Russian President Vladimir Putin greeted participants of the XIX International Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi on Sunday. «The first festival was held seven decades ago. Back then, young men and women of your age were brought together by the power of a dream,» said the President. The opening ceremony took place at The Bolshoy Ice Dome, in Sochi's Olympic Park. The closing ceremony... Еще will be held on October 21 at the same venue. Within the framework of the Festival 2017, participants are expected to get engaged in various programs and projects, to meet with the specially invited guests, including several Russian ministers, as well as some «celebrities», such as French writer Frederick Begbeder, motivational speaker Nick Vuychich, famous athletes, models, actors and directors, singers and musicians. It is the third time in Russia's history that it hosts such an international event that gets together young people from across the world. This time number of participants to join the Festival sets records in the event's history and amounts up to 30 thousand people from 180 countries. On October 14, the carnival on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first Moscow's Festival of Youth and Students 1957 took place in Russia's capital and gave a start to the XIX International Festival of Youth and Students 2017.