Regaining youth’s trust and implementing their potential and abilities into solving the dominating culture problems are the conference’s main goals
Under the supervision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Culture, and the Supreme Council of Culture, Egypt is set to host its first conference discussing the role of youth in improving the cultural scene in Egypt. From 30 July to 3 August, the conference takes place in Luxor, according to a statement published on the Supreme Council of Culture’s official Facebook page.
The conference aims to re-empower the youth’s enhancements in all cultural fields and rebuild the lost connections between the country’s two dominating generations.
Targeting youth aged 17 to 35, the conference opens gates for young generations to offer new visions towards the future, as well as plans for applying them into a certain timeline.
“Egyptian youth frame the bigger percent of Egypt’s society, so we (the ministries) have to use that power and implement it in the process of fixing and improving the culture, especially with their creative future vision, which they got from freely opening to the outside world,” the statement reads.
Regaining youth’s powers and implementing them into fixing the current cultural crisis taking over the Egyptian society is the one main goal. The statement assures that “a lot of youth are turning their heads away from the inherited social cultural knowledge, which led into the detachment of huge segments of young Egyptians from the mainstream culture scene. That eventually created a lack of trust from their side (the youth’s) to the offered culture speech and its potentials,” the statement clarified.
The conference is to open discussion panels between young participants and officials from the Ministry of Culture in the fields of art, music, theatre, literature, dancing, cinema, photography, graffiti, calligraphy, heritage, and cultural entrepreneurship.
“Egypt is currently witnessing a clear, noticeable deterioration in its cultural effectiveness on both regional and international sides,” the statement added.
Through speeches by public cultural figures, workshops in which participants get to learn how to establish and improve a total cultural project using available resources, and side discussion workshops about the current cultural problems among youth and their solutions, the conference aims to create one united platform where the two point of views meet and get along.
The five day event to mainly focus on fighting the cultural phenomena taking over young generations, such as violence and extremism and a lack of innovative technology, as well as the youth’s role in preserving Egypt’s culture heritage.
The conference also contains an entertaining programme for the participants with several activities, including visits to historical destinations and Nile tours.
Applications can be submitted until 15 July.