An Encounter between Youth and History - Key Words for the Time-Honored City: “Belt and Road”, Youth and Media Arts | 12 14, 2022

(2022 International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads & Changsha Media Arts Festival Opens (Photography / Liu Jia, Changsha Online Reporter)

  (2022 International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads & Changsha Media Arts Festival Opens)

(Youth representatives from BRI countries share their thoughts and experiences about participating in the forum)

(The theme of the 2022 Youth Media Art Exhibition is “Let’s Enjoy the Beauty of Media Arts”.)

(The exhibition invited a number of exhibitors at home and abroad, including the Central Academy of Fine Arts, China Academy of Art, Tama Art University in Japan, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, and the Academy of Fine Arts of Hunan Normal University.)

(The works of nearly 30 young media artists from home and abroad were exhibited using interactive images, glass and steel sculptures, laser installations and other technical means)

(The 2022 Youth Media Art Exhibition is the highest level of its kind in China).

(Exhibited Works)

(Exhibited Works)

(Representative Works of the 2022 Changsha "Media Arts on Campus" Campaign)

(Representative Works of the 2022 Changsha "Media Arts on Campus" Campaign. All photos above were taken by Liu Jia, Reporter of Changsha Online)


(Changsha Online Reporter Liu Jia) On the morning of December 14, the 2022 International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads & Changsha Media Arts Festival, which is co-organized by UNESCO, the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, the Changsha Municipal People's Government and the Nanjing Municipal People's Government, opened at the Xie Zilong Photography Museum (XPM), with the aim of enhancing interaction among young people around the world and promoting Changsha culture.


The theme of the forum’s online session is "Youth Creativity to Promote Intercultural Dialogue and Tackle Global Challenges", which aims to promote mutual exchanges among youths from all over the world, encourage them to follow the historical trend and show their commitment, and contribute in global sustainable development. The event is a combination of online meetings and offline activities, where youth representatives from BRI countries will dialogue with Chinese and international youths in Beijing, Changsha and Nanjing through online meetings.


On the morning of December 14, offline activities of the event were held in Changsha XPM, which launched the 2022 China (Changsha) Youth Media Art Exhibition and the 2022 Exhibition of Excellent Works of "Media Arts on Campus" Activity. Three young media artists delivered keynote speeches, and Prof. Shahbaz Khan, UNESCO Representative to China, sent a video message.


The UNESCO Creative “City of Media Arts”, China's Happiest City... Numerous honorary titles have made Changsha a world-famous instagrammable city, and Changsha is opening its arms to embrace youth from BRI countries. According to Changsha Online, at the national pilot deployment and promotion meeting of youth development city construction in Changsha and the joint meeting of youth work in 2022 held on December 12, Wu Guiying, member of the Standing Committee of CPC Hunan Provincial Committee and Secretary of CPC Changsha Municipal Committee, stressed the need to build an open and inclusive city of youth vitality. She pointed out that youth development should be prioritized, the planning system of youth development should be improved, and the layout of youth development facilities should be optimized, hence, a youthful and dynamic city image could be shaped to boost youth development. Luo Xiaoque, Deputy Director of the Publicity Department of the CPC Changsha Municipal Committee, said in his speech that the International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads has opened a window for Changsha's culture to go global and for youths from different countries to learn about Changsha; It opens a window and builds a bridge for friendly exchanges and mutual appreciation of civilizations.


The International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads is an international youth cultural exchange event held under the framework of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China. Since the first forum was held in Changsha in 2017, various domestic and foreign youth representatives have visited and stayed in Changsha, and the forum has become a benchmark for cross-cultural friendly exchanges, a platform for spreading China's voice to the world, and a bridge for youth from various countries to build friendship, share wisdom and reach consensus. In the future, Changsha will make every effort to build an international cultural and creative center and a youth development city with a more open and active attitude, a broader and deeper vision, and more creative and innovative practices, so as to further strengthen interconnection with the world and contribute Changsha's wisdom and strength in the process of promoting the exchange and mutual understanding of world civilizations and building a community with a shared future for mankind.


On December 15, online meetings of the 2022 International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads online event will also be held in Maranshan Video Cultural and Creative Industrial Park, with the participation of UNESCO officials, Chinese National Commission for UNESCO officials, and youth representatives from BRI countries.
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