’s manifesto which encourages sharing, no bullying and appreciation towards clouds. The children declared the independent state on July 4, opening the embassy to the public. During the week, children from the local area will take part in free writing workshops and on Saturdays, the embassy will open to the general public. Each week, there will also be a resident writer including Nick Hornby, Joe Dunthorne, Laura Dockrill and Meg Rosoff, as well as missions and activities to take part in. The whole thing is free and children of all ages can apply for citizenship – I even got a passport after a little misunderstanding at border control, but now am an official member. Carly-Ann Clements

For more info on the Republic, see childrensrepublicofshoreditch.org and ministryofstories.org.

The Children's Republic of Shoreditch with Nick Hornby

The Children's Republic of Shoreditch cartography department Mysterious & Monstrous map of Hoxton Children's Republic of Shoreditch Passport

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