Silk Road & Young Dreams gala kicks off in China

  • Event aims for youth connectivity along BRI countries
- Anuj Kumar Adhikari, BEIJING

Aug 13, 2018-

The first Silk Road & Young Dreams, an international gala event of youth exchange, kicked off in Beijing on Sunday with two themes ‘youth communication’ and ‘people-to-people bond’. The four day event is organised to provide a stage for the youths along the Silk and Road to shine with talents and potentials and to share their dreams as well as to serve as a bridge to interact with the society.

Around 100 young participants from 26 countries along the Belt and Road including Nepal participated in the event that constituted ‘get on the road, get to the sky’ as its main slogan. Young participants from different countries competed with each other on three categories: speech, music and photography.

Speaking at the ceremony, Former director of State Council Information office of China Zhao Quizheng said: “The backbone of cultural exchanges is youth. They are not only the future of countries, but also the historical mission of consolidating friendship between nations,” adding, “With the culture as the element and the competitive exchange as the carrier, this event will surely promote the construction of the “Belt and Road” for the youth along the route, and promote the connections of the people’s heart.”

Binija Kaphle, a Nepali student studying at Institute of Tibetan Plateau in Beijing enthralled the conference venue with popular Nepali song ‘Phool Ko Aankha Ma Phoolai Sansar’ while photographs by Nepali students Nawal Shrestha and Sanjeev Dhakal featuring unique Nepali culture ‘lakhey’ and ‘wedding ceremony’ were showcased in the photo competition.

“China has achieved a tremendous success in just 40 years. They have lifted millions out of poverty with excellent governance. Therefore, youth around the world look China as a role model. Cooperation in this Silk Road & Young Dream would surely prove to be a fruitful venture for other youths as it identifies potential youth for collaborative programmes later in the future,” said Kaphle.

The programme was jointly organized by Silk Road Cities Alliance, Beijing Belt and Road Cooperative Community and Renmin University of China. The co-hosts also announced the establishment of Silk Road Young Leaders Club as one of the most important follow-up actions of the Silk Road & Young Dreams, with an aim to enhance the regular communication and exchange.

The programme initiated to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Belt and Road Initiative also coincided with the International Youth Day. According to the organizers, the Silk Road & Young Dreams intends not only at serving as a platform for young people exchange, but also a bridge that unites the societies and connects the world.

Published: 13-08-2018 15:57

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