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Giant youth fair hopes to tackle tough issues

Published onsdag 7 januari 2015 kl 11.55
"I don't fit in anywhere"
(5:45 min)
Jackocalypse at MY youth fair 2015. Photo: Ryan Tebo/Sveriges Radio.
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Cosplay artist "Jackocalypse" says he still does not fit in at the fair. Photo: Ryan Tebo/Sveriges Radio.
Swedish Army promoting drug-free lifestyle for youths. Photo: Ryan Tebo/Sveriges Radio.
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Swedish Army promoting drug-free lifestyle for youths. Photo: Ryan Tebo/Sveriges Radio.
Matilda Reiderstedt (on right) from Kvinna till kvinna (woman to woman). Photo: Ryan Tebo/Sveriges Radio.
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Matilda Reiderstedt (on right) from Kvinna till kvinna (woman to woman). Photo: Ryan Tebo/Sveriges Radio.
J-Pop singer Yumizu Sutoorii performs at MY youth fair. Photo: Ryan Tebo/Sveriges Radio.
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J-Pop singer Yumizu Sutoorii performs at MY youth fair. Photo: Ryan Tebo/Sveriges Radio.

The MY youth fair is in its third year and features cultural and sport activities for kids, as well as information about how to plan for their futures and how to deal with difficult social issues like drugs, alcohol and sexuality.

The fair, for young people between ten and twenty, is held at the convention center in the Stockholm suburb Älvsjö. In 2014, around 12,000 attended the fair.

Festival organizer Gunnar Svensson says there were even more this year.

Some of the issues discussed at the fair include transexuality and also feminism. Gunnar Svensson says to Radio Sweden he thinks the organisers have a responsibility to make sure the fair goers get exposed to important issues.

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