The XIX World Festival of Youth and Students will be held in Russia. The decision was made at the international consultative meeting of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) in Moscow.
The Russian Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh) that oversaw Russia's application to host the festival noted that only the host country of the festival was announced, and with the host city will be approved at the meeting of the International Preparatory Committee in the spring of this year. Earlier the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) commission positively assessed Sochi's bid to host the festival.
The World Federation of Democratic Youth and a number of large international student organizations supported the initiative to hold the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students in Russia in 2017. Earlier, on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Rosmolodezh submitted its application to host this major youth forum in our country.
Viktor Mishin, Chairman of the Soviet Preparatory Committee of the 12th World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow, says that the festival is not only a political, but also a cultural event: “In 1985, we had a good sports program; people were running a festival mile then, and the start to this festival mile was given by the then-chairman of the International Olympic Committee. There was a simultaneous chess game on thousands of boards, which was played by the leading grandmasters of the world, led by Anatoly Karpov, then the world chess champion. [Head choreographer of Bolshoi Theatre Yuri] Grigorovich staged individual scenes with the ballet "Swan Lake" were set on the ponds in the Park of Culture and Rest named after Gorky, and leading soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre danced. While people who were engaged in the cultural program, and in the children's program, and the sports program, and the political program, are still alive, they are ready to share the experience that existed.”
Grigory Petushkov, Chairman of the National Council of Youth and Children's Organizations of Russia, would like that “every young person in our country feels his involvement in the preparation and in the conduction of the festival, and his responsibility for this festival. And then, years later, of course, also to say that the festival in 2017 in Russia was the most or one of the most bright events of his youthful life for him.”
According to Petushkov, “the consolidated youth should become the participants of this festival, which represents all sectors of society, all the plurality of the political orientation of youth organizations. There should be the best representatives of the youth and youth organizations: workers, agrarians, guys who represent science, representatives of culture, representatives of sports, Olympic champions. The Russian should represent the whole spectrum of our multinational country.”
World Festival of Youth and Students
The first World Festival of Youth and Students was held in Prague in 1947. Moscow hosted the event twice - in 1957 and 1985. The 1957 festival was the largest in the history of the event: 34,000 delegates from 131 countries of the world gathered in Moscow.
It is expected that in 2017 at least 30,000 delegates from more than 140 countries will attend the festival. About 160 youth organizations are members of the WFDY.
Russia’s application to host the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students was submitted on behalf of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. In November 2015 the session of the WFDY General Assembly, held in Havana, approved the application to host the festival in 2017 in Russia. Moreover, the Russian application was the only one to receive the support of the Federation.