DB8 - Youth Debate

The Houses of Parliament hosted the DB8 event as part of an ongoing collaboration with Somewhereto_, leading up to the launch of its unique cultural programme Arts in Parliament which represents Parliament’s contribution to the Cultural Olympiad in 2012.

Somewhereto_ is a nationwide project to help young people find the space they need to do the things they love within sport, culture and the arts. Opening up Portcullis House allowed young people to discuss issues relevant to them in a new and creative way mirroring the day to day business of Parliament.

Presented by Channel 4 Education and SB.TV, the DB8 event welcomed young people into Parliament for an exciting fusion of debate and upcoming grime artists.

Staged in Portcullis House, a space normally used by MPs and committees,  the event had the UK’s best grime artists - including Mic Righteous and Rizzle Kicks - summarising points made by the young audience during each of the debated statements.

Each round focused on the state of young people in the UK today and followed the rules of competitive debating – one motion, two sides, for and against. Two MC's then summed up the opposing views. 

The statements debated were:

  • young people don’t respect authority
  • urban culture empowers rather than imprisons
  • young people can’t create change


Parliament is not responsible for the content of the discussion or any views expressed by  panellists or participants. This film contains some strong language.

Related information

Find out more about the Cultural Olympiad and Somewhereto_

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Parliament is open to all UK residents. They can watch debates or book a tour of the Commons or Lords Chambers.


Debates are designed to assist MPs and Lords to reach an informed decision on a subject.