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International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road (Changsha Session)

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Closing Ceremony

2017-04-21

 

The three-day International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road (Changsha Session) lowers its curtain after all the agendas were completed on the morning of April 20, 2017.

 

President of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations Bhatnagar Dhirendra expects the youths participated in the event could join in their own countries’ cultural creative activities and are committed to promoting cultural development.

 

Programme Specialist for UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Eunice Geraldine Smith calls for taking culture as a binder that will link the countries along the route of the “Belt and Road” Initiativ. It is hoped to establish together a community keeping peaceful, understandable, and common progress.

 

Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Changsha Municipal Committee and Publicity Department Director Gao Shan delivers a speech on behalf of the CPC Changsha Municipal Committee and the Changsha Municipal People’s Government.

 

The international youth representatives make heated discussions on creativity and heritage protection and preservation. And the “Changsha Declaration” was made before the closing ceremony.

The three-day International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road (Changsha Session) lowered its curtain after all the agendas were completed on the morning of April 20, 2017. Before the closing ceremony, representatives had heated discussions on creativity and heritage protection and preservation. In addition, they called for raised awareness among duty-bearers of the importance of youth full engagement in promoting peaceful coexistence and sustainable development. The “Changsha Declaration” was later made, and announced at the ceremony.

Through field visits, face-to-face exchanges and forums in the past three days, 105 international guests and youth representatives have enhanced their understanding about Changsha, the three-thousand-year-old ancient city.

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Translator: Yu Jiangjiang

Chinese source: hn.xinhuanet.com

Photo source: news. changsha.cn

 

 

Opening Ceremony

2017-04-18

 

 

The International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road Opens at Yuelu Academy on April 17, 2017.

 

International youth representatives attend the opening ceremony.

 

The International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road Opened at Yuelu Academy in Changsha on the morning of April 17, 2017. 83 youth representatives from 65 countries along the route of the “Belt and Road” Initiative, UNESCO officials, experts, and diplomatic envoys to China attended the Forum.

On the afternoon of April 17, nearly 100 youth representatives attended parallel sessions of the Forum, and shared their views on the inheritance and development of intangible cultural heritage.

 

Parallel sessions of International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road are held in Changsha on April 17.

 

Fazil coming from Azerbaijan gives a live performance art of Tar (Azerbaijani instrument).

 

A youth representative learns to make porcelain at Tongguan Kiln.

 

Background information:
UNESCO and the China National Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with the Municipalities of Changsha and Quanzhou, are organizing the "International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road" in China, from 17 to 22 April 2017.

The Forum will promote youth advocacy on creativity and heritage protection and preservation, in addition to raising awareness among duty-bearers of the importance of youth full engagement in promoting peaceful coexistence and sustainable development. (Source: en.unesco.org)

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Translator: Xiao Juan

Chinese source: hn.chinanews.com

Photo source: hn.chinanews.com; news.changsha.cn

 

 

Fireworks on Orange Isle

2017-04-17

 

On the evening of April 17, 2017, Changsha will hold a high-tech fireworks show. It is part of the scheduled event of the International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road (Changsha Session) which takes place from April 16 to 19. The 20-minute musical fireworks show themed “Maritime Silk Road” will light up the sky above Orange Isle at 20:30.

Global outstanding youth representatives, who were here in Changsha to attend the Forum, will be arranged to enjoy the fireworks while discussing the theme of "Global Youth in Changsha" on a cruise. This is a wonderful chance for them to be exposed to Changsha's beauty.

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Translator: Xiao Juan

Chinese source: changsha.gov.cn

Photo source: changsha.com.cn

 

 

International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road (Changsha Session) Underway

2017-04-17

 

The International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road is taking place now in Changsha. Started from April 16, the Changsha Session will last till April 19. The Forum is co-hosted by UNESCO, the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations, the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, and the Changsha Municipal People’s Government. Four major events are scheduled, including opening ceremony, parallel sessions, Changsha achievement presentation, and closing ceremony. Three supporting activities, namely, intangible cultural heritage exhibition, high-tech fireworks show, and field visits, will be arranged.

 

105 international guests and youth representatives from 74 countries visited Changsha Museum, Changsha Planning Exhibition Hall, Changsha Library and Changsha Concert Hall at Binjiang Cultural Park on April 16.

 

Participants took a close look about Changsha to get to know more about its history and modern advancement.

 

At the Changsha Planning Exhibition Hall, the participants were introduced about Changsha’s ancient streets and its modern technologies, which displayed Changsha’s past and future.

 

A young representative talked about her impression about the city.

 

A young representative gives Changsha the thumbs up.

 

Mareu Swidrak, coming from Poland, said this is his first visit to Changsha. “I am really impressed by Changsha. Poland does not have similar regional planning exhibition hall and equipment. The exhibition hall is amazing.”

An Arabian youth, called Ahmad Alonbaidli got a new understanding of Changsha from the tour. He was particularly impressed by the city’s development blueprint after visiting the hall.

Nicoceta from Moldova said that it was her first trip to Changsha but this definitely will not be the last. “I’d love to invite my friends to Changsha to taste the local food and experience the folk customs. I am also looking forward to seeing a better developed Changsha.” The promising city and hospitable people are the reasons for her to make future visits, she added.


Overview of the Forum

Opening Ceremony and Theme Forum
Time: April 17
Venue: Yuelu Academy, Hunan University
9:30-10:30 Opening Ceremony
10:30-12:30 Theme Forum
Expert presentations on youth participation and contribution to:
• Protection and transmission of Intangible Cultural Heritage through media arts
• Intergenerational and intercultural collaboration for developing sustainable cities
• Questions and Answers

Parallel Sessions
Time: April 17
Venue: Empark Grand Hotel
Parallel Sessions on:
• Intangible cultural heritage
• Intergeneration and intercultural collaboration
• Creative industry
• Media art city construction

Changsha Achievement Presentation
Time: April 18
Venue: Empark Grand Hotel

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Translator: Xiao Juan

Chinese source: hunan.gov.cn

 

 

Background Information

2017-04-13

 

From 17-22 April 2017, UNESCO and the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO are co-organizing an International Youth Forum in collaboration with the Municipalities of Changsha and Quanzhou, which will bring together young women and men from 65 countries along the Silk Roads. The objectives of the Forum are to promote youth advocacy on creativity and heritage protection and preservation, as well as to raise awareness among duty-bearers of the importance of youth full engagement in promoting peaceful coexistence and sustainable development.

Heritage implies something which has been conveyed or handed down from generation to generation. It is the transference of a legacy, a source of identity and cohesion for communities. Creativity contributes to building open, inclusive and pluralistic societies. Both heritage and creativity lay the foundations for vibrant, innovative and prosperous knowledge societies.

During the forum, young participants will be invited to visit exemplary creativity and heritage sites, to further deepen their engagement with experts from creative industries and heritage protection, to experience good practices in creativity, and to have an opportunity to discuss how youth can support and benefit from culture-based development.

In addition, participants will also have the opportunity to shape a scholarship and training programme on creativity and heritage for youth, and to explore and participate in the UNESCO project on the Creation of an Open Digital Library on Traditional Games.

The vision for this forum is to encourage and to raise awareness and build capacity in tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate actively in creativity and in heritage conservation on a local as well as on a global scale, and to mobilize exchanges and dialogue among the youth so as to build network of relationships which align with and support the objectives of Axis III of UNESCO Operational Strategy on Youth (2014-2021), engaging young women and men as active citizens toward democratic consolidation, sustainable communities and peace, and #Unite4Heritage, and celebrating and safeguarding cultural heritage and diversity around the world.

 

Source: en.unesco.org