This year’s 19th World Festival of Youth and Students taking place in Sochi, Russia from Oct. 15-21 will dedicate the event to Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
The decision was made in recognition of Fidel’s enduring legacy, and decisive contribution to the preservation of the tradition of such festivals and the defense of their founding principles.
Other remarcable figures such as Che Guevara, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his murder in Bolivia; and Mohamed Abdelaziz, who led fights to obtain the independence of Western Sahara, will be remembered during the festival.
This year’s World Festival of Youth Sochi 2017 was organized via a series of workshops and seminars in Sri Lanka and will unite young people from countries around the world, with the purpose of fostering an open, honest dialogue among youth on cultural, political and economic issues.
It is expected to continue building an international community of young people by engaging them with the challenges they will face as adults. The festival attracts thousands of youth from over 100 countries.