The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in collaboration with the National Commission of People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, is inviting young women and men aged between 18 and 30 from countries along the maritime and terrestrial Silk Roads to participate in the Third International Youth Forum (IYF) on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads (IYF3), to be held in Changsha and Nanjing, Sunday, March 31 through Saturday, April 6, 2019.

The IYF3 is focusing on the theme “Youth Creativity and Innovation in the Age of Media Arts” with objectives to provide young people an opportunity to voice their interests and concerns on advancing creativity through the promotion of tangible and intangible cultural heritage towards a sustainable future, utilizing the Media Arts as tools and vectors for this purpose.  The IYF also seek to mobilize youth inclusion in the cultural and creative industries that promote a common heritage through the vast array of Media Arts.

The IYF3 is organised to support approximately 120 youth participants experienced in creativity, media arts, literature as well as heritage promotion and preservation. In line with UNESCO’s Global Priority for Africa, the number of participants from African countries will be doubled to 20 at the IYF3. Furthermore, 10 participants, who are qualified with work experience and/or formal training in Media Arts and Design will be selected to take part in the “Experience Changsha Media Arts Residency Programme” to delve deeper into media arts and improve relevant techniques and knowledge.


  • Open to young women and men between the ages of 18 and 30
  • Applicants should come from a country along the terrestrial and maritime Silk Roads in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and North America, the Arab States, and the Asia and Pacific region


Interested applicants should download the word or PDF format application form, complete and send it to [email protected] on or before midnight Beijing time (GMT +8) on Friday, February 15, 2019.

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