130 delegates and 40 volunteers from Voronezh will take part in the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students, which starts in Sochi on October 14. This was reported by Galina Ivanova, First Deputy Head of the Department of Education, Science and Youth Policy of the Voronezh Region, and Sergey Afanasyev, Head of the Department for Project and Program Activities in the Youth Environment of the Department of Education, Science and Youth Policy of the Voronezh Region, at the press conference that took place in the Officers' House on Wednesday, October 11.
All the delegation members have undergone strict selection. Leaders of youth non-profit organizations, student self-government, political parties, sports associations, teachers and scientists are among them. The participants are from 18 to 35 years old.
As Sergey Afanasyev noted, the main mission of the Voronezh delegation at the festival is to help to dismiss the stereotypes related to our country.
- Russia is a country of possibilities. There are no bears and tanks on our streets. We would like you to tell this to the people who will come to the festival from different countries, Sergey Afanasyev emphasized, addressing the delegation members.
At the festival, the Voronezh Region will present an exhibition stand, the main motto of which is the inscription "I want to go to Voronezh". The Voronezh delegation members will be dressed in gray sweatshirts with the same phrase.
Galina Ivanova expressed her hope that the youth delegation from the Voronezh Region would be active and noticeable at the International Festival in Sochi. She stressed that the Voronezh students will communicate not only with delegations of students from Russia, but also from other countries.
- I hope that you will be noticeable and show yourself as Voronezh youth can show themselves. The festival is a site where you can learn something, to spy on something, so that later you will be able to realize it here. When guys come back from various youth forums, we immediately see it, Galina Ivanova noted.
The speakers will be world-renowned motivational speaker Nick Vuychich, Director General of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Marko Lambertini, Google Foreign Policy Director Avni Doron, writer Frederic Begbekter, FIFA Secretary General Samoura Fatma.
In addition to the colorful Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the WFYS-2017 participants will see an art center, the International Youth Film Forum, More Jam Festival, a dance workshop, a football championship, master classes in figure skating, extreme sports competitions and much more.
Galina Ivanova confessed that in 1985 she accompanied the student delegation to the World Festival of Youth and Students.
- It was great, I was very jealous of them. I envy you, too, because there will be an event in your life, which, I hope, you will remember forever. Such events are rarely held in our country, Galina Ivanova addressed the delegates from the Voronezh Region.
RIA "Voronezh" note for information
The World Festival of Youth and Students will be held in Moscow and Sochi from October 14 to October 22, 2017. Our country is hosting the international festival for the third time. Previously, the world festivals of youth and students were held in the USSR in 1957 and 1985.
International Parade-Carnival of Students will be held in Moscow on October 14, and the main events of the festival will be held in Sochi Olympic Park from October 15 to 22. More than 20,000 young people will participate in the international forum; 10,000 of them are foreigners. Applications for participation in the festival came from almost 190 countries around the world. In the first days of the festival, the foreign delegations will visit 15 constituent entities of the Russian Federation within the framework of the regional program, which is foreseen for the first time in the history of the festivals.