The main topic for the world meeting of Focolare Youth will be personal, social and political borders. This event which will take place in Manila, the Philippines from 6-8 July 2018 will be broadcast through live streaming.
The Focolari Youth have opted for the important theme of borders – hence the title “Beyond all borders” – for the world event that will be held in Manila from 6 to 8 July. They want to invite for a brave change of outlook on peoples, cultures and economies. They claim that a radical change is needed in such times of exasperation of particularisms and social closures.
Born in 1973 from an idea of Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolari, the Genfest arrives at its eleventh edition; for the first time it will be held outside Europe. It will take place in the capital city of the Philippines from 6 to 8 July and 6,000 young people, aged 18 to 30 years, are expected to attend. Thousands of others will participate in the other 23 local editions that are being prepared.
They would like individuals and our nations to look beyond their personal, cultural, religious and political boundaries, to meet others and let themselves be contaminated by diversity.The Genfest will be a unique laboratory in the world: those who will take part in it will find the necessary instruments to change themselves and their environment. As Pope Francis augured during his recent visit to Loppiano, they will be able to change “I” into “we”.
A lot of space will be given to experiences: gestures of help and reconciliation in situations of conflict; supporting and welcoming people that live in refugee camps; commitment to a new way of doing politics, dialogue between different religions, etc.
On July 7, in the afternoon, the Genfest is proposing the activity: Hands forHumanity. Those present will be able to partcipate in any one of 12 activities of solidarity and urban redevelopment that will be organized in different parts of Manila.
The Explo (an acronym composed by the words “Exposition” and Exploration”) leads the visitor through an immersive sensorial experience of the history of humanity, from the perspective of universal fraternity.
There will be 110 forums and workshops on key issues about the construction of open and supportive societies: from urban cleaning techniques and care of the territory, to social enterprise forms, to the management of personal and political conflicts, to the use of social media for peace, and much more.
Follow the Genfest
It will be possible to follow the live streaming, broadcast in English with translations in French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish through the Youth for a United World website: http://www.y4uw.org/live
Timetable live streaming (Manila time, UTC/GMT +8 ore):
6 July: 16-18:30 e 20-21:45
7 July: 17:45-18:45 e 20-21:45
8 July: 10:30-13
Social media regarding the event:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/genfest/ o @genfest
Twitter: https://twitter.com/genfest_en o @genfest_en
Youtube: genfest-official or https://www.youtube.com/c/GenfestOfficial