On the afternoon of May 23, 2018, the Achievement Demonstration of 2018 IYF is held in Changsha.
A youth delegate from India notes, “We should think about how to encourage young people to return to rural areas to protect agricultural cultural heritage. And we should leverage technology to digitalize culture and showcase the digitalized heritage to the world. ”
A youth delegate from Pakistan states, “Connectivity provides us with unprecedented opportunities. We young generation should put our innovative ideas into practice.”
（Youth expresses gratitude to Changsha for holding such an excellent event.）
A youth delegate expresses gratitude to Changsha for holding such an excellent event.
The Achievement Demonstration of 2018 IYF is chaired by Eunice Geraldine Smith, Programme Specialist of Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO Beijing Office.Photo/Liu Jia
International Youth Delegates
Discuss Cultural Heritage
Protection and Development
On the afternoon of May 23, 2018, the Achievement Demonstration of the International Youth Forum (IYF): Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road was held in Changsha. Youth delegates from the Belt and Road countries shared their opinions on the inheritance, protection, and development of cultural heritage.
Different countries and regions should understand each other and appreciate each other’s cultural traditions. The youth delegates on the scene expressed that Changsha is a historic and cultural city full of creativity, vigor, and happiness. Its innovative development and hospitality impressed them deeply.
CPC Changsha Municipal Committee Publicity Department Deputy Director Long Gangyue said, “Our youths are the most creative people in our society, and creativity is the most important factor for development.” He hoped that the youth will serve as good cultural disseminators, cultural heritage guardians, and innovation incubators, to assume greater responsibility for and make more contributions to cultural heritage protection, cultural prosperity, and sustainable development.
The 2018 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road concluded on the same day.
Eight young artists from seven countries have been selected to participate in the “Experience Changsha Media Arts Program”. They will spend three weeks to learn about Hunan’s natural landscape; history and customs; and, culture and creative arts. A series of creations will be made in such areas as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, media arts, and heritage preservation.