Winners of the Song competition perform on the big stage
The Democracy Youth Festival was designed by the IRI in cooperation with YCC and funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The 9th Youth Festival was held in Siem Reap province from 19th to 27th of June, 2010 and was attended by 70 000 people. The main organizers of the event decided that they would change the format of the event this year, with a series of trainings and competitions being conducted during the festival at Pannasatra University of Cambodia (PUC) and Build Bright University in Siem Reap. There were a range of topics and issues that the training sessions dealt with a number of issues which included; youth and information technology, public opinion surveys, debating, forming petitions, matching grant proposals, Commune Council participation, blog workshops, tour guide skills, as well as finding job opportunities and scholarships. There were also competitions related to most of the training sessions, which provided further incentive for active participation. YCC found that the new format of the festival was more successful then previous ones due to the orientation component of the training sessions. These orientations gave participants a chance to find out about specific topics before signing up for the training. This meant that participants had a clearer idea about which training suited their learning needs. There were approximately 1,100 participants from several universities and high schools who attended 30 trainings on the various topics.