- The National Festival will ensure the participation of youth from all over India taking active part in various competitive and non-competitive events, Yuva Kriti exhibition, food festival, spreading the message of national unity and integration etc. from Jan 12 to Jan 16, 2017.
- The host state Haryana is making elaborate arrangements for successful organization of this prestigious national event, along with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), a Government of India organisations.
- The opening and closing ceremony of the 21st National Youth Festival will be held on January 12 and January 16 respectively in the sports stadium complex of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak.
- All the participating State contingents will participate in the march past in their traditional custom attire. A gala cultural programme will be organized during the opening ceremony.
- Competitive and non-Competitive events, Suvichar, Yuva Kriti exhibition and Food Festival, Adventure Sports event will be organized during the festival.
- State contingents will take part in Competitive Events like One Act Play (English/Hindi), Folk Dance, Folk Song, Classical Vocal Solo (Hindustani/Carnatic), Classical Instrumental Solo (Sitar/Flute/Tabla/Veena/Mridangyam), Harmonium (Light), Guitar, and Classical Dance. Besides, Non-Competitive events, Young Artistes Camp will also be organized.
- The National Youth Festival 2017 will also showcase the policies and programme of Government of India, especially to promote Digital economy. Stalls for Digital Payment Training (UPI/e-wallet/debit cards/credit cards/PoS etc.) will be put up at various venues of NYF to educate the masses about digital financial transactions.
- Another unique attraction of NYF 2017 will be a number of Selfie Spots with attractive backdrops based upon flagship programmes of Government of India where the delegates and general youth may get their selfies clicked.
About National Youth Festival
- The National Youth Festival in India is an annual gathering of youth with various activities including competitive ones. Celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of youth icon Swami Vivekananda.
- It is organized by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India in collaboration with one of the State Governments. Thus it is held in a different state each year during National Youth Week, 12 to 16 January every year
- The National Youth Festival began in 1995 as a major activity under the programme of National Integration Camp (NIC).
- In collaboration with one of the States and institutions like Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and the National Service Scheme (NSS), the Government of India conducts this programme every year.
- Like the National Youth Festival, States are also encouraged to hold state level, district level and block level youth festivals in the same format as that of the National Youth Festival.
- The centre of the festival focuses on cultural aspects and a number of other programmes covering a wide variety of activities, which not only reflect the spirit of friendship but also peace and development.
- Besides all this, this festival provides a nationwide exposure to the youth for the expression and fulfilment of their cultural talents and aspirations.