Do you know where Orenburg is?
Three months ago, neither I. It’s a Russian city, in the south of the Ural, called unofficially the “Asian capital” of Russia. It’s the eastern city of Europe, then there’s just Asia. In one day and a half, I will be there.
But why, you’re going to ask. Down here there are some explanations…
I’m one of 100 guys that are going to Orenburg and one of the 1500 ones participating at the WFYS Regional Program and one of the 20.000 participants of the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students.
Ok, let’s rewind a bit. What is WFYS?
The World Festival of Youth and Students is an international event, organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), a United Nations-recognized international youth non-governmental organization, jointly with the International Union of Students since 1947.
The festival has been held regularly since 1947 as an event of global youth solidarity for democracy and against war and imperialism. The largest festival was the 6th, held in 1957 in Moscow when 34,000 young people from 131 countries attended the event. This festival also marked the international debut of the song “Moscow Nights“, which subsequently went on to become perhaps the most widely recognized Russian song in the world. In terms of the number of the attending countries, the largest festival was the 13th, held in 1989 in Pyongyang when 177 countries attended the event.
The World Federation of Democratic Youth was founded to bring together young people of both the socialist and capitalist countries to promote peaceful cooperation and mutual rejection of war.
The most recent festival was held in Quito, Ecuador, on 7-13 December 2013, and the next festival will take place in Sochi, Russia on 14-22 October 2017
Sochi this year opens its doors for young people all over the world!
The decision to hold the WFYS 2017 was made on 7 February 2016 by the WFDY and international student organizations during an international consultative meeting on the 19th festival. WFYS 2017 incorporates all the best festival traditions of previous years while synthesizing them with modern constantly changing trends and innovative development. The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students will be the biggest youth event in Russia’s modern history.
This time the festival’s slogan is ‘For peace, solidarity and social justice, we struggle against imperialism. Honoring our past, we build the future!’
The aim of the Festival is consolidating the youth community of the world around the idea of justice, strengthening international ties, as well as promoting international and intercultural cooperation.
In attendance will be more than 20,000 young people from 150 countries. Young leaders from different spheres will be gathered at one site. Key events of the festival will be held in the Olympic Park, cultural and entertainment events will be held at several dozen areas in different parts of Sochi.
The discussion program includes a variety of platforms for dialogue, including panel discussions, public lectures, scientific conferences. Key topics will include: Culture and Globalization, Global Economy, Economy of Knowledge, The development of public institutions, and Politics and International Security.
This big event will be held in Sochi from 14 to 22 October… so why I said Orenburg?
For the first time in the history of the festival movement, the entire country will be involved in this massive youth celebration. A regional programme is planned as part of the festival on 14–17 October 2017 for more than 1,500 foreign participants who came to WFYS 2017. During the first three days of their stay in Russia, they will visit 15 different cities of the Russian Federation and will have an additional opportunity to see the country from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.
And I am one of the 100 ones going to Orenburg, an amazing place located in the centre of the Eurasian continent, where vast steppe meets the southern spurs of the Urals. Local nature abounds in remarkable sites and the past still lives in hundreds of historical and cultural monuments. Pushkin and Aksakov, Dal and Karamzin, Rostropovich and Gagarin, as well as many other remarkable figures, have left their mark on the region’s history.
Discover this amazing city watching this video down here!
Each World Festival of Youth and Students is a historical event, due to which outcomes the youth from all continents declare its views on the development of the world. And I will be a part and I’m so glad and happy!
Thank WFYS that let me participate and remember to follow me on social media (check on top of the page) to stay updated, discover Russia and the WFYS. I will post something here at the end of my journey, from now on just hand notes and IG stories (obviously).