Generation Amazing Festival focuses on the power of football to transform communities

Yesterday, officials, guests and youth representatives at the opening ceremony of the Generation Amazing Festival 2021 in Education City. Photo: Salim Matramkot / The Peninsula

Generation Amazing Festival 2021, an event intended to inspire a generation committed to social change through the power of sport started yesterday in Education City in the presence of more than a hundred young people.
Organized in partnership with the Qatar Foundation, the GA Festival 2021 offers a unique opportunity for young people across the region to experience the power of football and how it can be used to transform their communities.
“Generation Amazing’s legacy has impacted many people over the years. The theme of our third festival this year ‘All In’ emphasizes the vital role every young person must play in improving their community, ”Generation Amazing Program Director Nasser Al Khori said at the opening ceremony. The four-day GA Festival 2021 will focus on connecting young people aged 16-24 to the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Qatar and creating sustainable learning experiences.
Qatar Foundation’s Community Development President Machaille Hassan Al Naimi said: “We are very happy to have more than 100 Arabs here for the festival in honor of the FIFA Arab Cup. . Over the next four days, I hope that the young participants will enjoy the Cité de l’Education.
“As a strategic partner, we are honored to be in so many ways. Not only by welcoming an amazing group of people with us, but by having different entities within the Qatar Foundation offer you sessions. This partnership really excites me, the impact we have together is powerful, ”she added.
The opening ceremony of the 2021 GA Festival featured Giles Duley, a photographer best known for his work on the long-term impact of war, sharing his incredible life story of being injured in an accident and then of stand on a land mine and lose three limbs. Duley explained how he harnessed his strength at an extremely difficult time in his life.
“Don’t think about the things you can’t control, but focus on the things you can. So excellent in these areas, ”Duley said of the young people and his speech received an emotional ovation from the audience. He also hosted a photography workshop yesterday. Mariam Al Dhubhani, an award-winning Yemeni-Russian journalist, filmmaker and curator also shared her experience working on a document on young war refugees.
The GA Festival 2021 will feature football development workshops and details on the recently announced “One Goal Arabia” program, which Generation Amazing has launched in collaboration with Aurora for Training and Development, the Asian Football Confederation and the African Confederation of Africa. soccer. Key themes will include the use of football as a tool for development and peace, solving social challenges, project management and implementation, as well as leadership and advocacy.
The festival will end with a football tournament for the good called “All In Game”, designed to maximize the results of the development of social skills. On the last day of the program, participants will watch the FIFA Arab Cup Final at Al Bayt Stadium.

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