It Begins with you

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YOUTH FESTIVAL July 16, 2006

Welcome to the website for the SGI-USA Northeast Zone Youth Festival! At 1pm on July 16, over 3,000 youth of all ages from all over the Northeastern U.S. will convene at the world-famous Lincoln Center for performing arts in New York City. The festival will celebrate the diversity and energy of the youth division of the SGI-USA and will feature performances by live music bands, Brazilian Capoiera, Youth Gymnastics, Latin and African Dance, Chinese Dragon Dance, Korean Drummers, Hip-Hop dance, spoken word, turntable performances, and youth chorus. Many other groups are working behind the scenes as well to create promotional material, ensure the safety of each participant and audience member and chant for the success of the festival.

The Youth Festival’s theme is “It All Begins with Me” which signifies the youth’s commitment to stand up and be the vanguard in sharing this dynamic Buddhism, dedicated to peace and true happiness. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the poem "To My Beloved Young American Friends –Youthful Bodhisattvas of the Earth”, written by our mentor President Daisaku Ikeda, all of the performances have taken inspiration from the poem and are using it to shape their acts.

The SGI-USA is a lay Buddhist association that promotes world peace and individual happiness based on the teachings of the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin. Its goals are to contribute to peace, culture and education. Members of the SGI-USA practice the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin for personal happiness and for development of a peaceful society. Toward that end, the SGI engages in various activities to promote peace, culture and education based on Buddhism.

This is a free but ticketed event so you need to reserve a seat to attend. Please contact your local youth leader to reserve a seat for you and your guests. Tickets will be available at 11am on July 16 and Lincoln Center and doors will open at 12:30pm.

Please click here to contact us and find out how to get involved, ask questions or leave comments. All youth (including YOU) are welcome. Thank you for visiting!

Journal 1 (April 23)
Journal 2 (May 14)
Journal 3 (May 21)
Journal 4 (June 11)
Journal 5 (June 18)
Journal 6 (June 25)
Journal 7 (July 1st)
July 8th & 9th
July 15th
July 16th

African Performance
Asian Performance
Brazilian Capoeira
Hip Hop (Dance Battle)
Hip Hop (DJ Battle)
Hip Hop (MC Battle)
Latin Dance
YMD Athletics
Youth Band
Youth Chorus
YWD Dance

Art Committee
Byakuren, Soka, Gajokai
Documentary Committee
Lunch Committee
Promotional Committee

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May 14th
May 21st
June 11th
June 18th
June 25th (Teens)
June 25th
July 1st (Teens)
July 8th & 9th
July 15th