The Young Visionary Festival- 2005November 14, 2017
The Young Visionary 2005 was ‘A Festival of creative expression and youth empowerment’. A five day celebration, this innovative platform was devised by the Foundation for young people to come forward to express their Vision for the world they would like to inherit. Held at Bal Bhawan, The Young Visionary 2005” was our first attempt to bring all our young friends on a common platform, to share ideas and opinions and flow easily towards one another. Active workshops on Citizenship and Democracy had kick-started a year before the festival across 21 private and public schools in Delhi.
It was attended by the then Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi, Ms. Sheila Dikshit, industrialist Mr. Navin Jindal, Ms. Nandita Das, Mr. Pankaj Pachauri and many other eminent personalities who not only inspired students, but were left inspired by the ‘infectious enthusiasm of the students’.
The Young Visionary 2005 was a Carnival of Learning and Fun with over 2500 participants from private as well as Government and NGO schools, enabling the integration of different classes and backgrounds.
Theatre, music, dance, traditional and contemporary, a mingling of crafts people and artisans from various states in India, puppetry and street plays, workshops and lectures helped open a world of richness and diversity for our young Visionaries. During the day, we would run the drama/ music/ dance festivals, where each school would participate in a celebration of the art form.
Stalls were also made available for NGOs to set up small orientation booths – to explain their activities, and set up a volunteer drive.
At the end of the Festival, the Student Councils released an Action Plan: “Vision 2006” that was set into motion. A set of targets, along with a monitoring and review system made students active Stakeholders who would carry forward their learning from the Festival and think of innovative solutions to the problems at hand.
This festival was a cornerstone in The Foundation’s growth. It helped us connect with thousands of young people, many of whom form the core behind our work today!