An Inter-Active programme with the Indian delegates bound for the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students, to be held at Sochi, Russia on October 14-22, 2017, was organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi jointly with the International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs and BRICS International Forum.
Over 80 delegates from Delhi out of about 400 selected from all over India are leaving by October 12 and 13. Besides Sochi, the Festival will take place in the biggest 17 cities of Russia. More than 20,000 people aged between 18 and 35 from more than 150 countries will participate in the XIX Festival, that include leaders of youth NGOs and political parties, young journalists, artists, sportsmen, young professors and scientists as well as compatriots and foreigners who study Russian language and are interested in the Russian culture. Representatives of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of India will also participate in the Festival.
A video specially shot by the National Preparatory Committee of India for the Festival as part of the International Internet project #HelloRussia2017 was shown on the occasion. For the preparation of the clip, menders of the Indian NPC as well as the staff of the RCSC and a number of youth organisations marched from the India Gate with the Festival’s symbols.
The delegates were welcomed by Dr. Caroline Maninee, head of the delegation, who represented the BRICS International Forum and head of the Indian delegation to the BRICS Youth Leadership Seminar held in Moscow and Samara.
Mr Rishabh Sethi, representative of the BRICS International Forum, showcased the official videos of the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students consisting of its activities, mainly regional programmes, introduction on parade in Moscow, Red Square, Youth Expo, youth life in BRICS countries, etc.. He also introduced heads of different sections of the delegation and their roles and responsibilities. Necessary guidance regarding travel schedule and procedure was also provided to the delegates present.
Within the framework of the information campaign for the last six months, a number of conferences, familiarisation seminars, round tables, interviews, work meetings and photo exhibitions took place at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta and Trivandrum.
On return from Russia of the Indian delegation, there will be a Round Table “The Future of India and Russia will be at the Hands of Youth” on October 28, 2017 at the Russian Center of Science and Culture with the participation of the Indian delegation to the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi. They will make a multimedia presentation on the topic “Summing up the XIX Festival: Prospects of the Youth Movement”.
Mr Arseny Starkov, Chief Consultant, Culture and Information, RCSC, wished the delegates a fruitful visit to Russia and happy journey.