The 18th National Youth Festival will be held in Ludhiana from January 12 to 16.
The festival is being held on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Every year January 12, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, is observed as the National Youth Day.
The festival is being organised by the ministry of youth affairs and sports and the Punjab government.
Over 5000 youth will participate at the festival wherein each State/UT government is expected to send a contingent of 100 participants for participating in a multitude of competitive and non-competitive activities such as classical vocal solo, classical dance, folk dance, one act play and many others.
On January 12, opening ceremony will be organised at the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, and will be inaugurated by Jitendra Singh, minister of state (Independent Charge) youth affairs and sports.
Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari woud be the guest of honour and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will preside over the function.
During the ceremony, National Youth Awards and Awards to Outstanding Youth Clubs will also be conferred. Other major events during the inaugural function will be a March Past by state contingents.
The closing ceremony of the festival will be held on January 16 in which prizes will be distributed for the various competitive events held during the festival.
The theme of the National Youth Festival this year is 'Youth For Drugs Free World'. In recent years, a worrying trend of increasing drug abuse among the youth of our country is emerging and this issue is fast threatening to derail the promise of the much talked about demographic dividend.