Youth festival is typically a themed event that has a wide variety of activities for young people. Common festival themes include art, music, dance, film, games and academics. Some festivals require auditions and applications for performance and/or participation. Large events typically are held in schools, conference centers or outdoor areas.
Many youth festivals are hosted annually by schools, arts programs and religious organization’s in local, national and international locations. Youth festivals generally are theme-based, focusing on the arts, academics, games or social and religious topics.
A large youth festival that focuses on dance might expose young people to multiple styles of dance or might focus on a specific type of dancing. A youth film festival usually spotlights films created by young people on a variety of themes, including peer pressure, sexuality, abuse or popular culture. An academic youth festival typically focuses on a specific academic subject and allows young people to immerse themselves in the topic.
Cultural exchange also might be the focus of some international youth festivals.It is an annual festival of the youth for the youth and by the youth. The only exception is children and aged people also enjoy the festival. The best from among the contestants in each State contest for National honour.
The fields of competition include dance in its various forms, music-vocal and instrumental,solo and group.skits on relevant themes etc. All the representatives stay in one place, get to know the diversity of culture and find a common ground for solidarity. Event participation and application requirements vary by festival. Some youth festivals have invitation- only events that require pre-approval.
Performing at a youth festival typically requires advanced registration and contact with event coordinators. For events that involve competitions, in-person auditions might be re- quired, or applicants might be asked to submit a video or audio recording of the performance, Some events require prepayment of an admission fee and documents indicating that a chaperon will accompany the young attendee or a small group of attendees. The size and location of youth festival venues generally depend on the scope and theme of the particular events. A film festival typically is held indoors in a theater space.
Academic festivals usually are held in schools. A dance festival requires a large indoor space oF outdoor arena with access to a stage and a sound system. Events that involve listening to speakers and breaking up into discussion sessions typically are held in large conference centers that are equipped with presentation tools. Sponsors of youth festivals includes variety of groups and organization’s.
Money for the events might be raised through fund raising efforts and corporate sponsors or might be provided by festival admission fees. Academic events typically are sponsored by schools and education organization’s. Art and music schools sometimes host events to increase arts awareness among young people. Many religious organization’s host large events for youths to encourage fellowship and interaction with people of the same faith or other religions.
School Arts Festival of Kerala (Malayalam) is an annual event conducted by the state government of Kerala, featuring several art competitions for high school and higher secondary school students of Kerala. The festival was started in 1956, and till 2008, it was called as “Kerala State School Youth Festival”.
The participants are students from classes &8th to 12th, Winners from different revenue districts for a particular event will be competing in state level competition. The event is usually conducted in December-January months of a year. Kerala School Kalolsavam is a festival unique in its structure and organisation. The organisational set up from school level to state level for the conduct of the Kalolsavam is monitored by Education Department as per the manual drafted by experts in the field.
Looking back into the history of School Kalolsavam in the last 53 years it is seen that the Kalolsavam has refined much in letter and spirit. Students get opportunity to express their talent in school level, sub district level, district level and at last at state level. When performers reach state level, perfection reaches its zenith.
In the year 2000, Millennium trophy a beautiful dancing Nataraja trophy was introduced. Today there are numerous trophies, cash prizes, grace marks etc. to the winners. The system of Kalathilakam & Kalaprathiba was dispensed with to eliminate unhealthy competition.
The festival has a fool proof system to encourage thousands of students in various Art & Literary forms in each academic year. Perfect time management, impartial Judgement, on the spot arrangements to dispose of appeals etc. makes the art festival unique in all aspects.
From 2008-2009 it becomes a festival of students from Std. VIII to Plus 2 level. In a Nut Shell, School Kalolsavam is a Kaleidoscope of Kerala’s young talent in the field of Art and Literature. Each year the venue of the Kalolsavam is changed from one District to another to ensure the participation of the people throughout the state.
Nowadays School youth festival is similiar to stock exchange. Here competitions are held so seriously as in a battle field. Youth festival must be a venue of many healthy competitions and a honest judgement must be made. So friends, Let us be more alert in preserving the discipline of the events like youth festival.