Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Youth Festival celebrates the United Nations declared "International Year of the Youth"

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Youth Festival has been designed developed and successfully delivered to celebrate the international year of youth as declared by the United Nations. While launching a local festival the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has partnered and socially networked the Youth festival with global celebration of youth.

The Youth Festival was conceptually arranged to address the concerns of youth, youth development, and positive change by utilising:
*a South African award winning movie "Hopeville", *dance and drama workshops, *a night of dance celebrating youth, *a concert celebrating young artists, *and a youth leadership forum that engaged the topic of leadership for change.

Every event was underpinned and grounded in the hope of deepening non racialism and building our communities and nation.

From the early reports of participants and observers it is clear that the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation "Youth Festival 2011" has been a social innovation and intervention, accepted and appreciated by the participants and communities represented.
Communities of the south viz. Lenasia, Lenasia South, Soweto, Ennerdale, Walkerville, Orange Farm, and other regional, national and international communities were represented by the diverse gathering of youth, youth leaders, community members, religious leaders and some business leaders.

All events within the Youth Festival had a good number of attendees, and the diversity was amazing.

We have realised a Youth Festival that truly celebrated the diversity of South Africa and it has been amazing to hear young people voice their concerns, anxieties and hopes for the future.

Thank you to all collaborating organisations, networking partners, community members and amazing youth!

Seth Naicker
in consulting capacity
Director of Youth Services
Ahmed Kathrada Foundation