The start of the World Culture Camp, which will be the place for Exchange and Cohesion. From the morning of July 6th, the rain began to come down until late, in the Busan Haeundae District, the place where the opening ceremony of the ‘IYF World Culture Camp’ was planned to be held. The rainy season seemed to have a massive influence. From one o’ clock in the afternoon the participants of the World Culture Camp began to register in the Busan Bexco Auditorium. As the stream of students began to flow in soon, the registration area became full. The students here and there bore faces of expectation and excitement.
While the Gracias concert and the opening ceremony of the IYF World Culture Camp was planned to be held at seven o’ clock in the evening, there were a few worries because of the weather, whether it will affect the event but towards six o’ clock the drops of rain began to stop and fresh wind blew in the beautiful beach. On this day, 40000 Busan citizens, IYF World Culture Camp participants and IYF members were gathered.
In the middle of the heightening atmosphere the IYF chairman Munteck Park gave his opening speech for the IYF World Culture Camp. “Until now we have often lived out lives only looking at side. Until now, when we seen the world, the people around you or even yourself we have times when we only look at a single side. Although it rains and the sea looks scary, in those days there times when you can also see the beautiful beach. If we look around us with a new heart we can see that all the things around us are truly wonderful. I thank all the 2014 IYF students, VIPs, and Busan citizens and I hope that you will actually open your heart and become able to talk about anything over the course of the 12 days.
Following that Sangyoung Kim (Ex-chairman of Busan Educational University) gave his welcoming speech.
Then the choir with the honourable grand prize of the international choir competition, Gracias Choir, with IYF artists took the stage. The artists were given a chance to freely communicate to the audience through the explanation of the songs, and their music mixed with the beautiful sea filled the people’s hearts with emotion.
The founder of the IYF, Pastor Ock Soo Park, used the story of the girl whose parents divorced and was living lonely, because of the lack of communication, until she came to the World Camp. When she learned to share her heart her life brightened. Using such example he explained, “When God made humans, the heart is made to be kept happy by conversation. These days there are many youth who have a dark heart going through difficulty but I hope that the IYF World Culture Camp can be a joyful time for you.”
“I came from far away by train to here in Busan Haeundae Beach and I really enjoyed travelling with my family for the first time on the train. Also, listening to the Russian musicians was so touching and cool. Last year I was only able to see it on video but when I came here myself to watch it on Haeundae Beach the standard of music is very high which made it so much more wonderful. I think that it had truly been a fun, useful time for the Busan citizens, students and all of my family.” Sooyoung Kang/ Suwon City