open spaces. workshops. creative stages.

SEAYouth 2020

online festival for Young Southeast Asians!


Southeast Asia's Youth Collective Statement 2020

In commemoration of International Youth Day (Aug 12) and World Humanitarian Day (Aug 19), ASEAN Youth Forum brought together more than 1000 youth around Southeast Asia to raise concerns on the region’s current situation related to Human Rights, Democracy, Justice, Freedom, and Peace in a fully digital online festival — The SEAYOUTH Festival. The output of the festival is a Youth Collective Statement calling for 15 important points to ASEAGovernments and Leaders, Civil Society, and Youth in Southeast Asia. The statement addresses youth-perspective on the current situation in the region in the context of COVID-19. This Youth Collective Statement is a symbol of young people engagement in the democratization of Southeast Asia and a part of young people participation to ensure an inclusive, people-centered, gender-sensitive, and right-based community in Southeast Asia. Read here.


The output of the Global Meet Up session is here.


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 the World Humanitarian Day (August 19) 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.

Panels of Experts

Organizing Committee

We are so proud that SEAYouth Festival is organized by all-women committee.

Supported by






SEAYouth Online Festival is from Friday, August 14th, 2020 to Sunday, August 16th, 2020. All indicated time is in GMT+7 (Jakarta, Bangkok Time)

day 1




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 ASEAN Youth Town Hall comes as an open space 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. The voices will not only end-up in discussion but they will be formulated youth collective statement that will be released on World Humanitarian Day (August 19th, 2020). 

Session 1: Freedom of Expression & Freedom of Press
August 14th, 2020
5.30 - 7.00 PM

Session 2:  Gender-based Violence & LGBTIQ+ Rights
August 15th, 2020
2.05 - 3.20 PM

Session 3: The Rights to Education & Youth Uneployment
August 16th, 2020
2.15 - 3.30 PM


Facilitated by:

The digital space nowadays has also become a personal platform for youths to develop themselves and their potential to excel in their respective paths. This “new world” platform provides from general to specialization fields that youth can utilize their digital skills, one of them is through E-sports. Through this session, the participants will be introduced about E-Sports, which is a form of online sport competition platform. This session will be driven by e-sport experts who will share their fruitful knowledge to the participants about the platform. They will be able to learn how it has the potential to create precious opportunities for those who want to become career professionals relating to various forms of digital expertise through providing more exposure to the digital career space.

Friday, August 14th, 2020
07.30 - 08.30 PM


Youth Virtual Stage is a space for Young Southeast Asians to take the mic, claim the space, and say, perform, and share anything to the festival audience. The performances can be (not limited to) a performative speech, oration, monologue, poetry reading, singing, dancing, or simply a sharing of just one thing about how you are feeling about the current situation in the world. Wanna get featured in this session? go to this page.

Friday, August 14th, 2020
08.30 - 09.30 PM


Facilitated by:

A series of capacity building sessions where youth can hone and improve their soft skills and knowledge on various issues and contexts.

Available sessions:
1. Woman room: How to claim space as woman to be a leader?

2. How to be employed using digital platform
3a. Youth Activism Training : How to Negotiatie
3b. Youth Engagement - Design Thinking
4. What are your rights? Human Right 101
5. Refugee in SEA: Their Rights and Situation
6. Stay Woke and Green: Environment Issues in SEA
7. Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights Training for Youth

read more about this session.

Saturday, August 15th, 2020
03.30 - 05.00 PM

one participant can only choose and attend one workshop


Facilitated by:

This session is a safe space to start conversing about mental health among youth. The coronavirus pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and uncertainty about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, could make people feel isolated and lonely and could increase stress and anxiety. In this session, the discussion will revolve around (1) why is mental health important? (2) how are the mental health conditions of people internationally and in SEA? (3) how are the mental health of youths being impacted during COVID-19? (4) what are the risk factors for a decline in mental wellbeing? (5) what can we do to tackle mental health issues?

Saturday, August 15th, 2020
05.00 - 06.00 PM

trigger warning: mental health. the facilitators are experts in handling conversation on mental health.


Special Presentation:

Min Ye Htut, Career Coach
AIESEC Myanmar
Global Shaper
Putra Aditya, YSEALI Indonesia

The pandemic challenges Young Southeast Asians' development. In this session, participants can have special access to various youth opportunities. The participants can learn more about festival opportunity partners, which include regional and international organizations. Through this session, the participant can level up not only their personal development but also career development.

Saturday, August 15th, 2020
06.00 - 07.30 PM

Co-organized by:

The Global Meet Up is a session where the South East Asian youths will unite and have discussions with other youths around the globe to discuss various global issues. The session is an opportunity for the international youths to be involved in the festival as well as nurturing connections with the youth in Southeast Asia. The format would be an open space, where participants will be divided into 3 rooms with the discussions facilitated by a co-host in each room. 

if you are youth from Southeast Asia, you can join the global meet up just by registering to the SEAYouth Festival.

if you are youth around the globe (outside Southeast Asia), you can join the global meet up by registering here.

read more about the session.

Saturday, August 15th, 2020
09.00 - 10.15 PM (GMT+7, Jakart, Bangkok Time)
San Fransisco: 7AM
Mexico: 9AM
Brazil, Argentina: 11 AM
London: 3 PM
Tokyo: 11 PM
Melbourne: Midnight
Africa: 4 PM
India: 7.30 PM
the festival provide English-Spannish Interpreters.


We will be showcasing inspiring videos about what the youth changemakers across ASEAN are contributing to during the COVID-19 situation. This can become an encouragement to the growth of regional changemaking communities, especially in the midst of the pandemic. The committee will be selecting the videos to be featured in this session. Wanna get featured in this session? go to this page.

Sunday, August 16th, 2020
03.30 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 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 kind of youth groups can join this festival?
    Everyone is welcomed regardless of your personal identification. However, youths 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.

  5. What if I am not South East 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 and Vietnam. However, if you are not a Southeast Asian Youth, do consider to join us in the Global Meetup session which will be held on the 2nd day of the festival. This session is open for youths around the world.

  6. What if I am younger than 18 or older than 35? Can I still join the event?
    The festival is specifically designed for youths aged 18 - 35. Thus, youths aged below 18 years are unfortunately not permitted to join the event. However, youths 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?
    No, we are not providing e-certificate for this event. However, 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.