World Festival of Youth and Students

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The World Festival of Youth and Students is an international event, organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), a United Nations-recognized international youth non-governmental organization, jointly with the International Union of Students since 1947.

The festival has been held regularly since 1947 as an event of global youth solidarity for democracy and against war and imperialism. The largest festival was the 6th, held in 1957 in Moscow, when 34,000 young people from 131 countries attended the event. This festival also marked the international debut of the song "Moscow Nights", which subsequently went on to become perhaps the most widely recognized Russian song in the world. In terms of the number of the attending countries, the largest festival was the 13th, held in 1989 in Pyongyang when 177 countries attended the event.

The World Federation of Democratic Youth was founded to bring together young people of both the socialist and capitalist countries to promote peaceful cooperation and mutual rejection of war. However, with the onset of the Cold War soon after, the organization and the festivals became a matter of contention within the rivalry. Because of the enormous expenditure and coordination required to support a youth festival, most of the early festivals were held in cities in the socialist countries of Europe. However, many festivals, both then and more so since, have been held in non-socialist countries, affirming the commitment to peaceful coexistence between the peoples living under the different systems.

The last festival took place in Sochi, Russia from 13 to 22 October 2017.

Chronology[edit]

Edition Year Logo Country Host City Participants Number of Represented Countries Motto
1st 1947 Fmje-1.jpg  Czechoslovakia Prague 17,000 71 "Youth Unite, Forward for Lasting Peace!"
2nd 1949 Fmje-2.jpg  Hungary Budapest 20,000 82 "Youth Unite, Forward for Lasting Peace, Democracy, National Independence and a better future for the people"
3rd 1951 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-10013-0001, III. Weltfestspiele, Emblem.jpg  East Germany East Berlin 26,000 104 "For Peace and Friendship – Against Nuclear Weapons"
4th 1953 Fmje-4.jpg  Romania Bucharest 30,000 111 "No! Our generation will not serve death and destruction!."
5th 1955 Fmje-5.jpg  Poland Warsaw 30,000 114 "For Peace and Friendship – Against the Aggressive Imperialist Pacts"
6th 1957 Fmje-6.jpg  Soviet Union Moscow 34,000 131 "For Peace and Friendship"
7th 1959 Fmje-7.jpg  Austria Vienna 18,000 112 "For Peace and Friendship and Peaceful Coexistence"
8th 1962 Fmje-8.jpg  Finland Helsinki 18,000 137 "For Peace and Friendship"
9th 1968 Fmje-9.jpg  Bulgaria Sofia 20,000 138 "For Solidarity, Peace and Friendship"
10th 1973 Fmje-10.jpg  East Germany East Berlin 25,600 140 "For Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, Peace and Friendship"
11th 1978 Fmje-11.jpg  Cuba Havana 18,500 145 "For Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, Peace and Friendship"
12th 1985 Fmje-12.jpg  Soviet Union Moscow 26,000 157 "For Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, Peace and Friendship"
13th 1989 Pyongyang13thWorldFestivalforYouthsandStudents.svg  North Korea Pyongyang 22,000 177 "For Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, Peace and Friendship"
14th 1997 Fmje-14.jpg  Cuba Havana 12,325 136 "For Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, Peace and Friendship"
15th 2001 Fmje-15.jpg  Algeria Algiers 6,500 110 "Let’s Globalize the Struggle For Peace, Solidarity, Development, Against Imperialism"
16th 2005 Fmje-16.jpg  Venezuela Caracas 17,000 144 "For Peace and Solidarity, We Struggle Against Imperialism and War"
17th 2010 Wfys-logo.jpg  South Africa Pretoria 15,000 126 "Let's Defeat Imperialism, for a World of Peace, Solidarity and Social Transformation!"
18th 2013 Ungdomsfestivalen-ecuador-1024x1017.jpg  Ecuador Quito 8,500 80[1] "Youth Unite Against Imperialism, for a World of Peace, Solidarity and Social Transformation!"
19th 2017  Russia Sochi 25,214 185[2] "For peace, solidarity and social justice, we struggle against imperialism. Honoring our past, we build the future!"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El festival busca que los jóvenes tengan presencia". telegrafo.com.ec. 
  2. ^ "#WFYS2017". russia2017.com. 

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