An international youth festival organised by the Soviet government attracted youngsters from 100 countries, during the last two weeks of July.
An international youth festival organised by the Soviet government attracted youngsters from 100 countries, during the last two weeks of July. Among the participants were a number of celebrities and prominent writers from around the world.
SYNOPSIS: They came from as far away as Vietnam in south east Asia, to Bolivia in South America. Many African and European countries were represented as well, and they covered the full range of the political spectrum.
The theme of the two week get-together, which was held at the Artek Pioneer Camp near the Back Sea was, "May there always be sunshine". The festival's purpose was to give the youngsters an opportunity to meet others from differing cultures.
At opening ceremonies in the camp's Central Stadium, the international band of youths put on a colourful display of dancing and singing.
With the help of group leaders, the children made friends, and spent time painting, swimming, and discussing their varied backgrounds.
Joining in the jamboree were world-famous celebrities and writers, including the well-known United States baby expert, Dr. Benjamin Spock. His book revolutionised the way parents brought up their children in the 50's and 60's. Also there was Gladys Marine, General Secretary of the Communist Youth of Chile. The end of the festival was climaxed with a dazzling night display of fireworks and singing.