Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur (SRMD) UK is set to present a dynamic and collective experience bringing together young people from across the UK for an immersive journey, fostering social impact through the London Youth Festival 2023.
Event organiser Roushab Mehta said, “This unconventional festival welcomes everyone, irrespective of background, race, or religion, for a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and forge new relationships.”
The SRMD London Youth Festival 2023 follows the success of the SRMD Global Youth Festival 2022, where over 3,000 youths worldwide participated in a unique blend of cultural, spiritual, humanitarian, social and athletic activities.
“The SRMD London Youth Festival, inspired by spiritual visionary and global humanitarian Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshji, will bring together youth from across the country and includes 25 remarkable events over two days to bring an exciting and innovative curated experience for the youth,” Mehta said.
The festival will take place at Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood, London, on July 22 and 23, where participants between 18 to 39 years will get a chance to take a break from the drudgery of hectic daily routines and engage in personal development.
Meet the Real You: There will be immersive and interactive ‘Wisdom Masterclasses’ on various topics, including self-reflection, stress management and enriching relationships for a holistic transformation.
Find Compassion: The festival features an impactful Hackathon to encourage innovative solutions to real-time social challenges, led by expert mentors, including Shivani Pau, founder of ‘A Millennial Mind’ podcast. To create a compassionate ripple in those who need it most. Diverse topics like ‘Improving Access to Mental Health for the South Asian communities’, ‘Re-Thinking Food Usage’ to ensure food security and ‘Bridging the gap to Housing access’ will be explored in this segment. The solutions will be then pitched and presented to industry leaders, with an opportunity to take it further, implement and make a difference.
Conquer Fear, Find Purpose: The festival also includes a special Charity Fire Walk – an experience to conquer fears under the guidance of trained experts and challenge yourself whilst raising funds for worthy causes. Participants can create personalised gifts and care packs for children from low-income households, rough sleepers and older people through an end-to-end production line.
Find Peace: The festival presents unique opportunities to align the body and mind through Experiential Wellness, including chocolate meditation, glowstick meditation, techno yoga and Yogalates. Sessions will be led by the Global Head of SRMD Yoga, Atmarpit Shraddhaji, who shared the importance of holistic wellbeing: “Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual fitness has become prime importance amidst our fast-paced & chaotic lives. Let us learn the art of burning karmic calories and nurture our hearts to live a happy and healthy life!”
One can also engage in experience booths such as ‘The Art of Smart Living – Life Hacks to Take Home’, ‘Forging Your Way, Resume Making & Interview Skills’, and ‘Flex Your Mental Muscle, Unlock Your Brain’s Potential’.
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Find Strength: The power-packed schedule also includes a sports tournament featuring football, cricket, netball, and badminton and an opportunity to celebrate one’s heritage through live dance, music and cultural performances.
There will also be an exciting panel discussion showcasing strong female changemakers who have created a real impact in society, including Manisha Tailor MBE, Assistant Head of Coaching (U9-U16) at QPR Football Club, and the only person of South Asian heritage to hold such a position in the English professional game.
“I am delighted to be part of a festival that promotes women empowerment and provides a safe space for the female voice, which is crucial in ensuring that important conversations are had surrounding a range of issues that women still face all over the world, which prevents them from succeeding in life,” Tailor shared her thoughts ahead of the festival.
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