Now in its third year, the festival is showing tremendous growth. Youth and Sports Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek said such growth needs to be encouraged as youths make up a significant percentage of the population and the positive feedback from them indicates the need for platforms such as this to be built to progressively develop their skills.
He also added in the press conference after the opening ceremony that his ministry will bring the matter forward to the Cabinet, seeking further involvement of the other youth related ministries to see through that this festival is utilized to its fullest.
The 3-day festival housed more than 170 events, ranging from open-mic sessions to parkour. With the presence of two stages, one managing the battle of the bands competition while the other held conferences and concerts later in the evening.
The festival also accommodated a full-size futsal court which was used for the futsal competition as well as two full-size basketball courts and a large shopping bazaar section for young designers to showcase their brands.
The festival also saw the presence of Siti Nurhaliza at the opening ceremony, among other local celebrities and youth icons throughout the festival.
With their success this year, the festival is planned to return next year with more guaranteed support from NGOs and related ministries and with their new-found presence within the youth scene, Youth’11 is only going to be bigger, However it is solely up to the organisers to maintain its concept of “by the youth, for the youth” if it is to remain relevant which will determine its success in the year to come.