One of the oldest youth festivals with started in 1947 in Prague with exactly 70 years of existence started today in Sochi, Russia. This year featuring over twenty thousand participants from over 150 countries. Making this festival happen are 8000 volunteers and over 200 public ambassadors.
This is a platform for dialogue, global form of communication: through discussions, cultural programs, sports, through free communication to find ways to confront the challenges that younger generation is facing today.
The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) is a unique event, where young people from around the world unite to develop a vision for our planet’s future. Energetic and engaged young people from 180 countries, who have already been actively involved in moulding the future of their home countries, come together at the Festival and spend a week shaping the main trends in global development for 2030.
The Festival is organised by its founder, the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), which has consultative status with UNESCO, and the National Preparatory Committee of the host country. The 2017 Festival marks the seventieth anniversary of the event, which was first held in Prague in 1947. The host country for the Festival in 2017 is Russia. Preserving tradition while also making full use of modern technologies, Russia is ready to welcome guests from all over the world with open arms. The 2017 WFYS began at the international student parade in Moscow on 14 October. The main events of the Festival will take place in Sochi Olympic Park, which hosted the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2014.
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