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Third International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads, 31 March - 6 April 2019, China


Deadline:

February 15, 2019

Event Date:

March 31, 2019 - April 06, 2019


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Call for Applications for the International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads in China

UNESCO, in collaboration with the National Commission of People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, is pleased to invite young women and men aged 18-30 years, from countries along the maritime and terrestrial Silk Roads to participate in the Third International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads (IYF3), to be held in Changsha and Nanjing.

The IYF3 is focusing on the theme “Youth Creativity and Innovation in the Age of Media Arts” with objectives to:

  • provide young people an opportunity to voice their interests and concerns on advancing creativity through the promotion of tangible and intangible cultural heritage towards a sustainable future, utilizing the Media Arts as tools and vectors for this purpose.
  • seek to mobilize youth inclusion in the cultural and creative industries that promote our common heritage through the vast array of Media Arts.

Interested applicants for the IYF3, who are between the ages of 18 to 30 and coming from a country along the terrestrial and maritime Silk Roads in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and North America, the Arab States, and the Asia and Pacific region, are strongly encouraged to submit applications as requested.

The Third International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads will be held in Changsha and Nanjing, from 31 March to 6 April 2019, focusing on the theme of “Youth Creativity and innovation in the age of Media Arts”. This third edition is organized as a follow-up to and building on the successes of the first two International Youth Fora (IYF) held in Changsha and Quanzhou in April 2017, and in Changsha and Nanjing in May 2018. This forum is a joint initiative between UNESCO and the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO.

It is expected that approximately 120 youth delegates and entrepreneurs will participate in IYF3, including 10 young artists who will participate in the “Experience Changsha” Young Artists Residency Programme. 60 will come from countries along the terrestrial and maritime Silk Roads in Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe. In line with UNESCO’s Global Priority for Africa, the number of participants from African countries will be doubled to 20, while a further 40 will come from China.

Participants invited to attend this Youth Forum will be drawn from the terrestrial and maritime Silk Roads in Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean and Africa, and others will come from China. As an integral part of IYF2, the “Literature and Publishing” section of the 8th Nanjing Historical and Cultural Cities Expo, was incorporated into the Forum with a view to raising awareness of the role literature can play in development. Ce forum est une initiative conjointe de l'UNESCO et de la Commission nationale chinoise pour l'UNESCO.

The IYF3 is focusing on the theme “Youth Creativity and Innovation in the Age of Media Arts” with objectives to:

1. provide young people an opportunity to voice their interests and concerns on advancing creativity through the promotion of tangible and intangible cultural heritage towards a sustainable future, utilizing the Media Arts as tools and vectors for this purpose.

2. seek to mobilize youth inclusion in the cultural and creative industries that promote our common heritage through the vast array of Media Arts. 

We live in a fast paced and ever changing world, and youth are facing a variety of issues including concerns over employment and securing livelihood opportunities; safety and security; keeping up-to-date with rapid technological advances; as well as the impact and influences of globalization and global travel. Often times, the voice of young professionals are not heard in the debates and may not be taken into account with decisions are being made. Yet, today’s young persons will be the ones who in a few years will benefit from or feel the burden of decisions taken today and in which they had no say. 

Hence the IYF3 is being organized to support approximately 120 youth participants experienced in creativity, media arts, literature as well as heritage promotion and preservation. In line with UNESCO's Global Priority for Africa, the number of participants from African countries will be doubled to 20 at the IYF3. Furthermore, 10 participants, who are qualified with work experience and/or formal training in Media Arts and Design will be selected to take part in the “Experience Changsha Media Arts Residency Programme”, from 7 April to 3 May in Changsha, to delve deeper into media arts and improve relevant techniques and knowledge.

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Publish Date
January 29, 2019




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