Egypt prepares for World Youth Festival in Russia

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 26 Dec 2023

The Egyptian committee tasked with preparing for the country’s participation in the World Youth Festival in Russia 1-7 March 2024 has met several times to finalize arrangements.

Members of the organizing committee
Members of the organizing committee Barani, El-Batesh, Gad, El-Shehabi with Ministry of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi and Russian Centres director Marat Gatin.


The World Youth Festival is the largest global youth event organized by Russia every four years.

The festival is a platform for open conversation and exchange of opinions where everyone can express their point of view and be heard, unite to solve social problems, and help each other build a fair world. The festival is a chance to start a dialogue and search for mutual understanding regardless of one’s nationality, political views, or cultural peculiarities.

The organizing committee from Egypt comprises engineer Ahmed Barani, a member of the Presidential Programme for Preparing Youth for Leadership, as head of the Egyptian Preparatory Committee; Abdullah El-Batesh, assistant minister of youth and sports, as a rapporteur; Sherif Gad, president of the Russian and Soviet Universities Alumni Association, as secretary-general; and Head of the Generation Party Nagui El-Shehabi.

Barani indicated that 4,500 young Egyptians, including 120 individuals aged 13 to 17 applied to participate in the festival.

This number is the highest of any Arab country, and the second highest globally, a testament to the depth of relations between the Egyptian and Russian peoples, Barani said.

The selection of participants will be completely transparent and in accordance with an electronic evaluation system designed by the Russian side, he added.

El-Batesh indicated that the committee will begin interviewing applicants in the coming weeks.

He explained the selection criteria, saying it will include an objective assessment of knowledge, language proficiency, fair representation of nationalities, and geographic diversity.

The assistant minister noted that the Ministry of Youth and Sports vehemently supports Egyptian participation, adding that the committee is working around the clock to prepare so they can put their best foot forward during the festival.

Sherif Gad, who headed the Egyptian delegation in the 2017 edition, said that Egypt was among the top seven countries out of 180, alongside Serbia, Turkey, Argentina, Russia, Brazil, and Bulgaria.

"The state’s support for us in this session will help us provide distinguished Egyptian participation. We will present artistic performances through a musical singing show by the Al-Banadra band, led by maestro Mohamed Ezzat, and a ballet show inspired by the ancient Egyptian civilization."

El-Shehabi said that the form and content of the 2024 festival will different than previous editions, pointing out that the balance of power in the world is changing and "our planet is on the cusp of a multi-polar world that is safer and more just.”

“The young people participating in the festival represent the globe with all its different countries and languages and confirm  their desire for peace to prevail based on justice," he said, stressing that the Egyptian delegation will be keen to present its best to the peoples of the world and will be a good image of Egypt and its New Republic.

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