Chancellor Yunus addresses Europe’s biggest open-air music festival

06 August 2014

Chancellor Yunus addresses Europe’s biggest open-air music festival

Chancellor Yunus addresses Europe’s biggest open-air music festival

GCU Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yunus called on young people to be leaders at the Woodstock Festival in Poland, the biggest open-air music festival in Europe.

The 20th Woodstock Festival, which takes its name from the legendary 1969 event, was held in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland.  The Festival is a free music festival which saw more than half a million people attend at the beginning of August.

Addressing the audience, Professor Yunus said: "You can see the flaws of the system more clearly than those in the older generation, because your minds are still free to observe things.

“Older minds have gotten so used to the way things are, they cannot see what is wrong with them. You must feel strongly enough and disgusted enough to jump into daring departures from the current system."

In a passionate speech, he urged young people to be the designers of a new system, asserting that Governments don’t design the economy but rather follow the blueprint prepared by economists.

He added: “Don't be blind followers, be leaders. Go through the unbeaten path; our only escape route is in the unbeaten path. Discover it. If you don't, nobody will.”

The Festival is organised by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation to acknowledge all volunteers and supporters who take part in the annual Grand Finale fundraiser in January.

This year’s line-up included the Kaiser Chiefs, Enter Shikari, Anthrax, Ugly Kid Joe, Atari Teenage Riot and Third World.

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