The first International Youth Cultural Conference (IYCC), held in Kuching this November, aims to empower young people to be the best they can be through sharing ideas on culture and uniting people of diverse cultural background.

The conference, which will be held at Sarawak Cultural Village from Nov 28-30, expects to host around 350 youths between 18 and 25 years old from Malaysia and countries such as Japan, South Korea, Australia, Britain and America.

This joint initiative is believed to be one of the largest youth meetings ever organised via collaboration between Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak (YPS), Sarawak Development Institute (SDI) and Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd.

The organisers are confident about the conference, as they believe that Sarawak has a lot to share with the world.

Participants can look forward to many exciting programmes including talks and simulations relating to understanding unity, a series of forums, a cultural night, and a cultural concert. All these will show the importance of culture to people from all over the world.

YPS secretary Mark Bonchol said the conference would feature local and international speakers with strong convictions of building better societies.

Among those who will be coming are Lauren Prince from the USA, who will be speaking on Promoting Cultural Harmony through Social Media; Jessica Gut from Switzerland, who will talk about Dialogue and Mutual Understanding based on her work experience in Libya and other countries; and Blair Daly from the USA, who will speak on the value of international education exchange in fostering cross-cultural dialogue and genuine appreciation of differences.

YPS has been initiating a host of events that builds on its yearlong programmes focused on building unity and harmony among youths including  ‘Young Professionals dialogue with the Chief Minister’, ‘Unity Talks’, and ‘Smiles of Unity Short Film Competition’.

In the run-up to the conference, there will be a series of Inter-cultural Film Screening that will travel to Miri, Sibu and Kuching. These screenings will showcase foreign cultural films as well as shortlisted entries from the Smiles of Unity Short Film Competition.

The conference is open for volunteering opportunities as conference staff.

For further information on the conference, logon or call Evelette Robin at 082-415484 or 082-416484 during office hours for registration details.


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