Culture is the soul of a nation, and it is also the common spiritual home of mankind. For thousands of years, the natural environment and historical processes of different regions have nurtured splendid cultures, contributing to the vigor and diversity of the world.
With online media becoming increasingly prevalent, youth culture is deeply influenced by multiple values, and there are various cultural patterns such as ACG (Anime, Comics and Games) culture, emoji culture, demotivating culture and so forth. Meanwhile, benefiting from the popularity of technological means, traditional culture can get more access to cross-border innovation, perfectly integrating with modern culture and youth culture. This transformation not only shows the strong vitality of traditional culture, but also makes it impress more young people.
No matter where the peace has been broken, the peace of all countries will be in danger. Over the years, the world has not been peaceful with regional conflicts occurring from time to time. The outbreak of Russia-Ukraine war in 2022 reminds people that the war has not gone far and maintaining peace is still a common task faced by human society.
3. Photography Contest
A smile is like the bright light that blooms on the people’s faces. Smile appears in an instant, but is unforgettable.
With the theme of “Smile of the Silk Road”, the 5th SRYD photography competition collects photos of smiling people of different skin colors, occupations and ages from all over the world. These vivid images are the great interpretations to the optimistic and peaceful Silk Road spirit.
Registration deadline: August 8
4. Sand Painting Competition
The Silk Road International Sand Painting Competition is an important part of the SRYD. Since 2019, the competition has been successfully held for three consecutive years, and gained supports from all walks of life. The competition aims at promoting the exchanges and development of sand painting art with showing the talents, creativity and dreams of young people.
Theme: Pursuing Dreams and Walking to a Shared Future
Registration deadline: August 1
5. Cultural & Creative Design Competition
"Intangible cultural heritage" is the cultural wealth retained by the ancestors, which is naturally generated and continuously changed in the long river of history.
With the passing of time, the impact of modernization, and the influence of commercialization, intangible cultural heritage has lost its original soil and social environment. Their future requires more than protection.
Silk Road Youth Cultural and Creative Design Competition encourages young people to integrate intangible cultural heritage into the daily life through innovative designs. This will further promote the public's cognition of the concept of cultural inheritance and protection, and contribute to enriching cultural diversity and human creativity.
The details of the competition will be announced soon.
How to sign up?
Search for WeChat Mini Program “喜鹿鹿 Xi Lulu”
Andriod: Scan QR code below by using browser on mobile phone
iOS: Search "Xi Lulu" in APP store
III. Youth "Power Station" Activities
All countries, regions, cities and towns along the two digital routes have the opportunities to be invited or take the initiative in jointly hosting Youth Power Station activities with the organizing committee. It is a great occasion to encourage youths to chase their dreams. Meanwhile, the power stations can show their charm, attracting more attention and enhancing their influence.
1. Lighting up Silk Road Cities
Cities, towns and scenic spots can hold a variety of activities in a week or so to show their charm and uniqueness. The activities can include but not limited to long-distance walking, culture night, investment fair, celebrity dialogue, city forum, food and wine tasting, etc.
2. Lighting up Silk Road Brands
The Belt and Road Initiative has created extensive opportunities for the international trade. The organizing committee will join hands with the embassies and consulates of Silk Road countries in China and Chinese Association of Market Development to create Silk Road Brands, providing Chinese and foreign enterprises and excellent brands with a platform for display, promotion and cooperation.
Participating companies can not only recommend themselves but also help young people through hosting public welfare activities, offering prizes, sponsoring Silk Road Dream Project, organizing enterprise forum and other youth activities.
3. Lighting up Influential Figures
As the role models for young people, celebrities and great masters in all fields can set up Celebrity “Power Station” in their hometowns or cities along the two travel routes, showing their works and achievements and encouraging more young people to strive for dreams. There are opportunities to be awarded the Silk Road Most Influential Person.
IV. Silk Road Dream Camp