2019 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage Along the Silk Roads
Youth Representatives from 85 Countries Respond to Changsha Initiative
(Photo/Huang Qiqing, chinanews.com)
On April 3, the Achievement Demonstration of the International Youth Forum (IYF): Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads was held in Changsha. Youth representatives from 85 countries responded to the Changsha Initiative at the forum.
The initiative consists of five key words: creativity, innovation, exchange, capacity building, and youth. Three major consensuses have been reached. They are:
-Youth is the vitality of innovation and creativity;
-Youth are the beneficiaries and contributors of mutual communication and learning;
-Young people with abilities and skills are the dream-seekers of the new era and contributors to a better world.
Russell Rivoallan, head of the Social and Human Sciences Division of UNESCO Beijing Office, further elaborated on the Changsha Initiative. He related that governments, enterprises, and schools should:
-Provide financial and intellectual support for young people to promote their innovation and entrepreneurship;
-Strengthen the building of platforms that will facilitate communication among young people, and launch international youth projects and competitions; and,
-Encourage young people to share resources, leverage their strengths, and organize cultural activities in various places.
Standing Committee Member and Publicity Department Director of the CPC Changsha Municipal Committee Gao Shan, said that the Changsha Initiative has the voices of youth representatives from 85 countries heard worldwide, and Changsha is willing to be the first city to respond to the initiative. Changsha has hosted the IYF for 3 consecutive years and is always willing to promote the establishment of youth innovation partnership with the support of 2.7 million young people here in Changsha and its economic, social, educational, and cultural resources.
Chinese source: hn.chinanews.com
Youth Representatives Visit “P8 Planet” of BROAD Town
On the afternoon of April 1, youth representatives, entrepreneurs, and UNESCO officials from 85 Belt and Road countries visited “P8 Planet” of BROAD Town, Changsha’s most representative media arts space, to explore and experience the city’s fantastic creativity, culture, and arts.
Youth representatives take a group photo in front of the pyramid-like building of the “P8 Planet” of BROAD Town, Changsha. (Photo/Li Haiqing, changsha.cn)
(At the scene)
Zhang Yue, BROAD Group president and the UN Environmental Award winner, exchanges and interacts with the youth from all over the world.
Youth representatives share their opinions.
Youth representatives participate in exciting and interactive activities. (Photo/Deng Yinsong)
Chinese source: news.changsha.cn
The splendid “Unique Changsha” New Media Arts Show was staged after the opening ceremony. (Photo/Zhou Baiping, icswb.com)
On the evening of March 31, the 3rd International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage Along the Silk Roads opened at the Macrolink Tongguan Kiln Cultural Park, Changsha. The Changsha Media Arts Festival 2019 was held simultaneously.
Marielza Oliveira, UNESCO Beijing Office representative, spoke at the opening ceremony.
Cai Zhenhong, CPC Hunan Provincial Standing Committee member and Publicity Department director, attended and addressed the opening ceremony.
Representatives from 13 member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, including Enghien-les-Bains in France, York in the UK, and Tel Aviv in Israel, along with 124 youth representatives from 85 countries along the “Belt and Road”, attended the opening ceremony. Cai Zhenhong, CPC Hunan Provincial Standing Committee member and Publicity Department director; Hu Henghua, CPC Hunan Provincial Standing Committee member and CPC Changsha Municipal Committee secretary; Marielza Oliveira, representative of UNESCO Beijing Office; and the UN SDG Young Leader, also attended.
The forum had 7 key activities: the opening ceremony; the “Unique Changsha” Media Arts Show; the International Youth Forum; the Caribbean Film Exhibition; the Chinese and foreign youth gathering; the “Experience Changsha Media Arts Program”; and, Changsha field visits. These activities will display Changsha’s unique charm and its latest achievements in the cultural and creative industry, build a bridge for cultural exchanges and mutual learning, and expand Changsha’s international influence.
Detailed Arrangements for IYF Week
Dates and venues:
31 March to 3 April 2019: Changsha, Hunan Province, China.
3 to 6 April 2019: Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
The two primary themes of the Forum are:
Changsha: Youth, media arts and urban sustainable development;
Nanjing: Youth, heritage, creativity and urban sustainable development
The Forum is envisioned as a dynamic and participatory event utilizing a combination of panel discussions, parallel sessions; and field visits.
Simultaneous interpretation Chinese-English will be provided during plenary meetings and panel discussions. Consecutive interpretation is available during the field visits.
NB: Parallel sessions and training workshops will be conducted in only in English. (Source: en.unesco.org)
Chinese source: icswb.com; hnrb.voc.com.cn
Photo sources: icswb.com; news.changsha.cn
The 2019 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum (IYF) on Creativity and Heritage Along the Silk Road opened March 31 evening. Before the opening ceremony, young forum participants had an ice-breaking gathering. The event encourages making friends and sharing history and culture.
The organizing committee held the “meet and greet” to help attendees get to know each other. Volunteers came from different cities and universities.
African delegates broke the ice and shouted in a passionate African style, as if they were in the African savannah. A happy and lively atmosphere developed. Attendees introduced themselves and their countries to others in their own ways which included singing and dancing, and reciting poetry. The cheerful introductions included: “My name is Tan, I am from Singapore,”; "My name is Kane, from Senegal,” and, "I am Farah, from Somalia."
Changsha college students did the honors at the gathering with performances. A dragon dance raised the curtain on the event. The dancers included students from different countries studying in Central South University. “Don’t they perform well after such a short time learning?” the host asked the delegates who cheered and applauded loudly.
Youth Representative, Hannah’s Letter to Her Mom (Video)
“Come and experience the vitality and charm of Changsha. I will be right here waiting for you, ” said Hannah Getachew, an Ethiopian girl. She said so to invite young people from all over the world to attend this year’s Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads. It will start on March 31.
Hannah participated in last year’s forum and wrote a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping on behalf of all the delegates to express her love for China and thoughts on China-Africa relations. President Xi Jinping also wrote back to her. In his letter, Xi wrote that young people are the future of their countries. He encouraged them to make their own efforts for the building of a community with shared future for humanity.
The video displays her letter to her mother. She introduced to her mom her exciting trip in Changsha. Let’s check out the video:
Her letter to her mom.
File Photo: On May 21, 2018, Hannah Getachew introduced herself at a youth gathering of the 2018 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage Along the Silk Roads.
File Photo: On the evening of May 22, 2018, guests and youth representatives attending the 2018 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage Along the Silk Roads took photos along the bank of the Xiangjiang River.
Photo source: icswb.com
Video source: china.org.cn
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2019 Changsha Media Arts Festival to Be Held Between Mar. 31 and Apr. 3
The 2019 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum (IYF): Creativity and Heritage Along the Silk Roads will be held between March 31 and April 3 in Changsha.
The activity aims to implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s reply to the youth representatives attending the 2018 IYF: Creativity and Heritage Along the Silk Roads; follow the national “Belt and Road” Initiative and the cultural “going global” strategy; display Changsha’s achievements in media arts and cultural creative industry; and strengthen Changsha’s exchanges and cooperation with countries along the “Belt and Road”.
The activity will be hosted by UNESCO; the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations; the China National Commission for UNESCO; the Changsha Municipal People’s Government; and the Nanjing Municipal People’s Government.
The attendees will include officials from UNESCO, the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, Ministry of Education, and the China National Commission for UNESCO; ambassadors of Caribbean countries; the UNESCO Creative Cities Network member cities’ representatives; UN SDG youth leaders; the “Belt and Road” countries’ youth representatives, and youth volunteers.
Participants will discuss topics like “Youth Innovation and Creativity in the Media Arts Era”, and “Media Arts, Creativity, Integration, and Cultural Heritage Protection”.
They will also attend activities, including the Chinese and foreign youth gathering, Changsha field visits, and the “Experience Changsha Media Arts Program”. These activities will help bring Changsha closer to the world, and promote its internationalization.
A media arts show will be staged in Tongguan Kiln Ancient Town, Changsha on the evening of March 31. The show will adopt international languages and multimedia arts techniques to tell the stories about Changsha, outline the impressions of Changsha, and show the essence of Changsha’s media arts.
A series of Changsha Media Arts Festival activities will also be held in Changsha’s districts and counties.
Chinese source: icswb.com