Moscow, Russia: 35000 students from 180 countries took part in a colorful carnival in Moscow on Saturday, October 14th, ahead of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students. The festive crowd paraded along an eight-kilometer route running from Red Square to Luzhniki Sports Complex which was filled with festive crowds. The motto of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) is: ‘For peace, solidarity and social justice, we struggle against imperialism. Honoring our past, we build the future!’ Students from all over the world already arrived in Moscow and Sochi for World Festival of Youth Students 2017.
Young people from around 180 countries will take part in the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students. Hockey, skating, and football competitions will be held in Olympic venues from October 14th to 22nd. Thrill-seekers can visit the extreme sports zone or take part in acrobatic rock-n-roll classes. Art-lovers can take part in the International Youth Film Forum, take classes at the Dance Academy or the New Theatre. Gamers can compete in the World of Tanks tournament.
Up to 45,000 students from Moscow universities will join their colleagues from other countries. The program will include imitations of the world’s most famous festivals, including Italy’s Venice Carnival, the Dutch Tulip Festival, the Japanese Sakura Blossom Festival, Brazil’s Carnival in Rio, India’s Holi, and the Mardi Gras of New Orleans.
Around 5,000 volunteers from Russia and abroad will help organize the events.
Sochi will also host conferences where topics such as ecology, biodiversity, modern epidemics, and aviation of the future will be discussed.
Hashtags #WeAreFuture and #ImFestival are being used to promote the event.
The idea to hold a mass festival for the world’s youth was initially discussed at the World Youth Conference in London in 1945. The first WFYS took place in 1947 in Prague, which was then the capital of Czechoslovakia, with the slogan ‘Youth for Peace!’
Budapest, Berlin, Bucharest, Warsaw, Vienna, Havana, and Pyongyang have been among the host cities of the festival during its 70-year history.
The biggest festival ever was held in Moscow in 1957. With 34,000 people from over 130 countries, it was one of the largest cultural and political events of the era.