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MOSCOW, June 5. /TASS/. The next World Festival of Youth and Students will be held in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi in October 2017, a spokesman for Russia’s Federal Agency for the Affairs of the Youth (Rosmolodezh) told TASS on Sunday after the festival’s first preparatory meeting in Venezuela’s Caracas.
"The festival will be held in Sochi in October 2017," the spokesman said. "The decision was passed unanimously."
The World Festivals of Youth and Student are organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) every four years starting from 1947. The first festival was held in Prague. Moscow has hosted the event twice, in 1957 and 1985. The previous 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, the Russian bid being the only one supported by the WFDY. In early February, the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), which now comprises about 160 youth organizations, took a final decision that the next Festival of Youth and Students in 2017 will be held in Russia.
Rosmolodezh, which supervised the Russian bid, expects the 2017 festival to attract up to 30,000 participants from more than 140 world nations.