open spaces. regional talks. creative platforms.

SEAYouth 2022

online festival for Young Southeast Asians!


about SEAYouth

SEAYouth is an online festival for Young Southeast Asians to come together, empower each other, and voice out their concerns about the issues related to the Southeast Asia region. The festival is organized to observe the International Youth Day (August 12) and consists of a series of open spaces, forums, workshops, and any other activities that would empower youth, hone their skills, and culminate solidarity for a sustainable rights-based, inclusive, people-centered, and youth-driven regional community.

The festival is organized by ASEAN Youth Forum with the support of our partners. Take a look at the people behind the festival.

What They Say

Check previous festivals: SEAYouth 2020 & SEAYouth 2021

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Panels of Youth Speakers

The line-up of Youth Speakers will be released in July! If you are applying as participants, you have the chance to take the mic, claim the stage, and be one of the speakers in the festival.


We are very humbled for the supports of our partners this year!

Supported by:

Community & Media Partners:


Schedule & Agenda

SEAYouth Online Festival is from Friday, August 12th, 2022 (International Youth Day) to Sunday, August 14th, 2021. All indicated time is in GMT+7 (Jakarta, Bangkok Time). A complete agenda will be announced soon.


Friday, 12 August 2022

4:30 - 5 PM:
Technical Briefing

5 - 6 PM:
SEAYouth Opening

6 - 7 PM:
Youth: Open Space
Key issues: Deforestation, Climate Change & Increased Disaster Risks

7 - 8 PM:
Call Me By My Name
Networking platform to get to know each other in the celebration of the International Youth Day


Saturday, 13 August 2022

12 - 2 PM:
Youth Presentations on Human Rights
School of Advocacy for Youth on Human Rights in Southeast Asia

2 - 3 PM:
Youth: Open Space
Key Issues: Youth’s Presence in Governance

3 - 4 PM:
Grand ASEAN Youth Town Hall
Key Issues: Overconsumption, Overproduction, & Green Economy


Sunday, 14 August 2022

12 - 1 PM:
Grand ASEAN Youth Town Hall
Key Issues: Minority Exclusion & Marginalization

1 - 2 PM:
Regional Talk: Girls & Young Women Activism during COVID-19
How girls and young women navigates and mobilize during the pandemic

2 - 3 PM:
Youth: Open Space
Key Issues: Digital Repression

3 - 4 PM:
Democratic Space
Distillation, statement formulation, & youth interventions

4 - 5 PM:
SEAYouth Closing
Reflection & Exciting Announcement




Chan (The Philippines) & Fatimah Zahrah (ASEAN Youth Forum)

Youth voices are important because the decisions and policies made today will directly affect us as we inherit the future, as the youth can play a vital role in the development of the country. The Grand ASEAN Youth Town Hall comes as a platform to raise youth voices to the world. This is a participative forum between the youths in the Southeast Asian region which provides rich discussion towards related issues that exist in the area regionally.

Livestream on AYF Facebook (English & Sign Language)

Available interpretation: International Sign Language, Khmer, Bahasa Indonesia, Tetum, Thai, Vietnamese, Laotian & Burmese

Session 1: Overconsumption, Overproduction, & Green Economy
August 13th, 2022
03.00 - 4.00 PM

Session 2: Minority Exclusion & Marginalization
August 14th, 2022
12.00 - 1.00 PM


An open space dedicated to focus of the country-based issues and experience. This is an open space where the participants would be put together in a breakout room based on their countries or territories, based on where they live or their nationality. The participant will discuss the given topics and drilling questions in relation to their country. 

List of countries:
1. Brunei Darussalam & Singapore
2. Cambodia
3. Indonesia
4. Lao PDR
5. Malaysia

6. Myanmar
7. Thailand
8. The Philippines
9. Timor-Leste
10. Vietnam

Session 1: Deforestation, Climate Change & Increased Disaster Risk
Friday, August 12th, 2022
06.00 - 07.00 PM
Session 2: Youth’s Presence in Governance
Saturday, August 13th, 2022
02.00 - 03.00 PM
Session 3: Digital Repression
Sunday, August 14th, 2022
02.00 - 03.00 PM




Moderator: Rosalind Ratana (Indonesia)


Selected youth have prepared together to present their ideas, proposals, and recommendations on the advancement of human rights in Southeast Asia. The presentations will be included in the documentation in form of publication. This presentation is organized by School of Advocacy for Youth on Human Rights in Southeast Asia.

In attendance:

  • H.E. Yuyun Wahyuningrum (Indonesia Representative to AICHR)
  • H.E. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Aishah Bidin (Malaysia Representative to AICHR)
  • H.E Aileen S. Mendiola-Rau (Philippine Representative to AICHR)
  • H.E. Mr. Chin Malin, Vice-President of the Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) and the Alternate Representative of Cambodia to AICHR
  • H.E. Mr. Sreang Chenda, Member of CHRC and Director of the Department of International Human Rights and the United Nations.



  1. Tackling sand smuggling in Southeast Asia: A Human Rights Issue
  2. Discriminative and Non-Inclusive Educational System in Southeast Asia
  3. The Right to Choose College Majors
  4. The Inadequacy of Reporting Mechanism for Cases of Violence against Women in Indonesia 
  5. The Long Road to Inclusive Access to Safe Abortion in Indonesia and The Philippines
  6. Myanmar Coup & ASEAN: What Must Be Done

Livestream on AYF Facebook (English & Sign Language)

Available interpretation: International Sign Language, Khmer, Bahasa Indonesia, Tetum, Thai, Vietnamese, Laotian & Burmese

Saturday, August 13th, 2022
12.00 - 02.00 PM


Rosalind Ratana (ASEAN Youth Forum)

A space where youth come together to have a democratic discussion and decide on the elements in the SEA Youth Collective Statement 2021. Democratic spaces will be happening during Grand ASEAN Youth Town Hall and at the final day of the festival.

Livestream on AYF Facebook

(English & Sign Language)

Available interpretation: International Sign Language, Khmer, Bahasa Indonesia, Tetum, Thai, Vietnamese, Laotian & Burmese

At the end of Grand ASEAN Youth Town Hall Sessions

Final Session:

Sunday, August 14th, 2022
03.00 - 04.00 PM


Siti Hajar (ASEAN Youth Forum), Soth Peosamnang (Cambodia), and Aya Huyen Duong (Vietnam)

One of the words in the tagline of The SEAYouth Festival 2021 is “Engage”. It translates into  “Youth engagement is the result when young people are involved in responsible, challenging actions to create positive social change. This means involving youth in planning and in making decisions that affect themselves and others”. One of the key definitions is to involve the participants into getting to know each other, see how shared beliefs could not only inspire but also ignites possible collaborations for social change. In this session, participants take turn to introduce themselves.

Friday, August 12th, 2022
07.00 - 08.00 PM

Regional Talks

Resource persons:



In times of crises, youth is restless and mobilizing the available spaces for a betterment of the situation. The regional talk this year will discuss how girls and young women in Asia Pacific and their respected country do their activism in times of the pandemic COVID-19. Stay tuned to listen and join discussions around the lesson learnt and findings form the experience of youth activists.

Livestream on AYF Facebook (English & Sign Language)

Available interpretation: International Sign Language, Khmer, Bahasa Indonesia, Tetum, Thai, Vietnamese, Laotian & Burmese

Sunday, August 14th, 2022
01.00 - 02.00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this event free?
    Yes, the event is free of charge.

  2. What kind of platform we’ll use in this festival?
    We’ll use Zoom Application, please have it pre-installed on your device.

  3. What if I only attend for 1 or 2 days?
    We encourage selected participants to attend the whole event. However, if you could only attend part of the session, rest assured that there will be no repercussions. It simply means that we would be missing your valuable presence.

  4. What are the roles that we can apply for?
    There are 4 roles of participation in this year's SEAYouth Festival.

    1. as Participants. You need to apply and go under selection process to be granted this role. Selected participants will have access to all the programs of the festival.
    2. as Speakers in Grand ASEAN Youth Town Hall. During your application, you will need to fill up the "Speaker Form" section in the application form. The form is the same with Participant application. As a speaker, you will have a chance to speak in front of regional audiences and influence the statement through your recommendation.
    3. as Festival Volunteers. During your application, you will need to fill up the "Festival Volunteers Form" section in the application form. The form is the same with Participant application. As festival volunteers, you will be coordinating with Festival Team to contribute in building the atmostphere of SEAYouth Festival that is safe, fun, and democratic.
    4. as Public / Observers. This role can only access SEAYouth Festival Public sessions, Online Memorial, Yuwana Stage, and Youth Presentations. No registration / application needed.

  5. What if I am not Southeast Asian?
    This event is mainly organised for Southeast Asian Youths. Southeast Asian Youths are those who are the nationals of and/or live in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines, Timor Leste, Vietnam, plus other territories in Southeast Asia.

  6. What kind of youth can attend the festival? What if I am younger than 15 or older than 35? Can I still join the event?
    Everyone is welcomed regardless of your personal identification. The festival is specifically designed for youths aged 15 - 35.  However, people below the age of 18 and individuals above the age of 35 may only participate as “observers.” The role of the observers is to passively watch the session. Only the committee can grant access to the limited number of observers.

  7. What can I do when someone is making me feel uncomfortable?
    To the organizing committee, your safety is our main priority. All throughout the festival, the participants will be assisted through a virtual ‘HelpDesk’. We encourage you to report or let us know if you feel uncomfortable or when someone is making you feel uncomfortable. Please refer to the ‘Safety Guidelines’ .

  8. What are the consequences if I violate the  rules and regulations?
    Participants are either given warnings or removed directly from the festival based on the violations.

  9. What are the safety measures and how can the festival organizers ensure my safety during the event?
    Good question! Please refer to the ‘Safety Guidelines

  10. Will I get an e-Certificate for attending the festival?
    Yes, we providing e-certificate for this event. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to make new friends of many different backgrounds and foreign lands. In addition, you can also gain a variety of knowledge for your own personal and professional development by attending. Last but definitely not least, you would be a part of a major youth and get connected with fellow youths from all over Southeast Asia.

  11. I have more questions, where should I address them?
    Feel free to contact the organizers through or on our social media: instagram, facebook, and twitter.