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 » Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads to start in China
18.05.2018 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads to start in China


The second edition of the “International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads” will begin on Monday 21 May 2018 in the city of Changsha, China. The Forum will bring together more than 60 international youth delegates from 45 different countries along the maritime and terrestrial Silk Roads, together with an equal number of Chinese young citizens.

IYF2, as the Forum is referred to, will be divided into two sessions, the first of which will be held in Changsha, Hunan Province, 21-23 May. International delegates will then travel to Nanjing, capital city of Jiangsu Province for the second part in the IYF2, 24-26 May 2018.  During the Changsha leg, young women and men are to engage with experts and government officials from China and abroad, as well as their peers on the importance of promoting creativity and heritage for development.  The discussions will culminate in recommendations on the role youth can play in advancing creativity and promoting heritage for development.

In Nanjing the focus will shift to promoting literature and intangible cultural heritage for development, and participants will also have the opportunity to engage with experts and government officials.  IYF participants will also attend the opening of the “8th World Historical & Cultural Cities Expo”, on Friday 25 May 2018 in Nanjing, and engage in a series of talks on the ways in which literature has been influenced along the Silk Roads.

The agenda also features other action packed events such as hands-on workshops including in ancient book preservation techniques, interactive sharing sessions, experimental arts exhibitions, and field visits to innovation labs, heritage sites, libraries and universities in both cities.  

At the end of the Forum, 8 international youth delegates will stay on in China for a further three weeks to participate in the “Experience Changsha Media Arts and ICH Program”. The program, which was announced at the 2017 IYF by the Changsha Municipality, will give the selected participants who have a background and experience in media arts, the opportunity to improve their artistic skills and learn more about traditional Chinese craftsmanship.  Participants in the “Experience Changsha” Program will also have the opportunity to create an art piece which will be showcased in the “Hunan Media Arts Gallery” and that will later join the “Changsha- Media Arts City Exhibition” at the City’s Media Arts Development Center.

Eunice Smith, e.smith(at)unesco.org

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