What is ISFiT?
ISFiT is short for the “International Student Festival in Trondheim”, and is the
largest international student festival in the world. ISFiT is a biennial festival and
is arranged in the city of Trondheim, Norway. During the festival, 450 students
from all over the world gather in Trondheim together with more than 400
student volunteers. ISFiT is a non-profit festival.
Theme: Global Trade
Each festival has a theme related to social and political topics with international
relevance. The theme for ISFiT 2013 is global trade. The participants of the
festival attend 17 different workshops, which highlight global trade in various
ways. The festival theme will also be addressed through plenary sessions during
the festival. With global trade, ISFiT aims to create a constructive debate across
ideological and national boundaries. In addition to the workshops, ISFiT also
presents a vast cultural program with well-known artists and performers.
The aim of ISFiT
ISFiT 2013’s vision is to create a better future for young people in the world. By
being a meeting place for discussion and debate, a place where the participants
can trade ideas and visions—where friendships are made and valuable lessons
learned—ISFiT aims at fostering inspiration and being a starting point for
international cooperation amongst students.
A brief history of ISFiT
ISFiT has been arranged every other year since 1990, and has hosted a wide
range of renowned personalities. Past speakers include His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, former Director-General of WHO Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland and Nobel
Peace Prize Laureates Dr. José Ramos-Horta, Professor Wangari Maathai and
Dr. Desmond Tutu. In 2011, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Norway
Haakon Magnus opened the festival. In 1997 ISFiT started arranging Dialogue
Groups, and in 1999 ISFiT became the host of the Student Peace Prize.
ISFiT 2013 will be the 12th consecutive festival.
For more information, visit us at: www.isfit.org.