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02 October 2023

UAE school youth festival in Dubai, Ajman

By VM Sathish

The inaugural UAE School Youth Festival - a cultural showcase to reflect the artistic abilities of students of all the Indian schools in the UAE- will take place during the last week of April in Dubai and Ajman. The organisers of the two day event in two Emirates estimate nearly 2500 students from various schools in the UAE to take part in the Youth Festival that will host about 35 different art and culture events and select the best talents in various fields. While the annual school youth festival is a major carnival to test the creative skills of the young students back home, such major Youth Festivals are rarely held for Indian school students in the UAE. For the Indian school students in the UAE who cannot take part in the annual Youth Festivals in Kerala, the event opens a chance to take part in the competitions and win prizes.

The stage activities will be held at Habitat International School and Indian International School in Ajman and the off-stage competitions will be held in Dubai. “The Festival aims to engage the students in creative art and activities to provide an opportunity to showcase their talent publically, and to be judged by professionals in their field. This will be a festival of competitions and activities for students and it aims to represent diverse cultures and pupils from different Indian states”said A.K. Faisal, Chairman of the Festival Committee and the executive director of Malabar Gold and Diamonds.

Among the various dance items listed for the youth talents from the UAE schools includes Bharatnatyam, cinematic dance, Margam Kali, Thiruvathira, Oppana, folk dance, various forms of music, Carnatic, light music, among others. Students can compete in mimicry mono act, literary writings and essay competitions, elocution competitions, story writing, paintings and drawings to mention some of the items. 

The show consists of 35 medal-contending competitions. Over two days, 2500 of the best emerging talents in the UAE will compete and the emerging winners will be honoured with titles (UAE Kalathilakam and Kalaprathiba). The overall championship trophy will be awarded to the school which scores the highest points. The contests held for various age groups and categories will have a fixed number of entrants from one school for each age group.

On the sidelines of the event, the organizers have also planned cultural and social events including honoring senior artistes and in addition to the school youth festival. Interested candidates can register through their schools or they can download applications from www.uaeschoolyouthfest.com The two-day programme, organized by the Dubai-based Influence PR Management has a variety of events stretching from art and music to acting, dancing and story-telling .