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Sochi Chosen to Host the World Festival of Youth and Students 2017

Sochi on the Black Sea
Sochi, on the Black Sea (Via Pasha Kovalenko)

Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi will play host to the next World Festival of Youth and Students in 2017. Russia's Federal Agency for the Affairs of the Youth (Rosmolodezh) told reporters this weekend of the decision by organizers.

The World Festivals of Youth and Student are organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) every four years, since 1947. The first ever festival was held in Prague, but Moscow has hosted the event twice, in 1957 and 1985. Last time, the World Festival of Youth and Students was held in Ecuador in 2013. 

In November 2015, a session of the WFDY General Assembly in the Cuban capital city, Havana, approved Russia’s bid to host the youth festival in 2017. Then in February, the 160 youth organizations of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) made its final decision. 

The Russian Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh) that oversaw Russia's application to host the festival, expects at least 30,000 delegates from more than 140 countries will attend the festival. 

Image credit: Many thanks to Our Russia's friend, Sochi photographer Pasha Kovalenko